Flash Fiction Challenge: Another Ten Words

Last week’s challenge: Subgenre Frankenstein.

I’m going to give you ten words. Your job is to work all ten of these words into a flash fiction story, ~1000 words in length. That’s it. End of mandate.

The story’s due in a week: Friday, August 30th, noon EST.

Post at your online space.

Link back here.

The ten random words are as follows:











141 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Another Ten Words”

  1. Very excited…this is my first foray into “Flash Fiction”…unique short story using the 6…no…10 words. Enjoy and thank you for the challenge…it is a needed kick in the butt. The short story is entitled, “Making An Impression”.

    • Oh yeah. Title. Eagleside. Blurby-thing. Eagleside Cemetary: home of the dead, the undead, and things that don’t actually have the capacity to be dead.

      These things would be helpful, wouldn’t they? Wow I’m good at this… 😛

  2. Meant to add the first paragraph to my post, but clicked Submit prematurely. Here ’tis:

    The idea of atomic funerals has always captivated Willow-in-Clay. There’s the reek of brimstone about them, the feel of a dark and disfigured god laughing at Man’s latest doomed attempt to avoid the Plague’s spread. She prayed her way through her share of gravesites, back before she came to realize that it was all for nothing. The bomb is just the next evolution.

    • I thought it was a bit underhand to squeeze in most of the words in the way you did – but it’s a brilliant story, so who cares!! Glad you did it 🙂

    • I can see how using the words the way you did would make it more difficult since you had to find a book title -and- incorporate them into the letter.

      I thought it was a pretty clever little story though.

      • Thanks, I did kind of force double-duty a bit. And in retrospect I think I might have been better off composing the letter first and then looking for titles that fit as opposed to the other way around, but I’ll take what I can get from a couple hours’ work.

  3. Late to class again. And I’ve gone over the word count. Again.

    Had a hard time with this one. Originally started out as something more along the lines of No Country for Old Men and somehow ended up as something more along the lines of Sandman Slim. It’s got heaven, hell, zombies, guns, cursing . . . everything a growing imagination needs to grow up healthy and strong.

    At any rate, I know no one’s going to read it at this point, but I had fun writing it. Still need to plug up some holes in the narrative and finish the ending.

    This is called “Dead to Rights”


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