Fiction of extreme brevity
has flown under the banner of flash fiction, sudden fiction, microfiction,
micro-story, short short, postcard fiction, short short story and nanofiction.
There seems to be no consensus on actually word count,
anything from 1000 words or less.
Nanofiction is exactly 55 words long.
Almost prose poetry.
Its not a new concept, Aesops fables being an early form.
Chekhov, Hemingway, Kawabata, Vonnegut and Drabble have indulged.
The Internet, with its new age readership and the love of short quick fixes,
has brought on new life to flash fiction.
It is addictive!