When Flash Fiction Meets Cli-Fi

April 17, 2019

Amid the growing attention being given to "cli-fi," or fiction that considers the effects of climate change, I was particularly pleased to see my flash fiction piece "Row" given honorable mention by Dan Chaon, guest editor of Best Microfiction 2019. This snippet of a story, published in 100 Word Story, the magazine co-founded by Grant Faulkner and Lynn Mundell, is part of a growing trend towards very short fiction that marries the highly personal point of view that typically characterizes flash fiction with a focus on broader social concerns. In this case, the story is told from the point of view of "we," unnamed people who are repeatedly forced to abandon their dwellings to escape environmental stresses. At the heart of the story is not so much what the protagonists do to adapt as their attitude towards what is happening to them. I'm grateful to 100 Word Story for giving a home to this tale.




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