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Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer (edition 2010)

by Robert Swartwood (Editor)

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The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's possibly apocryphal six-word story--"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn"--to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them "hint fiction" because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events. Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.… (more)
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Title:Hint Fiction: An Anthology of Stories in 25 Words or Fewer
Authors:Robert Swartwood (Editor)
Info:W. W. Norton & Company (2010), Edition: 1, 188 pages
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Some real gems, some others that were ok. Nice quick read. Read it in a few chunks. Great to see so many of these quick stories compiled in one place. It was a nice way to study the form. ( )
  Robert.Zimmermann | Jul 1, 2017 |
Really interesting type of fiction. I am intrigued enough to maybe try my hand at writing a few myself. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 4, 2015 |
Really interesting type of fiction. I am intrigued enough to maybe try my hand at writing a few myself. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
Really interesting type of fiction. I am intrigued enough to maybe try my hand at writing a few myself. ( )
  ThothJ | Dec 3, 2015 |
I'm still not sure if I buy the idea of 25 words or fewer being enough to create a story. They definitely create an idea, but I feel the idea is so incomplete that these snippets should be grouped as something else. One thing I did appreciate was when there are so few words, the title becomes so much more important. Without the title, the "stories" would be hard to grasp. ( )
  MeganZ | May 10, 2013 |
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The book defines its new genre as “a story of 25 words or fewer that suggests a larger, more complex story.”

Could such a form suggest a smaller, less complex story?
 

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The stories in this collection run the gamut from playful to tragic, conservative to experimental, but they all have one thing in common: they are no more than 25 words long. Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's possibly apocryphal six-word story--"For Sale: baby shoes, never worn"--to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them "hint fiction" because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events. Spare and evocative, these stories prove that a brilliantly honed narrative can be as startling and powerful as a story of traditional length. The 125 gemlike stories in this collection come from such best-selling and award-winning authors as Joyce Carol Oates, Ha Jin, Peter Straub, and James Frey, as well as emerging writers.

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