Nothing Short Of

Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story


Gems, shards, bon bons, quickies, nuggets, tickles, or even pinpricks. Each 100 Word Story is its own kind of special.

“Nothing Short Of” presents the best of 100WordStory.org, the leader in short-short fiction and a popular go-to for great reading.

In these very short stories, every word, every detail, every moment matters. And the things left out, the spaces around the stories, are just as intense.

What can a hundred words do? They can send chills, they can bring you to tears, they can take your breath away. In charged, sometimes racy encounters — from wild, messy breakups to a disgruntled clown dinner to quiet revelations over folded laundry — these 100-word stories take us to lightning moments when everything is at stake.

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Four free sample stories

Anthology Introduction (excerpt)


The Contributors

Roxanne Barber, Roberta Beary, Digby Beaumont, Karen Benke, Ariel Berry, Emma Bogdonoff, Maggie Bohara, Jean-Luc Bouchard, Heather Bourbeau, James Braziel, Gerri Brightwell, Dan Campbell, Kayleb Rae Candrilli, Kate Hill Cantrill, Maud Casey, Brian Castleberry, Kevin Catalano, Ashley Chantler, Lina Chern, Jane Ciabattari, Stephen Cicirelli, Shara Concepción, Doug Cornett, Cherie Hunter Day, Jacques Debrot, Lorrene Desbien, Tsering Wangmo Dhompa, Joe Dornich, Jacqueline Doyle, Andrew O. Dugas, Misty Ellingburg, Sherrie Flick, Rachel Fogarty-Oleson, Kendra Fortmeyer, Thaisa Frank, Sarah Freligh, Jeff Friedman, Molly Fuller, Molly Giles, Barbara Goldberg, Manuel Gonzales, Ilan Greenberg, Robert Gregory, Stephen D. Gutierrez, Jennifer Handley, Chad Hanson, Tupelo Hassman, Eldon Hauck, Jeremy Hawkins, Emily Haymans, Elizabeth Hazen, Tom Hazuka, Kyle Hemmings, Melanie Taylor Herrera, Dane Holweger, Gail Hosking, Ulrica Hume, M.J. Iuppa, Royce Jeffrey, Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Simon Jimenez, Alyssa Jordan, Lee Romer Kaplan, Lee L. Krecklow, Leonard Kress, Amy Lafferty, Steven Levery, Colin Lubner, Jason Marak, Jackie Davis Martin, Jayne Martin, Ruth Martini, Tara Lynn Masih, James McCready, Josh McCuen, Jane McDermott, Corey Mesler, Michael Mira, Kona Morris, Kermit Moyer, Cornelia Nixon, Levi Andrew Noe, Dzvinia Orlowsky, Fred Osuna, Pamela Painter, Jason Peck, Oren Peleg, Jonathan Penner, Adrienne Pilon, Maria Pinto, Meg Pokrass, Eric Prochaska, Peg Alford Pursell, JC Reilly, Ethel Rohan, Lisa Rubenson, Cathy Safiran, Robert Scotellaro, Robert Shapard, Kevin Sharp, Marc J. Sheehan, Tonya Shenandoah, Jon Sindell, Myra Sklarew, Janice D. Soderling, Joshua Michael Stewart, Nancy Stohlman, Paul Strohm, Elizabeth Swann, Aaron Teel, Becky Tuch, Meg Tuite, David Joez Villaverde, Connor Walsh, Barret Warner, Courtney Watson, and Guinotte Wise.


The Editors

Grant Faulkner is the executive director of National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) and the co-founder of 100 Word Story. His essays on creative writing have appeared in The New York Times, Poets & Writers, and Writer’s Digest, and his stories have appeared in dozens of literary journals, including The Southwest Review, The Los Angeles Review, Five Points, and Tin House online. He recently published a collection of 100-word stories, Fissures, and a book of essays on creativity, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Prompts to Boost Your Creative Mojo.

Lynn Mundell is the co-founder of 100 Word Story. She has worked as a professional writer and editor for 30 years. Her poetry, creative nonfiction, and short stories have appeared in literary journals including The Sun, Superstition Review, Eclectica, Tin House online, Portland Review, and Five Points, and have been published in the U.S., the U.K., New Zealand, and Australia. She is most recently a contributor to the W.W. Norton anthology New Microfiction: Exceptionally Short Stories.

Beret Olsen is a writer, photographer, and the photo editor for 100 Word Story. Her art, essays, and fiction have been published in a variety of places including: First Class Lit, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, and her blog, Bad Parenting 101. A longtime educator, Beret also writes grants to help low-income, first-generation college students get into, through, and beyond college.


The Praise

“From butterknives to little dippers, the concerns of these stories range from the miniature to the galactic. A collection of taut tales, like a set of fingers gathered into a fist.” — Hilary Leichter

“These beautifully economical short stories (yes, truly stories) are photographs built with words. They capture a moment and a lifetime, a fraction and a whole. They are epics the size of sound bites, and they prove once and for all that size doesn’t matter. Just the stories that fit inside.” — Amber Sparks, author of The Unfinished World

“I love this little big book of 100s. But let’s call them Centuries, because they screw up time and space, these articulate deconstructions of Quantum Mechanics, these hopped up and happening nano-narratives lasting lifetimes, these microscopic millennia in nutshells.” — Michael Martone, author of Michael Martone and Winesburg, Indiana


Nothing Short Of:
Selected Tales from 100 Word Story
138 pages
$12.00 paperback / ISBN 9781944853365
$9.99 ebook
April 2018

About

Lynn Mundell is a short-short story writer, editor, publisher, mother, bibliophile, swimmer, and managing editor at a large Oakland-based health care organization. Contact her about any of these things. She’s an open book … if it were a mystery.

A fifth-generation Californian who lives in the Bay Area, Lynn moved throughout the state many times as a child. The themes of community, family, and isolation inform much of her creative writing. Her collection of flash fiction is currently looking for a publisher. Ask to see it. Help it find its home.

In 2010, Lynn and Grant Faulkner founded 100 Word Story, an online literary journal dedicated to publishing stories and essays exactly 100 words short. Over the years, they have published hundreds of micros. Their first anthology, co-edited with Beret Olsen, is Nothing Short Of: Selected Tales from 100 Word Story. It was published by Outpost19 in April 2018. Buy it. Read it. It’s good.


Like the old photo in the header? It’s Lynn’s great-grandmother and great-aunt on their horse ranch in Placer County.