The term flash fiction has been all over the place the last few years. It’s the hot new trend — tiny stories for busy lives (or short attention spans, if you’re less generously inclined). The concept isn’t new, being merely a more elegant term for what we would have once termed “short short fiction,” a phrase of art that reads like a typo. Nevertheless, what was once a literary curiosity is now a significant part of the fiction scene, with dedicated markets and anthologies.
Excellent article. I think that , in pandering to short attention spans, we're taking something away from the art of writing. Then, again, if flash fiction appeals to you, then... :-)