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Standards of Evaluation

Flash or Sudden Fictions

Arc Elements

  1. Is not a story . . . yet: lacks exposition, rise, and other elements, such as sense of place.
  2. Meets most story elements
  3. Arc elements are nuanced, carefully drawn, and show developed understanding of the craft. Bright.

Dramatic elements

  1. Not enough happens in the narrative to develop dramatic tension or movement (in the telling and/or in the matter)
  2. Enough happens to create a sense of dramatic tension
  3. Develops dramatic tension and emotion. Can’t miss it


  1. The ideas in the story require more digging and nuance, especially risk
  2. The level of idea in the story is sufficient for interest but could use more boost, energy, risk
  3. The story is fresh and engages interest beyond drama and arc