Flash Fiction Challenge: One Random Sentence

Last week’s challenge — “The Paint Color Title Scheme.”


Click here right now.

That is a random sentence generator.

You will get a random sentence and you will use it as either the first or the last sentence of your up-to-1000-word flash fiction entry in this week’s challenge. For instance, I got the sentence: “The textual silence swallows against the geometry.” I have no idea what the fuck that means, but it’s great.

Write in any genre.

You have one week. Due by June 1st, noon EST (Friday).

IN ADDITION, I’ll buy a random participant a copy of BLACKBIRDS — mass market paperback or Kindle (your choice). EDIT: Courtesy of the fine cyborgs at Angry Robot Books, this contest is extended to all international participants and shipping handled no matter where you live. Except the moon. We won’t ship to the moon because that shit gets expensive.

Go and write!

86 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: One Random Sentence”

  1. When I got the sentence, “over the corporate editor bicycles a miscellaneous stray” I thought I was going to go somewhere completely different with it. Luckily, many things intervened between Friday and now, and the sentence attracted random bits and pieces until the result arrived. http://knotachance.tumblr.com/

  2. Sorry for the double post – the computer said the first one didn’t go through, and it hadn’t shown up after a few hours. Thought I was safe. Apologies.

  3. Hi Chuck.

    Love your blog. Have been lurking around for months, reading all the great flash fiction and working up the gumption to play along. It’s been a while since I’ve written fiction and those muscles are mighty creaky.

    This was a great prompt. So much so that inspired me to start writing a novel that I’ve had in the back of my mind forever. This story would be chapter 2. Alas, it’s not finished. But it will be! And I’ll try this week’s challenge, promise.

    My sentence?

    The school stares!

    See you all next Friday,
    Angela Eloise

  4. Shiri Sondheimer —

    “The pink engineer elaborates under the gun.”

    You just nabbed a copy of BLACKBIRDS!

    Do me a favor and email me your info? To terribleminds at gmail dot com. 🙂

    — c.

  5. […] This week’s flash fiction challenge was to use this random sentence generator and find 1,000 words to make a story from it. Since I didn’t know what I was going to get — trying some experimental ways of writing seemed a perfect match.  Personally, I’m intrigued with what came out of this new way of processing the ideas and stories in my mind’s eyes. I also wanted to play with tense and visuals. As always, it’s a bit dark. Best to read with an adult beverage in your hand, I propose.  […]

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