How long is a story?

A few years ago I sent a piece of flash fiction to Chris Fielden’s 81 Words Writing Challenge. I think I am author 327, under my real-life name. Now that 1000 stories have been received, the stories have mostly been moved off the challenge’s website and into a book, with an official publication date: Saturday 20th November 2021.

There are some absolute gems in the collection. If you want to get your hands on a paper copy, you can preorder it from Victorina Press, https://www.victorinapress.com/product/81-words-flash-fiction-anthology/

It will be available globally from Amazon and, in due course, from Waterstones and many other book retailers. The eBook version of the anthology is also available for pre-order.

Proceeds from book sales will support The Arkbound Foundation, a charity in the UK that aims to widen access to literature and improve diversity within publishing.

You can find more details on the challenge website, here https://www.christopherfielden.com/books/81-words-flash-fiction-anthology.php

At the time I wrote my little snippet of a scene, I was running a flash fiction workshop as an enrichment activity for 6th form students, many of whom didn’t want to be there, insisting “I can’t write a story!” until I asked, “When was the last time you told a lie, and what was it you said?”

Other students engrossed themselves reading and writing six-word stories, in one case coming up with an entire backstory for For sale: baby jacket. Never worn.

To my great delight, there is an 81-word story written by one of my reluctant authors in the collection too.

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