Tiny Tales from Fall 2020 is a collection of microfiction composed by students in the Myth-Folklore and Indian Epics classes at the University of Oklahoma: 120 stories from 50 student authors.
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Attribution: Tiny Tales of Fall 2020, edited by Laura Gibbs
Version: December 13 2020.
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ABOUT THIS BOOK
This book contains microfiction written by students at the University of Oklahoma in the Fall of 2020. Most of the stories are 100 words long, while some are even shorter: 25-word stories, two-sentence stories, even 6-word stories. You'll also find some story sequences, like the "Little Ghost Chronicles" or the "Four Horsemen," which consist of several 100-word episodes. There are stories about our pandemic times, myths and legends from around the world, spooky stories, animal stories... all powered by the creative imagination of students in these two courses who generously agreed to share their work.
The paragraph you just read about this book is 100 words long, as is this paragraph, and that's also the length of most of the stories in the book. These tiny tales go by fast, but you can slow down when you find one you like. Read it again. Read it out loud. Let it sink in. Notice the details. You might even supply some details from your own imagination, or decide to write your own microfiction after seeing what these authors have done with their tiny tales. You can read more 100-word stories from different mythological traditions at:
Many thanks to the anonymous contributors, and to these authors: Adam Khan, Addison Franca, Ann Marie Dong, Ava Hiser, BP, Caleb Pinson, Caroline Gates, Chris McLaughlin, Christian Trent, CM, Eden Cook, Emily Martinez, Emma Kemp, Erin Lockhart, GWVT, Harana, Izzy Hua, Jaicee Dickerson, Katie Thorisch, Keana Jones, KPM, LKG, Long Ngo, Lumingo Lubobo, LW, MA, Mikayla Chandler, Morgan Pask, MS, Natalie Leiter, NC, NR, Philip Crowley, Rachel Averitt, Rachel Fisher, Rachel Goldin, Rohit Thomas, Saad Khan, Sidney May, SK, SV, and Taiwei Chang.
- Love Goes On, Forever
- My Mom's Ice Cream
- Empty Chairs
- Breaking Up
- Growing Up
- A Rejected Proposal (I)
- A Rejected Proposal (II)
- A Terrible Costume
- Carmelo Anthony
- Spontaneous Trips
- The Terminal Train
- End of Time
- Life is Like Ice
- The Same Sky
- No Questions Asked Please
- What of These Invisible Things?
- Running Dogs
- The Dog-Loving Dedicated Photographer
- The Hidden Treasure
- That's the Life: One Perspective
- That's the Life: Another Perspective
- Ollie and Rory: Attorneys at Paw
- A Shared Spirit
- The Greedy Squirrel and the Nut
- The Driver and the Squirrel
- Rabbit’s Great Discovery
- Brer Rabbit and the Tug of War
- Tortoise Bowl-On-The-Back and the Fox
- The Golden Goose
- Anansi the Farmer
- The Owl
- The Three Kids
- The Lion and the Woodcutter's Daughter
- The Cursed Prince
- Got Ya
- Two-Sentence Horror
- Mr. Lanelle
- Mr. Miacca and Misbehaving Tommy
- Monsters Under the Bed
- Shade of Red
- Never Knew I Died
- Little Ghost Chronicles: The Lonely Little Ghost
- Little Ghost Chronicles: The Un-Lonely Little Ghost
- Little Ghost Chronicles: The New Little Ghost
- Little Ghost Chronicles: Two Ghosts
- Priest and Nun
- The Story of the Wolf-Bride
- The Vampires of New Orleans
- Making a Tupilak
- The Story of Papik
- The House on Red Street
- Nightmare in Wonderland
- White Horse of Pestilence
- Red Horse of War
- Black Horse of Famine
- Pale Horse of Death
- The Princess and the Pea
- The Lonely Shepherd
- The Peri Wife
- Sabzperi, The Emerald Peri
- The Hill Giant
- Freya's Necklace
- Yamato's Sacred Sword
- A Knight's Take on King Arthur
- A Short Odyssey
- Creation Myth: When God Spoke
- The Fall
- The Sunrise and the Serpent
- Creation Myth: Izanagi and Izanami
- Why the Sun Rises Every Day
- Why the Sun and Moon Got Divorced
- Always Apart