Flash Fiction Challenge: Sub-Genre Mash-Up


Once again, last week’s challenge is worth your look-see — “MUST LOVE ROBOTS.” Scan the comments. Find the delicious robot stories contained within.

And now for this week’s challenge.

Here, then, is a list of six sub-genres:

Steampunk.

Superhero.

Noir.

Erotica.

Farce.

Men’s Adventure.

Your job is to choose two of these and mash them up into one crazy flash fiction tale. Superhero Erotica? Steampunk Noir? Men’s Farcical Adventure? Mix, match. Go nuts.

You’ve got 1000 words.

Due by July 1st (Friday) at noon (EST).

Here’s the second thing, though: I’ll pick my favorite story out of the bunch and offer that writer a critique of up to 5,000 words of fiction (short story, part of a novel, whatever).

So, jump in. Get writing. Write so it rocks.

See you on the other side when you invent your own sub-sub-genres.

EDIT:

Happy July 4th, peeps.

Okay, finally gone and read all the flash fiction entries.

Some really strong stuff here. Like, wow. Monkey heads and Mister Polisher and the grim relationship between hooker and john. In the end, it came down to Amber Gardner’s superhero-noir (“Savior“) and, well, Jim Macfee’s Superhero Noir (“Sanction“). In terms of picking folks who might want an edit, I’m looking for a few things, right? I’m looking for stuff that’s good. I’m looking for writers with potential, even if that potential hasn’t been realized. And I’m looking for a selfish fix to read more of their work.

Even now I pinball between the two stories.

So, I’m going to cheat and pick both, giving one the “2nd prize” treatment.

I’m picking Jim for the 5k edit.

I’m picking Amber for a smaller 2.5k edit.

Congrats, both of you crazy kids. Bounce me a mail at chuckwendig [at] terribleminds [dot] com.


56 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Sub-Genre Mash-Up”

  1. Speaking of mooshed genres, what’s that I see over there in your Twitter stream? “Literary Horror”? Does that just mean very well written horror?

    Working on literary thriller, myself, I hope.

  2. […] The Time Traveller’s Baby-Momma June 24, 2011 at 10:03 PM | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment This is another in the series of flash fiction from Chuck Wendig’s site “Terrible Minds.” The mission? One thousand words, mixing together a couple of these sub-genres: Steampunk, Super hero, Noir, erotica, farce, and men’s adventure. I’m not sure what some of those are. Check out the other entries here: Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge, “Sub-Genre Mash-Up.” […]

  3. Ooh, fun! Being forced to write outside my preferred genre/comfort zone sounds like a wonderful exercise. I think I’ll whip up some Superhero-Noir for the occasion.

    One (unrelated) question:
    Why does my wordpress.com login not work here, so everyone can see my oh-so-creepy avatar? Is it because you use wordpress.org? Seems weird.

  4. My personal favorite of these was Brenad Stokes Barron’s “Mr Polisher is Dead.” Plus extra points to her for having a steampunkish sounding name.
    However, I liked all of them. I think I need to pick up some Mickey Spillane.
    Plus I read the rules wrong. I thought the *loser* should get the critique.Wouldn’t that person need it more? That’s what I was aiming for. Honest.

  5. Well, I think they’re a bit long to count as flash fiction, but I’ve been working on a series of erotica/men’s adventure stories. They’re inspired by pulps from the 70s and 80s like The Destroyer and Mack Bolan.

    http://www.literotica.com/s/jake-hunter-an-unexpected-reward
    http://www.literotica.com/s/jake-hunter-jake-in-cuffs

    (Note, that’s not my blog, that’s an erotic stories site. Definitely NSFW and very likely blocked by most work networks.)

  6. Alright, well I think this might not count. I went with Steampunk/Super-villain…Yeah I see that it said superhero, but this is the direction I went. Still fun to write.

  7. I had a lot of fun with this one mainly as I’ve been toying around with a superhero type novel project with the premise of what would it actually be like to be Superman, someone who exists outside the laws of physics while living inside a world bound by those rules.

    So this is the first pass at writing into this frame and I went a might long.

    I cut about 700 words out, mostly descriptions but here we go:

    Alley of Blood

    http://defconwhiskey.tumblr.com/post/7118141005/alley-of-blood

  8. I missed @Bets comment earlier —

    Bets, just post at your bloggery-space, and link over here, as the other folks have done. That work for you? Thx!

    — c.

    • @Anon:

      I should have ’em all read by tomorrow morning! A helluva lot of entries, and so many good ones. Just want to be fair and make sure I read ’em all.

      — c.

  9. EDIT:

    Happy July 4th, peeps.

    Okay, finally gone and read all the flash fiction entries.

    Some really strong stuff here. Like, wow. Monkey heads and Mister Polisher and the grim relationship between hooker and john. In the end, it came down to Amber Gardner’s superhero-noir (“Savior”) and, well, Jim Macfee’s Superhero Noir (“Sanction”). In terms of picking folks who might want an edit, I’m looking for a few things, right? I’m looking for stuff that’s good. I’m looking for writers with potential, even if that potential hasn’t been realized. And I’m looking for a selfish fix to read more of their work.

    Even now I pinball between the two stories.

    So, I’m going to cheat and pick both, giving one the “2nd prize” treatment.

    I’m picking Jim for the 5k edit.

    I’m picking Amber for a smaller 2.5k edit.

    Congrats, both of you crazy kids. Bounce me a mail at chuckwendig [at] terribleminds [dot] com.

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