Welcome

The Journal of Compressed Creative Arts is a non-profit publisher of compressed creative arts, such as micro fiction, flash fiction, prose poetry, compressed poetry & visual arts, and whatever other forms compression might take. Matter pays authors $50 for their accepted pieces. We publish weekly bursts of compression & decompression and make as many varied word-plays on matter as we can. We also blog here and at FlashFiction.Net.

A Short List of Things I Remember About That Weekend in Texarkana

by Alisha Karabinus

The way my fist felt, pounding into Jared’s garage wall until the thin wood split, until my hand swelled and purpled. How you hauled on my arm and told me to stop, that everything would work out in the end. That we would fix it and move on. (more…)

CNF: Birth

by A.E. Stueve

Our son was born dead. (more…)

CNF: Saying Farewell

by Marian Kaplun Shapiro

’bye, c-u, so long, ’later, toodle loo, hasta la vista, have a nice day, have a good one, ciao baby, cheerio, goodbye and good luck, take care, God bless, and see you later.

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CNF: Writer/Teacher or: Protect Me From What I Want

by Stace Budzko

Students will look at you like you know something. Not in the typical whatever posture of undergraduate indifference, but rather in that you wrote that inquiry. Their wonder feels good. In a way it strikes you as a badge of honor, this questioning. Secretly, you appreciate the academic cred you’ve somehow garnered by encouraging characters who, like yourself, do slightly naughty things, offer inappropriate truths, routinely fail in their desires. (more…)

Moonflower

by Tasha Cotter

“…when a woman’s skin glows white.”    
          —Chiyo-ni, 18th century Japanese Poet

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