“Vignette” is a word that originally meant “something that may be written on a vine-leaf.” It’s a snapshot in words. It differs from a short story in that its aim does not lie within the realms of traditional structure or plot. The vignette focuses on one element, mood, character, setting or object. It’s descriptive, excellent for character or theme exploration and wordplay. Through a vignette, you create an atmosphere.
~Vine Leaf Literary Journal
Class members have asked for a list of places where they can read flash memoirs online so here’s a baker’s dozen of my favorites:
And perhaps the best for last, scroll down to find the Readers Write section at The Sun magazine.
If you’re interested in submitting flash nonfiction for publication, the following resources can help you find the right venue. Be sure to familiarize yourself with a publication before submitting. You want to ensure a good fit — unless you’re looking to expand your collection of rejection notices.
Curated lists of Lit Mags at The Review Review by genre, audience, etc.
50 top literary magazines for creative nonfiction as culled from the Best American Essays anthologies
ShortStops for listings in the UK & Ireland
You might also be interested in these books in the flash genre.