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 Inaugural Issue Drabbles follow; page through using the slide buttons below. Authors are alphabetized.

The Strong Man Breaks Down

“This could save our marriage” is how your wife wins the argument. You are used to lifting things five times your size. What is one more thing to heft into the heavens? You smile when so many new women marvel at your body. “Can you lift all of us,” one giggles; the black light makes her teeth look like the moon. You are about to answer, until you see your wife kissing someone else. You have the women fawning over youfollow you outside. “Watch this,” you say, as you grab the corner of the building and begin to lift.


—  Jesse Bradley, USA

J. Bradley is the author of Greetings from America: Letters from the Trade War (Whiskey Tit Books, 2019). His flash fiction piece, “How to Burn a Bridge Job Aid” was selected for Best Small Fictions 2019. He lives at jbradleywrites.com.

Spring Issue, April 2020

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