“To monster land” by Indigo Smithson (162 words)
An extremely tiny story about a boy trying to tell his mother that there’s a monster under his bed. The writing is pared down, but does the job well of conveying the emotional beats in the conversation. I’m most impressed by the surprise ending that works wonderfully with the size of the piece and captures the imaginativeness of young children. A great example of how a micro piece can still set up story structure and play with reader expectations.