R156. The Evolution of Sudden to Microfiction: The Anthologies That Got It Started

Room 209, Henry B. González Convention Center, Meeting Room Level
Thursday, March 5, 2020
10:35 am to 11:50 am


Sudden, flash, micro. Panelists discuss how these structural changes came to be, in successive anthologies, over 30 years. Now “flash fiction” is a generic term, respected for what can be done in a thousand words. Panelists include the coeditor of all three Norton anthologies, anthology contributors, an associate editor, and the editor of Flash!: Writing the Very Short Story. The panel will read from the anthologies and provide oversight and insight into a small part of a big literary history.

Outline & Supplemental Documents

Event Outline: OutlineFlashPanelAWPrev.docx



James Thomas has coedited all of the Sudden and Flash Fiction anthologies, and authored Pictures, Moving. He has received two NEA grants, a Stegner Fellowship, founded Quarterly West, and started the Writers At Work conference. He has taught at Wright State Univesity and the University of Utah.

Marcela Fuentes is an assistant professor of creative writing and Latinx literature at Texas A&M University. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she was the 2016–2017 McCreight Fellow in Fiction at the WICW. Selected work appears in Flash Fiction International and Best of the Web.

Venita Blackburn received the Prairie Schooner book prize in fiction 2016 for her collected stories, Black Jesus and Other Superheroes. She was a finalist for the PEN/Bingham and Young Lions Awards in 2018. She is an assistant professor of fiction at California State University, Fresno.

Sherrie Flick is the author of a novel and two story collections, most recently Thank Your Lucky Stars. Her work appears in Ploughshares, Flash Fiction Forward, New Sudden Fiction, and New Micro. She Is series editor for the Best Small Fictions 2018 and teaches in Chatham University's MFA program.

John Dufresne is the author of two story collections, six novels, and four books on craft, including Flash! A Guide to Writing Very Short Fiction and Storyville: An Illustrated Guide to Writing Fiction. He teaches creative writing at Florida International University and is at work on a novel.


March 4–7, 2020
San Antonio, TX

Henry B. González Convention Center