Author and editor Randall Brown has always been fascinated with very short forms in writing. “To me, compression is a mindset; it is that desire to make the most minute of movements matter,” he explains. “It is fiction that cannot tolerate uncertainty for but a moment, and so it rushes to its ending before it loses nerve.”
The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts, which he founded in 2010, focuses on very short poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. Staff feature one piece a week on the journal’s website. Some are traditional. Others are prose stories arranged as multicolored triptychs or poems within illustrations. A list of Pushcart Prize nominations from the journal includes a piece that’s just 338 words long.