Lisabelle Tay writes poetry and speculative fiction. Her debut poetry chapbook Pilgrim, published by The Emma Press, is out in October 2021. Her story “Surat Dari Hantu” placed first in the 2020 Dream Foundry short story contest. She lives in Singapore. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @lisabelletay.
I love flash fiction for a lot of reasons. There’s the instant gratification of reading a complete work of fiction in just a few minutes. And there’s the way flash lends itself to playful, inventive experimentation with form, prose, style, voice, and subject. I also love the way a flash story can be honed and sharpened as everything extraneous is eliminated, and the way it can capture and convey the essence of something—an emotion, a world, a situation, a possibility, an idea, even a joke!—in brilliant brevity.
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