Flash Fiction Challenge: An Uncharted Apocalypse

Last week’s challenge — “The Lady And The Swordsman” — demands your eyeballs.

The Apocalypse.

The end of the world. The end of days. The end times.

Armageddeon Ragnarok 2012, blah blah blah.

We know how the Apocalypse comes, how it all ends. Meteors, tsunamis, earthquakes, plague. It’s been done a thousand times before. Nobody’s really bringing anything new to the apocalyptic table.

Oh, except you.

Here’s your task: I want to see flash fiction set in a very unconventional, never-before-seen apocalypse. A Create Your Own End Times kinda story. Get as creative as you want. I want the world to end — or be in the middle of ending — in a way we’ve never seen before.

In this story, we want the characters to say, “Whoa, we didn’t see that coming.”

Humor, horror, sci-fi, fantasy, tragedy, literary, whatever. Go nuts.

Once again: 1000 words and one week to fill them. Get your tales done by Friday, July 22nd at noon EST. Post them at your blog, then share the link here in the comments.

Tell us how the world ends, will you?

Oh — and this week, we’ve got prizes again. This time, I’m going to pick my five favorite and toss them a PDF copy of my as-yet-unreleased e-book, 250 Things You Should Know About Writing, which is a collection of ten (well, technically eleven, shut up) of my 25 Things lists from this site.

Now: unveil the end of days as only you can write it.

EDIT:

Okay. Jinkies. I finally got through all the stories.

And I’ve picked my five.

It was difficult. I had about ten I really liked, but had to really carve ‘em up.

Here, then, are the five –

Samantha J. Mathis

http://samanthajmathis.tumblr.com/post/7670809842/candy-coated-chaos

Brian Buckley

http://briandbuckley.com/2011/07/21/flash-fiction-scissors-with-running/

C.M. Stewart

http://cmstewartwrite.wordpress.com/2011/07/22/grey-goo-flash-fiction-plus-science-fact/

Albert Berg

http://unsanityfiles.wordpress.com/2011/07/21/salt-of-the-earth/

And Sean Riley!

http://jackslack.tumblr.com/post/7838270330/flash-fiction-challenge-shard-of-heaven

You guys, bounce me a message at terribleminds [at] gmail [dot] com or use the contact form here at the site and I’ll get you “250 Things You Should Know About Writing.”

 

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