I learned of an interesting anthology opportunity over on Women of Mystery for what is called “Hint Fiction.” The definition, as given on Robert Swartwood’s blog, is: “hint fiction (n) : a story of 25 words or less that suggests a larger, more complex story.” Mr. Swartwood coined the term.
In 2010, it appears that W. W. Norton will publish an anthology of hint fiction and they are currently looking for submissions. You can find out all about it over on Robert Swartwood’s page.
I decided to send a few items in. I went back through various stories or novels that I’ve started but not continued and culled out what I thought were the most interesting openings. Then I added a dash of editing to get them down to the 25 word limit and try to make them fit the hint fiction concept. Below are some of the ones that didn’t make the cut for me to submit.
The boy looked up to see dust approaching the ferry. Within the dust was a horse, on the horse a rider, all turned to gray.
During the day she cried. Long and hard by herself. And outside the grey wind blew chilled and lonely. She had so much to give.
Swiftly, along dirt roads and through fields of yellow grain, the dry leaves and dust fled, running from the evening storm that stalked behind them.
He stood in the hiss of the rain and the lyre winds, eyes smoky dark like burnt glass. His lips moved with prayers.
On the first day of the month of Harps, he had not returned. And on the second the wind blew black with dust.
You see them occasionally in your home town. They are always passing through. The fangs in their eyes give them away.
Predators seldom stalk predators. But when it happens…
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Also, three more of my blog colleagues have posted very nice things about Write With Fire and have even spoken highly of me. And I didn’t even pay them. If you get a chance check out:
1. Travis’s Tuesday, July 28th post over at his blog.
2. C. S. Harris’s commentary on her blog.
3. Greg Schwartz, who I had made a note to myself to add to this list and then somehow let his post slip my mind, also commented on the book and offers some other interesting info over on his blog.
Of course, Lana has been her usual supportive self, and has some good news of her own to share at her blog.
Thanks Trav and Candy and Lana. And thanks Greg. Sorry I missed that link first time around. And thanks to everyone who has already mentioned the book. Much appreciated.