I'm a sort of member in a sort if group made up my micro authors who write some sort of micro texts. We're about 10.000. It's one way to look at it, in fact, only a few of us are actually writing. We also have a sort of regulation, with some sort of weird rules. In a way, these rules are some sort of interdictions. We are not allowed to use exclamation mark, ellipsis, quotation marks and dashes. Actually, what was today's theme? Oh, yes, orange. I heard it's a sort of color, between red and orange.

(Translated by Ana Spînu / University of Bucharest, Faculty of Foreign Languages and Literatures, MTTLC, year II / Corrected by Silvia Petrescu, coordinator of the translations)

Real Fiction is a collective project started in 2013 by Florin Piersic Jr. The concept of Real Fiction continued to exist as a Facebook group, after a volume of stories was published at Humanitas Publishing House. (In March 2023, the group has 10,790 members.) The authors write ultra-short stories, with the texts limited to 500 characters (in Romanian, so the length of the English translation might be a little different) - a flash-fiction exercise on a topic that changes every few days. The group's coordinators are Florin Piersic Jr., Gabriel Molnar, Răzvan Penescu, Luchian Abel, and Vlad Mușat. (Drawing by Adrian T. Roman)

Versiunea în română a acestui text se poate citi aici, în rubrica Ficțiuni Reale.

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