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 2nd Issue Dribbles follow; page through using the slide buttons below. Authors are alphabetized.

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Dad's Private Stash

Mom supplemented our last canned soup with rusty tap water and lawn pickings. Still hungry, we found Dad’s black caviar and Smirnoff. Laughing and spooning the caviar, he finally showed with bags of food. He made us spit out his caviar and gave us cold Hot Pockets and warm Moxie.


—  Paul Beckman, USA

Paul Beckman’s latest flash collection, Kiss Kiss (Truth Serum Press) was a finalist for the 2019/2020 Indie Book Awards. Some of his stories appeared in Spelk, Necessary Fiction, Litro, Pank, Playboy, Thrice Fiction, and The Lost Balloon. Paul curates the FBomb NY flash fiction reading series monthly in KGB’s Red Room.

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