“At the Wood Pile”

The first sound he heard in the morning was a sharp cry. He thought he was dreaming, but he looked...

Story of the Week

“What Should Not Matter”

A thimble. This is what she had picked—with great care he was sure—to give him for their first anniversary. I wanted to do something,...

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From the Archive

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“Alfonso”

Now, when I sit on the shore of our troubled little town on the Gulf of Mexico, I make believe that the water is blue and not the brown,...

Suggestions & Advice for Writers

Quick Flashes from Novels

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Novel Flash: The Lion Seeker

Whatever crouched beyond the lakes and forests of her green life was unseeable as night. She had never studied a map till it came time to...

Looking for Advice from Agents?

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Ask an Agent Series: Kimberley Cameron

Kimberley Cameron is the President at Kimberley Cameron & Associates, For this installment of our Ask an Agent Series, we...

Featured Essay

“Through a Glass Darkly: Crime Fiction as a Window on American Culture”

The author Tom Wolfe (The Bonfire of the Vanities) once said that the purpose of fiction was, among other things, to chronicle a...

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Interviews

What Are Editors Looking For?

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Ask an Editor Series: Jason Jordan

Jason Jordan is the Editor-in-Chief of decomP magazine. For this segment of our Ask an Editor Series, we asked Jason what he typically...

Recent Reviews

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A Review of Lydia Davis’ Can’t and Won’t

Can’t and Won’t by Lydia Davis (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)   In Lydia Davis’s new collection of short stories,...

Looking for Recommendations on What to Read?

A List of Flash Fiction Collections

FIELD GUIDE TO WRITING FLASH FICTION: TIPS FROM EDITORS, TEACHERS, AND WRITERS IN THE FIELD,  edited by Tara Masih, Rose Metal Press,...

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Audio Readings from Our Authors

The Story Behind the Story

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The Story Behind the Story: “The Trespasser”

This story started with a vague but familiar feeling. I sometimes have the sense that I’m trespassing in the world, and I wanted to...

Looking for Publishing Tips?

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“Giving Readers Something To Love”

If a flash has been workshopped, it has become accustomed to unique attention—that of a handful of writers giving it their...

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