Hint Fiction: An anthology of stories in 25 words or fewer

My contributor copy of this anthology arrived the other day and I’ve been devouring it in small bites – very good for the literary waistline.  It’s a cracker of a book, and I’m embarassed to say that, when I submitted, I really had no idea what it was.

So now I feel like the backwater cousin among such names as Joyce Carol Oats and Tess Gerritsen and J.A Konrath.  But it’s certainly a nice place to be, even if I am hovering beside the punch bowl and eating all the vol-au-vents.

But the anthology is brilliant – I read some stories out to my husband on the way home (25 word stories are just right for car reading and discussion) and we were alternately amused and touched.  It’s amazing the depth of feeling you can get in 25 words.

You can find out more about the anthology at Robert Swartwood’s site, or pick it up at Amazon.  Read the review in The New Yorker for more of an idea. There’s also a giveaway at Goodreads.  I think it would make a great Christmas gift for that hard-to-buy-for person.

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11 thoughts on “Hint Fiction: An anthology of stories in 25 words or fewer

  1. Wow. I tried to do this with a really short piece (55 words) I’d already completed. This hint fiction is HARD! But I’m gonna keep trying. I’m even more impressed with you, Merrilee, than I already was….

  2. This is so cool! Congratulations! I can hardly wait to read the book and to try writing some of these myself.

    BTW, I went to a Joyce Carol Oates reading last night — though she read considerably more than 25 words (Pumpkin Head). She looks like Louisa May Alcott.

  3. Congratulations on being included in the anthology! It certainly sounds intriguing. I’d struggle trying to write anything remotely meaningful in 25 words! Will definitely have a look at this!

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