Nothing Short of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story.Org

Grant Faulkner (Editor) Lynn Mundell (Editor)
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Gems, shards, quickies, bon bons, snapshots, nuggets, tickles, or even pinpricks. Each 100 Word Story is its own kind of special. NOTHING SHORT OF presents the best of 100 Word Story, the leader in short-short fiction and a popular go-to for great reading. In these very short stories, every word, every detail, every moment matters. And the things left out, the spaces around the stories, are just as intense. What can a hundred words do? They can send chills, they can bring you to tears, they can take your breath away. In often racy, always charged encounters -- from wild messy breakups to a disgruntled clown dinner to quiet revelations over folded laundry -- these 100-word stories take us to lightning moments when everything, big and small, is at stake. In NOTHING SHORT OF, a hundred words is all you need.

Product Details

Price: $12.00  $11.04
Publisher: Outpost19
Published Date: April 03, 2018
Pages: 138
Dimensions: 5.1 X 0.3 X 7.0 inches | 0.2 pounds
Language: English
Type: Paperback
ISBN: 9781944853488
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About the Author

Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. His essays on creative writing have appeared in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, and Writer's Digest, and his stories have appeared in dozens of literary journals, including The Southwest Review, The Los Angeles Review, Five Points, and Tin House online. He recently published a collection of 100-word stories, Fissures, and a book of essays on creativity, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Prompts to Boost Your Creative Mojo.

Lynn Mundell is the co-founder of 100 Word Story. She has worked as a professional writer and editor for 30 years. Her poetry, creative nonfiction, and short stories have appeared in literary journals including The Sun, Superstition Review, Eclectica, Tin House online, Portland Review, and Five Points, and have been published in the U.S., the U.K., New Zealand, and Australia. She is most recently a contributor to the W.W. Norton anthology New Microfiction: Exceptionally Short Stories.

Beret Olsen is a writer, photographer, and the photo editor for 100 Word Story. Her art, essays, and fiction have been published in a variety of places including: First Class Lit, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, and her blog, Bad Parenting 101. A longtime educator, Beret also writes grants to help low-income, first-generation college students get into, through, and beyond college.


"These beautifully economical short stories (yes, truly stories) are photographs built with words. They capture a moment and a lifetime, a fraction and a whole. They are epics the size of sound bites, and they prove once and for all that size doesn't matter. Just the stories that fit inside." - Amber Sparks, author of The Unfinished World
"Let's call them Centuries because they screw up time and space, these articulate deconstructions of Quantum Mechanics, hopped up and happening Nano-narratives lasting lifetimes. I like how they are justified, how they square-off and square-up on the infinite and bounded singularity of the page, how they present themselves as instant Polaroid-ic printed fictions, developing, pixel by pixilation, in front of our revving and REMing eyes and I's. Moving and moving, these microscopic millennia in nutshells, expanding from the pancaked periods that map the infinite concentrated trail of ellipses, begin to explain, approaching the paradox of the accelerating dark mattered universe... (That, by the way, is a 100-word blurb)" - Michael Martone, author of Michael Martone and Winesburg, Indiana
"From butterknives to little dippers, the concerns of these stories range from the miniature to the galactic. A collection of taut tales, like a set of fingers gathered into a fist." - Hilary Leichter
"Brave, stunning stories that will turn your world around and leave you short of nothing! Sharp material. Beautiful writing." - Kim Chinquee, author of Oh Baby, Pretty, Pistol, Veer, and Shot Girls.
"Grant Faulkner, Lynn Mundell and Beret Olsen, the editorial team behind the innovative flash fiction webzine They've been publishing the best of micro-flash for nearly seven years. They've showed how bursts of illumination can be captured in 100 words, bringing shock and joy, wonder, and grief... Their first anthology showcases the inventive ways writers tell stories within such a tiny compartment. It includes more than 100 gems--work by Maude Casey, Thaisa Frank, Molly Giles, Manuel Gonzales, Pamela Painter, Meg Pokrass, Ethel Rohan, Paul Strohm, Aaron Teel (and my flash story 'Weed'). Reading them makes it clear, as the editors write, To write with such brevity seems like it should be easy, but it's not. Every word, every sentence matters.'" - LitHub (Jane Ciabattari)
...dazzling and enticing, a kaleidoscopic intoxication. The anthology lifts you into a planetarium, drops you at a table in a Japanese restaurant, guides you into an octopus bar, lets you hide under a piano, leaves you shivering on Antarctica, and convicts you to a prison cell. The editors did a brilliant job in arranging the stories in such a way that you're not thrown about too much from one extreme into another, but can enjoy a common atmosphere for a while, before the stories dive into a new direction... In this must-have collection of gems..." - JMWW (Claire Polders)