Today’s challenge is deceptively simple.
Your story must include a dragon.
OKAY THERE YOU GO BYE
wait hold on don’t leave.
You might be saying, “But I don’t want to write fantasy.”
Okay, so what does a dragon in science-fiction look like?
And I’d encourage you to think outside the scaled, fire-charred box. Who said the dragon has to be a literal dragon? What about a serial killer called the Dragon? An MMA fighter or wrestler? The name of a boat or spacecraft? The name of a disease? In fact, I’d encourage you to think beyond the literal here as much as you can. Get creative.
How do you include a dragon that isn’t really a dragon?
You have, mmm, let’s say 2000 words.
Due by Friday, April 8th, noon EST.
Post at your online space.
Link back here.
Behold the dragon.
55 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: The Dragon”
Super excited for this as you can tell from the name of my blog!
Insert obligatory “chasing the dragon” joke here.
Oddly enough, I had this post scheduled for today. I hope it qualifies.
The Iron Dragon
Here is one that I wrote for another Flash Fiction challenge a while back; it has a dragon angle so voila! http://www.roblaman.com/?p=107k
Woot! More fun stuff to write about!
Finally a chance to write some Captain & Tennille fanfic.
Urgh … I got nothing, I’ll come back if I find some dragon-inspiration … somewhere, somehow!
Therin Knite did an excellent sci-fi dragon in the first book of her Echoes series. It’s definitely worth checking out.
It looks as if Echoes, by Therin Knite is free on Amazon, April 2 & 3. Awesome scifi dragon there.
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Here’s my response to the prompt:
It’s a continuation of the YA serial I’m working on, Mental State.
Thinking inside the box, (unusual for me) is a short piece about a dragon. Departure–A Dragons’s Drama~http://bethturnage.com/?p=669
We should enter the dragon? Someone had to say it.
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https://itsthesedamnkids.wordpress.com/2016/04/02/dragon/ This is what I’ve got! Way under the word limit though…
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Traditional fantasy dragons. The friendly sort. Well, mostly.
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Okay, I’ve just finished mine! So since this month is National Poetry Month, I decided to do a poem about dragons. https://vookthevook.wordpress.com/2016/04/01/flash-fiction-challenge-dragons/ I hope you all enjoy it! 🙂
Howdy doodily neighbours near and far! Hope you enjoy mine.. it’s kinda personal. Yes, I’ve seen a shrink, no my dragon isn’t getting the better of me.
Wrote this as a continuation, but it stands on its own. My version of a dragon:
I’M SORRY. I went over the word limit, so I lose. This story needs a few more drafts, but I’m pretty happy with the first one. It ended at 2574 words and I know I lose so I’m sorry but here’s the link:
I loved it! Rocking that first draft.
Very gripping story! *high-fives for crossing the word limit as well* Mine just crossed 3,000 😛
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My dragon-ish story! Sorry I did what I could! 🙂 https://themadtypewriter.wordpress.com/2016/04/04/flash-fiction-challenge-the-dragon/
A story inspired by a book I loved as a kid:
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Got it: Dawn Over Apep.
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Wheeeeeeee. Loved doing this one. Prepare for not-dragons!
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Finally I did one of your challenges Chuck! Dragons are right up my alley. Bear with me, I wrote this at the office. It is the one and only draft. BTW, the title is inspired by a real place from back in college years.
Love this one! I felt like I was really there. Well done!
I came up with something really insane, and I hope I’ll be able to fit it into 2K words! Here goes nothing!
I “Fell” while completing this challenge …
My first attempt at flash fiction, so it could be a load of nonsense, for all I know. I went way over the word limit, though, just touching 3,000 words. So I lose! Mainly because I didn’t have ANY idea where I was heading until I was some 1,500 words in.
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I haven’t participated in a while, but this one hooked me. Here’s my submission, coming in just over 1800 words: https://helenespinosa.wordpress.com/2016/04/07/flash-fiction-the-dragons-realm-finale/
I like it! The premise is pretty interesting.
Haven’t done one of these in too long, but I got one today. https://tonij.com/2016/04/07/fang-and-fire/
The Nursing Home, or Discussing with Dragons
By Ann WJ White
I’m really excited to have found your writings, Mr. Wendig. You make being a writer and reader a lot of fun.
My non-fantasy dragon story will go live in a couple of hours:
Inspiration struck today, so I did not have the time I would’ve liked to edit, but here it is, and slightly longer than it’s supposed to be. (2800)
Unexpected ending, but I liked it! 🙂
Here we go. Right on time. http://theshinysquirreldiaries.blogspot.com/2016/04/a-specific-sense.html
I hope this good
Yaay! Last minute submission 😀
correct link here http://infinityunfurls.blogspot.com/2016/04/the-dragon-charmer-act-1-kalpana-breaks_8.html
It’s a short one, and just at the deadline, but here it is.
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Dang, missed this post but strangely had just finished writing a (longish) short story about just this – a ‘dragon’. 🙂