How Short Is Too Short?

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How Short Is Too Short?

Postby Chris533 » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:02 pm

Any thoughts on how short would be too short for the contest? Any one know of any really short stories that have won? Say, about 2,000-3,000 words?
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Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Postby J'nae Rae » Fri Jul 14, 2017 12:10 pm

They don't list a minimum. But I would hazard a guess a drabble would be a no, flash would likely be a hard sell for winning. Good question as to what is the shortest story to win.
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Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Postby Dustin Adams » Sat Jul 15, 2017 1:08 am

I believe KD Wentworth's story was the shortest win at 2k.
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Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Postby amyhg » Sat Jul 15, 2017 2:09 pm

Dustin Adams wrote:I believe KD Wentworth's story was the shortest win at 2k.


Wow. I get the impression that you're the WOTF Anthology guru. Out of curiosity, how many volumes have you read?
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Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Postby Jeremyteg » Sat Jul 15, 2017 3:05 pm

amyhg wrote:
Dustin Adams wrote:I believe KD Wentworth's story was the shortest win at 2k.


Wow. I get the impression that you're the WOTF Anthology guru. Out of curiosity, how many volumes have you read?


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Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Postby Dustin Adams » Sat Jul 15, 2017 5:45 pm

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Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Postby MattDovey » Mon Jul 17, 2017 12:47 am

Daniel Davis' v31 story was short, only 2-3k, and RM Graves' Freebot in v32 was 2.5k, for more recent examples. I don't think you could get away with shorter than that, because Dave is a plot structure nerd, and flash is too short to really work with that.
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Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Postby preston » Mon Jul 17, 2017 10:34 pm

I'm pretty sure the shortest WOTF winning story is "The Disambiguation of Captain Shroud" by Gary Shockley. I don't have the book in front of me, but if I remember correctly, it's like two-three pages. It's definitely a flash piece. It won first place.
An even shorter flash story is a finalist called "Just Don't" by Eaolake Stobblehouse. It's one page.
Both are in volume 5. BTW, Shockley's story also one the Gold Award, so yeah...flash might be a hard sell, but done right it can do very well. It did for Gary Shockley!

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Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Postby KathiLS » Tue Jul 18, 2017 3:23 am

MattDovey wrote:Daniel Davis' v31 story was short, only 2-3k, and RM Graves' Freebot in v32 was 2.5k, for more recent examples. I don't think you could get away with shorter than that, because Dave is a plot structure nerd, and flash is too short to really work with that.


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Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Postby LaurieG » Tue Jul 18, 2017 6:05 pm

Like Preston said, the shortest was "Just Don't". One short page. I still can't figure out why it won, because the story itself made no sense.
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Re: How Short Is Too Short?

Postby KathiLS » Tue Jul 25, 2017 3:15 am

Well, then, here's to keeping my fingers crossed. I look forward to a September of twitching.
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