As part of New Flash Fiction Review’s ongoing New Micro (W.W. Norton & Co., 2018) interview series, Tommy Dean asked some questions about New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction. We discussed what qualities successful microfiction pieces share, what subjects are hardest to write about, and more.

TD: As a well-established micro writer yourself, what did you learn from reading/choosing many of the stories for this anthology?

RS: It was somewhat of a revelation to discover how manfine writers have turned their talents to the micro story form.  I read thousands of stories, 300 words or less, and was amazed at the variety of approaches and strategies employed in creating them. Each story in the anthology is rife with impact and ingenuity, and fresh, often poetic, language.