About Quick Fictions
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Quick Fictions is the brainchild of Professor Nicholas Royle. It grew out of his interest in experimental projects and new kinds of writing. In particular, he wanted to explore the question of how to write – inventively, thoughtfully, memorably – in the age of the short attention span.
Royle says: ‘Quick Fictions are the writing of our time. Quick means: alive, vigorous, sharp, agile, perceptive, swift, even impatient, but also sensitive and vulnerable, like quick flesh. Quick fictions are funny, poignant, dark, sad, romantic, strange: they take us to the very quick of things.
Flash fiction is flash in the pan; quick fiction is life itself. The term “quick fiction” plays on and off the strange, seemingly contradictory juxtaposition of the real and fictive, life and writing. A quick fiction is not a narrative rushed out like a telegram, tweet or text message: it is a product of labour and love, a brief work composed, revised, sharpened and tightened, in order to be enduring and memorable, something to carry with you everyday.’
Quick Fictions began as a biannual short fiction event held at the University of Sussex. Each night features twenty brand new stories, each fewer than 300 words, read by their authors.
The Quick Fictions app, a collaboration between the University of Sussex, Aimer Media and Myriad Editions, showcases the finest quick fictions from the last three years and will continue to grow as new stories are submitted. And every story is accompanied by an original illustration by Martin Bonger.
‘This is a nifty idea.’ – Guardian
‘The stories all pack a punch beyond their 300 word limit.’ – The Literary Platform
‘Well worth checking out – 4/5 stars!’ – Scott Pack
‘New and exciting… not only is this good for reading it is also a great resource for creative writers.’ – Educreator
How to submit your story
If you have a quick fiction you’d like to share, we’d love to read it.
Send us your story via the online form.
Please include a short biog (of up to 100 words).
We also like each quick fiction to be accompanied by a small illustration. If you have an image that fits your story, please send that along too.
• Story (under 300 words)
• Biog (under 100 words)
• Image (optional)
Your story will be considered for inclusion in the app and we’ll respond by email to confirm that it has been selected.
Watch the Quick Fictions screencast:
Listen to a selection of Quick Fictions here: