What ARE DimeStories?
The author Bernard Cooper proposes that shorter stories require “… an alertness to detail, a quickening of the senses, a focusing of the literary lens, so to speak, until one has magnified some small aspect of what it means to be human.”
DimeStories are compelling narratives – some fictional, some factual – that measure just three-minutes long. (Also known as flash fiction or flash memoir.) They may be funny, tragic, or strange.
We are open to being surprised, so rather than detail what they are, here is a list of what DimeStories are not: commentary, poems, news articles, rants, or sermons. DimeStories out loud are no longer than 3 minutes. DimeStories in print are no more than 500 words.
Founded in 1994 by novelist Amy Wallen, DimeStories, an open mic series featuring 3-minute prose, boasts chapters in three Southern California cities (San Diego, Costa Mesa, and Temecula) and in Albuquerque, New Mexico. DimeStories have also been heard at the LA Times Festival of Books, in New York City, and on public radio stations.