The hierarchy of fiction goes something like this: epic (120,000 words and up), novel (40,000 - 120,000), novella (17,500 - 40,000), novelette (7,500 - 17,500), short story (1,500 - 7,500), sudden fiction (750), flash fiction (300 - 1,500), micro fiction (under 300), a drabble (exactly 100), and a dribble (exactly 50).  Our 4th Issue Drabbles follow; page through using the slide buttons below. Authors are alphabetized.

Image by Samuel Scalzo

Let Me Go

I remember to push the large red button aside the entrance. 

     The muffled buzzer sounds inside. I pull the handle to go in, but there is a woman’s face smooshed against the glass. She mouths a message; her ruby red lips work like a giant leech. Her eyes telegraph a desperate SOS. 

     Two attendants grasp her arms and peel her mouth away. A slimy smear fights to remain. As her screams fade down the corridor, specters in institutional gowns shuffle about modern Italian flooring. 

     What’s my sister done now?

     I remember to push the large red button aside the exit.


—  Larry Alvarado, USA

Larry Alvarado has been an educator to Middle and Elementary School students for 33 years.  He’s returning to Southern Illinois University at Carbondale to complete training in graphic design which he originally started before he decided to be a teacher.  If he isn’t able to finish his novel of juvenile fiction, he hopes to at least be able to illustrate it! His wife is his greatest editor and his four daughters are a constant inspiration.  He is grateful to be published for the first time. Praise the Lord.