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On Writing Flash Fiction

On Writing Flash Fiction 

December was a really fun month for us nerds here at Fantasy-Faction. In October 2020, we had a call for microfiction submissions from our existing pool of contributing writers as a present for all of you. And as one of the writers who submitted a piece—“The Clockwork Bee”—it was a lot of fun! This wasn’t […]

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Holiday Microfiction: “Last Day at the Observatory” by A. M. Justice

Holiday Microfiction: “Last Day at the Observatory” by A. M. Justice 

Today, on the last day of this year of darkness we have a piece of microfiction from A. M. Justice, “Last Day at the Observatory”, which proves that no matter what happens at midnight tonight, it could always be worse. – – – “Last Day at the Observatory” by A. M. Justice Twenty minutes left […]

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Holiday Microfiction: “An Unexpected Holiday Gift” by Rakib Khan

Holiday Microfiction: “An Unexpected Holiday Gift” by Rakib Khan 

Today, we have Rakib Khan and “An Unexpected Holiday Gift”. – – – “An Unexpected Holiday Gift” by Rakib Khan “Sir, will you help me?” I was on preoperative night duty and very busy doing file-work, I looked up a bit reluctantly. It was a terminally ill patient from the free male ward. My annoyance […]

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Holiday Microfiction: “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas IN SPAAAAAAAAAAACE” by A. A. Freeman

Holiday Microfiction: “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas IN SPAAAAAAAAAAACE” by A. A. Freeman 

Today, we have A. A. Freeman and “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas IN SPAAAAAAAAAAACE”. “Have a Holly Jolly Christmas IN SPAAAAAAAAAAACE” by A. A. Freeman “You may open your eyes now, Captain Hargrave.” Rosen ignored the ship’s artificial intelligence and kept her eyes closed for a moment longer, mostly out of fear of what ANYA […]

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Holiday Microfiction: “Bad Call” by Richard Marpole

Holiday Microfiction: “Bad Call” by Richard Marpole 

Today, we have a second (longer) piece of microfiction from Richard Marpole: “Bad Call”. “Bad Call” by Richard Marpole The call was impossible, surely a glitch. I was walking to work through the chilly morning light, kicking up autumn leaves with my sensible shoes. Middle age was wrapping its flabby arms around me; my doctor […]

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Holiday Microfiction: “The Clockwork Bee” by Kellie Doherty

Holiday Microfiction: “The Clockwork Bee” by Kellie Doherty 

Today, we have Kellie Doherty and “The Clockwork Bee”. “The Clockwork Bee” by Kellie Doherty Gylvonna sat on her bunk, trying her best to ignore the frost that rimed the porthole next to her and the way her arms trembled even under the thick woolen blanket. Her breath seemed to freeze in air. She rubbed […]

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Holiday Microfiction: “Christmas Pudding” by L. A. Young

Holiday Microfiction: “Christmas Pudding” by L. A. Young 

Today, we have L. A. Young and “Christmas Pudding”. – – – “Christmas Pudding” by L. A. Young The scents of sugar, cloves, and ginger permeated the house. The cake, brown and stiff, was removed from the oven and placed on the counter to cool. The young man took off his oven mitts and admired […]

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Holiday Microfiction: “The Dragon and the Silver Bell: A Christmas Story” by S. H. Paulus

Holiday Microfiction: “The Dragon and the Silver Bell: A Christmas Story” by S. H. Paulus 

Today, we have S. H. Paulus and “The Dragon and the Silver Bell: A Christmas Story”. – – – “The Dragon and the Silver Bell: A Christmas Story” by S. H. Paulus Soth was terrified she would have to bury her son on Christmas Day. It began with him complaining his throat was sore. Then […]

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Holiday Microfiction: “Scientific Romances” by Richard Marpole

Holiday Microfiction: “Scientific Romances” by Richard Marpole 

Happy December everyone! It’s been a long year, but we finally made it to the end of 2020! To celebrate the holiday season the staff at Fantasy-Faction have prepared a little treat! Every Monday and Friday for the rest of the month, we will feature a piece of microfiction from one of our contributors. To […]

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Monthly Flash Fiction Winner: Fire

Monthly Flash Fiction Winner: Fire 

This month we asked our entrants to write about fire. The beauty of fire is its ambivalence. On the one hand we need it to survive (cooking our food, keeping us warm, protecting us) on the other hand it’s dangerous, maybe even diabolical (arson, battle magic, forest fires, household accidents). A fire—no matter if it’s […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Magic and Technology

Monthly Short Story Winner: Magic and Technology 

This month we had our entrants write a story in a world where traditional fantasy with magic and science fictional technology coexist. Or meet. Or clash. Or fight. There are only two books I can think of at the moment that fit this genre. One is a German fantasy saga which was never translated to […]

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Monthly Short Story Winner: Maiden, Mother, Crone

Monthly Short Story Winner: Maiden, Mother, Crone 

The depiction of women in fantasy is a controversial, fascinating, and ongoing topic. This month we had our entrants write a story about women. Specifically, we wanted a story with at least two main characters/POVs and those two had to be picked from the aspects of the triple goddess: maiden/virgin, mother, and crone. This didn’t […]

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