This month Sine FM's Book It launches its flash fiction competition, and I attempt to define flash fiction in an interview with Sheila North. You can listen online at http://www.sinefm.com/a_z_of_shows/book_it until late March (after that it will be replaced by next month's show).
So what is flash fiction? Wikipedia helpfully has this to say: "Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature or fiction of extreme brevity. There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category." Thanks, Wiki, that helps! For me, flash fiction is anything from a twitter story of 140 characters to the one-page (approx 1000 word) stories you find in magazines from time to time. Readers' Digest 100-word story competitions are worth looking out for, and if you're on twitter you can find some miniature gems in the contests hosted by @paragraphplanet. But then I would say that! I was shortlisted in their 11th contest, 21st century category. What's that? You want to read the story. Well, OK then...
Shakespeare's ghost joins twitter: Romeo dreams, Juliet schemes, and all ends ill. Yours, Will.
Fun stuff, eh? If you have a spare 5 minutes, why not have a shot at a small but perfectly formed flash fiction piece - rhyme strictly optional!