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A ficlet (also called a minific, short short, or quickfic) is a short fanfiction piece, usually five pages or less, or able to fit in the space of one post on a message board. The creation of ficlets covering an assigned theme are frequently called for in Iron Chef competitions on PPMB and SFMB. The maximum word count of a ficlet, if such a thing were to be set, would probably be 1,000-2,000 words, at the low end for short story length. Ficlets are often works of fluff, though not all ficlets are fluff, and vice versa.

A ficlet of 100 words or less is called a drabble. A ficlet of 200 words is called a double drabble.

Closely related to these written forms is the vignette, a very short tale taking place over a very short period of time. The vignette consists of one scene that offers insight into a character, setting, or concept.

Very short prose works such as the above are sometimes called flash fiction.


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