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August 20, 2019

In Fifty Words! (Micro Fictions)

An eclectic collection of micro fictions, each exactly 50 words…

From the Introduction:

Bob has a unique gift for using subtle phrasing and well chosen vocabulary to draw readers into larger worlds, deeper characters, and more refined conf...

February 3, 2019

See NUNUM's fusion of art with text HERE.

Balloon Party

Bob Thurber

After her release from the hospital my sister moved from her small, cramped apartment into an even smaller one. I hadn’t visited her in the ICU, or helped her move, but we’d stayed in touch by phone, so I...

February 2, 2019

Recently 50 Word Stories announced:

The winner of the 2018 Story of the Year is:

The Summer of Sweet Mary (circa 1972) by Bob Thurber

"For the first time, 50WS has a two-time story of the year winner.

It’s not surprising that Bob Thurber was the one to do it. His run of wo...

August 28, 2018

The editors of The Cafe Irreal continue their "year of reading" with an insightful in depth review of Nothing But Trouble

Read it here ...

"At The Cafe Irreal, when we meet talented writers who know what we mean by irrealism and are inclined to write irreal stories, we t...

February 7, 2018

"..,flash fiction maestro and Bumblebee contest judge, Bob Thurber, sat down to give his thoughts on constructing short fiction,  the importance of flash fiction, and his process in judging entries."

Read the Interview Here.

December 1, 2017

From time to time I'm asked about my vision.

My standard reply is, "I can still see, still read, still write."

Thanks to a rather large screen I'm capable of reading and writing on my iMac.

Magnifiers enable me to read printed material, though that's a strain, and limits...

November 17, 2017

In the words of an old modernist:

“Our tragedy today is a general and universal physical fear so long sustained by now that we can even bear it. There are no longer problems of the spirit. There is only the question: When will I be blown up? Because of this, the young m...

September 9, 2017

The story, one of my favorites, was recently republished ( for the fourth time, I believe ) at:

Literally Stories 

https://literallystories2014.com/2017/09/06/the-manufacturing-of-sorrow-by/

It was originally drafted in the months after my daughter died.

A most difficult t...

August 18, 2017


This summer The New Yorker is publishing a series of Flash Fiction pieces.

Link:  http://www.newyorker.com/books/flash-fiction

I’m delighted to see the recognition and legitimacy that’s being brought to the short-short prose form. About twenty years ago, when my first...

May 18, 2017

"Caught In a Crosswind" and "Door Prize" appear in the latest issue of The OffBeat

Here's the link. 

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