|POST AS MUCH AS YOU WANT||1||Gloria Garfunkel||8 months ago by Gloria Garfunkel|
|UNDER 500 WORDS||1||Gloria Garfunkel||8 months ago by Gloria Garfunkel|
|Two contradictory words for Microfiction||1||Gloria Garfunkel||9 months ago by Gloria Garfunkel|
|MICRO CAFE NOW OPEN TO ALL MICROS||1||Gloria Garfunkel||10 months ago by Gloria Garfunkel|
|PAY THE TROLL...||1||Gloria Garfunkel||10 months ago by Gloria Garfunkel|
|WHAT'S ONE WORD...||3||Gloria Garfunkel||9 months ago by Gloria Garfunkel|
|ONE STORY AT A TIME PER PAGE||1||Gloria Garfunkel||10 months ago by Gloria Garfunkel|
|Micrononfiction, include?||3||Ann Bogle||9 months ago by Ann Bogle|
|OPEN TO PUBLISHED STORIES: PROS AND CONS||9||Gloria Garfunkel||10 months ago by Gloria Garfunkel|
|Group Project||9||Gloria Garfunkel||10 months ago by Gloria Garfunkel|
ALL MICROFICTION ALL THE TIME.
Here's a place to post both published and unpublished Microfiction and a place to discuss and debate the special aesthetics of the genre.
Some sources claim word count under 100, others under 200, others under 400 and still others under 500. Your guess is as good as mine, but 500 is the absolute limit. The shorter the better. Poetry welcome.
Joseph Young in FRIGG, Spring 2009, wrote,
"To be its own genre, microfiction needs to do something that other forms won’t. It needs to use language, description, dialogue, character to tell a story that can’t be told any other way. It’s not just compression, and it’s not just leaving things out, background info on characters or such. Microfiction needs to carve out whole worlds in a space small enough to fit the eye. You look, just once, and there the whole story is, on the page...
"If fiction (e.g., narrative) is time, then microfiction is microtime. But let me caveat. A microfiction can describe the entire life of a character. It can illustrate birth, marriage, death, 80 years of experience. But the amount from that 80 years that actually occurs in microfiction, in microtime, is nearly nothing, a tenth of a second."
Me? I think of microfiction as the miniature galaxy inside the marble hung from the cat's collar in Men in Black.
To keep this group vibrant and alive, don't just post and run. Take the time to comment and especially engage in the discussion threads. It will make for a richer group experience.
--Gloria Garfunkel, Micro Cafe Barista