“I love compression, and this anthology of superb microfictions does not disappoint. Thomas and Scotellaro have assembled a lasting anthology that honors its 1996 predecessor, Jerome Stern’s MICRO FICTION, and continues to advance the impact of micros on contemporary literature.”

Tara L. Masih, editor of Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction

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New Micro

Exceptionally Short Fiction

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (2018)

“Reading these wonderful tiny fictions is like stealing food from the refrigerator before, or after, dinner. A sublime luxury.”

—Frederick Barthelme, New World Writing


“These micro fictions violate the laws of geophysics by compressing whole lives / whole worlds / whole heartbreaks into something like diamonds: bright, riven, reflective, edged, wonderful, and hard enough to cut through glass.”

—Pam Houston, author of Contents May Have Shifted


New Micro’s quick, bright stories are, like our lives, as brief as lightning in the blinding dark. They offer us essential truth without the inessential facts.”

—John Dufresne, author of Flash! Writing the Very Short Story