The short short story has been around for many years, but has become a popular form with the ubiquity of the internet, and is now the defining feature of a new bimonthly series called [The] Flash Fiction Collective. “Flash creates a uniquely genuine sense of emotional urgency in a very few words,” says Meg Pokrass, who founded the series with Grant Faulkner and Jane Ciabattari. “Writing flash is an acquired skill at the art of omission and compression. Because the form mirrors life being lived in moments, imposing no artificial structure upon experience, the result is an unsettling sense of immediacy. Warning: it tends to be addictive! And since flash fiction is booming online and more recently, finding its way into traditional, print magazines, the time is right.” The series will feature masters and innovators of the form, with an emphasis on those with new books out; the debut boasts the founding triumvirate along with Molly Giles, Ethel Rohan, and Jason Sinclair Long.