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Synonyms: Flashfic
See also: Story Length
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Most flash fiction communities provide a prompt and writers have a set period of time to post a story in response. Flash fiction communities often but not always limit story length (typically to between 100 and 1000 words).[1][2]

Occasionally flashfiction is used as a synonym for ficathon[3].


Flashfiction began on email lists and quickly migrated to LiveJournal communities set up specifically for the purpose of creating, posting, and reading such works. One of the first LiveJournal communities specifically for "flashfiction" was set up in Due South: DS_Flashfiction. It was modeled on existing drabble and short fiction challenge communities on LJ -- specifically Smallville's wednesday100 and Firefly's ff_friday[4] -- but those communities didn't call the form "flashfic" yet.

List of Flashfiction Communities

DBSK (J-Pop/K-Pop)

The Dead Zone

Dresden Files

Due South





Sports Night



StarWars/The Phantom Menace



  1. SPN Flashfic community profile (Accessed on 10 October 2008).
  2. SJMA 2014 Nominees & Winners, Archived version
  3. Um, Spam, Ma'am, fabella, 08 October, 2003. (accessed October 12, 2008) or Bleach flashfic userinfo (accessed October 12, 2008)
  4. First DS Flashfic admin post. Posted 13 April 2003. (Accessed 2 November 2008)