I've heard on numerous occasions that when writing flash fiction you still need to maintain the elements of a well-rounded story. But. Wait. Stop right there. WHY? Why restrict yourself with all these rules if you've got something inside of you dying to be written that doesn't have a beginning middle and end? What if what you want to write is like a vignette, that begins and ends randomly in time without motives or goals driving it forward? What if what you want to express is more of a feeling, an experience, a significant moment in time, as the talented Nicole Ducleroir says. And what if how you want to write it is quite poetic, but cannot really be classed as a prose poem, because it's too long, and cannot really be classed as flash fiction, because it sounds like a prose poem? Huh. In a bit of a tight spot then, aren't we?
I suppose my biggest question here, is: Why isn't there a market for this type of thing? I mean, we can all write whatever we want to write, of course, but then when we want get it published, there isn't anywhere to submit it. Thankfully, I've finally found an anthology publisher who does. Static Movement. But it is certainly the only one I've come across that has accepted such work. I really do wonder why because my vignettes are as much a piece of art as the pieces of art that play by the rules.
What do you think? Do you think there should be more markets out there that publish vignettes? Don't you think we should be given a chance to bend the rules once in a while?