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Flash Fiction chosen by Tony Press
“The Transition” by Fiona Helmsley via Digging Through The Fat
Digging Through The Fat publishes one excellent story each week, on Wednesday. It’s gotten so I’ve been very aware of the day as I first open my email on Wednesdays. Here’s a great example: we really know these two characters, and their worlds, in a very short space. It’s a perfect flash—satisfying in itself, but with the hint of wanting more. I especially love the narrator’s description here:
‘She held a coffee cup in one hand, and a lighter in the other, and used the movement of both to accentuate her thoughts—coffee cup down for simple statement, lighter up for something more excitable.’
This one made me laugh or, rather, I forced myself to laugh because I didn’t want to cry. Some stories have one great idea, but can’t do anything with it—this story does justice to the original idea.
“Papa’s Handkerchief” by Pam Parker via Digging Through The Fat
This is another from Digging Through The Fat. It is just this one little scene, fewer than 300 words, but it is a whole story. It highlights the classic tension of the world left behind and the new one soon to be experienced, plus the poignant image of that handkerchief floating away.
This one is in Pif Magazine and all I can say is give it a try. It is a story you will marvel at and remember for a long time. Trust me.
About Tony Press
Tony Press lives near San Francisco and tries to pay attention.
Fiction: BorderSenses; Boston Literary; Chiron Review; Digging Through the Fat; Doorknobs & Bodypaint; Fiction on the Web; 5×5; Foundling Review; Grey Sparrow Journal; Halfway Down the Stairs; 100 Word Story; 101 Words; JMWW; Lichen; Literary Orphans; MacGuffin; Menda City Review; Qarrtsiluni; Rio Grande Review; Riverbabble; SFWP Journal; Switchback; Toasted Cheese; Workers Write; and elsewhere. He was recently nominated for a Pushcart Prize.