Today (May 16) is International Flash Fiction Day. This seems a good time to look at that little upstart in the modern fiction movement. For a great compilation of potential markets, see Jim Harrington's comprehensive list at Flash Fiction Chronicles. Also, in honor of Jim, here are six questions to ponder. Post your answers as a reply, if you'd like to play along.
1. What does the popularity of flash fiction suggest about our current culture?
2. Is flash fiction easier or more difficult to write than short fiction (e.g. short stories, novellas)?
3. What makes a great flash stand out?
4. Should flash fiction be considered a "marketing" category (short story, novella, novelette, novel), or is it a style of fiction (e.g. science fiction, thriller, mystery, etc)?
5. Will flash fiction survive the test of time, or is it simply a flash in the pan?
6. Is the explosion of flash fiction a net gain to the field or a net loss? For readers? For writers?
While you're pondering these issues, why not read a flash or three? What's the most impressive flash you've read today (this week? ever?)