Or flash something.
I'm going to do my usual kvetching and say I basically only write flash fiction when I post a challenge. I once won a Derringer for a flash fiction story, but it succeeded on the strengths of a gimmick. Shame on me-- unless you tell me most flash fiction does.
I have a horrible time with it. By the time I set up the conflict, I am 600 words into the story. Then I have to resolve it in a couple hundred words. I am meant to write 3500 word stories--not much more and not much less.
So what is the secret to writing good flash? Is it being able to set something up quickly? Is it using a very small canvass to paint on? Is it "you gotta have a gimmick (Gypsy)."
Tell me your secrets or what you've found out from reading the best of these stories. What's the best flash fiction story you've read and tell me where to find it. PLEASE.