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    Shortest published story

    Is this the shortest published story ever?

    And God said: DELETE line One to Aleph. LOAD. RUN.
    And the Universe ceased to exist.
    Then he pondered for a few aeons, sighed, and added: ERASE.
    It never had existed.



    Arthur C Clarke's siseneg is only 31 words long! Personally I really liked it when I read it in a collection of Clarke's short stories. (Sadly someone borrowed it and I have never laid eyes on it again.)

    Does anyone know of anything shorter.

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    "When he awoke, the dinosaur was still there." by Augusto Monterroso is shorter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JCamilo View Post
    "When he awoke, the dinosaur was still there." by Augusto Monterroso is shorter.
    Wow, that is short! (I presume some people might question whether it tells enough of a story.) Where and when was it published?

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    Nah. There are twitter zines that exist, which includes tons of stories much shorter. Such as this one.
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    The following six-word story is often attributed to Hemingway, though that's questioned by others.

    For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.
    You must be the change you wish to see in the world. -- Mahatma Gandhi

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calidore View Post
    The following six-word story is often attributed to Hemingway, though that's questioned by others.

    For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.
    Sorry but I don't see that as a story. Are we to take every ad to be a story?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Drkshadow03 View Post
    Nah. There are twitter zines that exist, which includes tons of stories much shorter. Such as this one.
    Those nanoism stories are more interesting than haiku.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YesNo View Post
    Those nanoism stories are more interesting than haiku.
    Give me haiku any day!

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    Yes. There is a certain something about haiku that makes people want to write it. I'm not sure what that is, but even I get motivated once in a while. Here's a haiku I wrote many years ago and I guess I'm publishing it right now.

    Haiku: Japanese
    form that is unworthy of
    the English language.

    There are also threads of short stories on Lit Net limited to 50 and 100 words. Now that I see the nanoism stories, 50 words doesn't seem that severe of a constraint.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munshie View Post
    Sorry but I don't see that as a story. Are we to take every ad to be a story?
    Read it again with a different eye. It's not an ad, it tells a story in ad form.

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    Thanks, Calidore!

    I just finished submitting a nanofiction to Nanoism. Now I'm sitting back waiting for the rejection.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Munshie View Post
    Give me haiku any day!
    O Brontosaurus!
    You've had your day, like Doris:
    Now you just bore us.

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    That reminds me of Barney and Dora the Explorer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calidore View Post
    The following six-word story is often attributed to Hemingway, though that's questioned by others.

    For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.
    I came here to post this. This is one of my all time favorites.

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    Wedding dress for sale. Worn once by accident.

    That probably doesn't qualify as it WAS an ad in a shop window in Inverness. But there is a story behind it.

    In the dark he reached out for the matches. They were put into his hand.

    That was a "story". Hmm. I guess there's fun in that sort of thing.

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