Mini saga

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The mini saga is a type of text which, due to its brevity, forces the author to reduce and rationalize his means of expression. It was invented by Brian Aldiss in 1982 .

While it is thematically free, it must formally meet the following criteria:

  • Exactly 50 words, contractions are usually considered one word, hyphenated words are not.
  • With a title, which may not have more than 15 characters.
  • It should tell a story, but it doesn't have to be in prose .

The mini saga is particularly popular in English-speaking countries, especially among learners. The Daily Telegraph hosted several mini saga competitions.