As you can see in the photo above, my dog Paragraph is playing with one of my very short stories. It fits on a small post-it note. Which he is now eating.
Writing very short fiction is a terrific way to stretch your creative muscles. You must select every word with care. Each sentence must be worth it’s room on the page.
Have you written a short story in 250 words or less? 100 words? Shorter? If you have, or if you do, there are plenty of magazines looking for submissions. Check out this list:
140 characters or less (a twitter-length story!): Nanoism http://nanoism.net/submit/
1500 characters (these stories fit on a postcard): Postcard Shorts http://www.postcardshorts.com/write.html
50 words: 50-Word Stories https://fiftywordstories.com/submissions/
100 words: 100 Word Story http://www.100wordstory.org/submit/
100 words or less: Microfiction Monday Magazine https://microfictionmondaymagazine.com/submissions/
150 words or less: Hoot http://www.hootreview.com/submissions/
200 words or less: Dozplot http://dogzplot.blogspot.com
250 words or less: Short, Fast, and Deadly https://shortfastanddeadly.submittable.com/submit
500 words or less: Vestal Review https://vestalreview.submittable.com/submit
500 words or less: 5X5 Journal https://5x5litmag.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/
500 words or less: Burningword Literary Journal https://5x5litmag.wordpress.com/submission-guidelines/
My advice for an artistic boost: Take a break from your other writing projects for an hour and create something very short. Then cut the word count in half!