Introducing the Drabble Quarterly

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The Drabble Vol. 1, Iss. 1

Please check out the first issue of our quarterly e-zine featuring some of our favorite pieces from this site.

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The 2016 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose

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28-1From our friends at Gulf Coast:

Gulf Coast is now accepting entries for the 2016 Barthelme Prize for Short Prose. The contest is open to pieces of prose poetry, flash fiction, and micro-essays of 500 words or fewer. Established in 2008, the contest awards its winner $1,000 and publication in the journal. Two honorable mentions receive $250 and will also appear in issue 29.2, due out in April 2017. All entries will be considered for paid publication on our website as online exclusives.

Jim Shepard will judge this year’s contest. Shepard has written seven novels, including The Book of Aron, published in 2015, which won the Sophie Brody Medal for Excellence in Jewish Literature and the PEN/New England Award for Fiction, and four story collections, including Like You’d Understand, Anyway, a finalist for the National Book Award and Story Prize winner.  His previous novel, Project X, won the…

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What Exactly Is Drabble?

We thought we’d pass along this great site for any one interested in a place to read and submit flash fiction. Below is an excerpt from their about page, and the reblogged post goes into detail about what “drabble” is:

“Send your original drabble to us at drabbleonline@gmail.com. Please include your name, WordPress link, and the title of your piece (Note: The title and by-line do not count against the 100-word submission limit.) If you’d prefer to remain anonymous, please indicate that in your email.”

If you are short story writer of longer stories looking for a place to submit your works, we recommend Duotrope

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By The Drabble

Poem? Story? Brain vomit? A snapshot? A representation of a thought, idea, feeling or emotion? An entry point for thought or feeling? Drabble can be all those things. Drabble is a form, not a formula. Just as a haiku or sonnet has rules, so too does drabble.

Words. 100 or fewer.

Drabble is a form that requires concision. But is it even possible to write a good story in fewer than 100 words? Yes, but it’s not easy.

Most modern narrative art adheres in some way to Shakespeare’s three-act structure (i.e., conflict, rising action/crisis, resolution;); whilst presenting a clear theme. Must all these elements be present to tell a good story?

Grant Faulkner, co-founder of the on-line lit mag 100 Word Story, thinks so. In his Brevity essay, “Writing with Gaps,” Faulkner says, “I think the best 100-word stories move with the escalation any story has…

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