In 2006, I published a book of flash fiction called Sawn-Off Tales. But until only a little while before that, I hadn’t heard of flash fiction or micro-fiction or sudden fiction or short-short stories. Then, on poet Ian McMillan’s recommendation, I parcelled up a manuscript made entirely of this stuff and sent it to Salt Publishing, a poetry specialist. Fifty-eight stories, each exactly 150 words long. The odds were entirely against me. No one wants to publish short stories, least of all by an unknown. And stories that took less time to read than to suppress a sneeze? I was chancing it, I knew.
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