272s are standalone pieces, exactly 272 words in length, and take about a minute to read. Average wait for a cappuccino: 90 seconds. Average time to fill the tank of your car: 120 seconds. Having a great 272 to read at a moment’s notice: priceless.


272s are on any topic, prose or poetry, fiction or nonfiction. Writing exactly 272 words is not done in a trifle. That is the point: it takes craft and care to write with concision and clarity. Not to worry, we provide a word counter and other writing aids.


Discover keen readers. Discover new writers. Or maybe just discover your inner writer. Discover the stimulating effects of the 272 creation process. And most of all, discover new ideas — including those you did not even know you would find interesting.