Flash Fiction Challenge: X Versus Z, Redux

Another classic challenge, of which I am a fan.

Way this works is, below you will find two tables — X and Y! — and you will pick (or randomly draw) from those tables. That will leave you with a set of X versus Y — and from there, you will write a piece of flash fiction based on that parameter set. You can even use the match up (SKELETONS VS. SCIENTISTS!) as the title to the work, or come up with a new title.

Length: ~2000 words

Due by: 5/26, Friday, noon EST

Post at your online space, link back here so all can read.


  1. Robots
  2. Vampires
  3. Monkeys
  4. Demons
  5. Pirates
  6. Kaiju
  7. Goblins
  8. Dragons
  9. Ghosts
  10. Gods
  11. Time Travelers
  12. Cops
  13. Librarians
  14. Bards
  15. Skeletons
  16. Interdimensional Floating Jellyfish Creatures
  17. Aliens
  18. Cats
  19. Werewolves
  20. Musicians


  1. Zombies
  2. Monks
  3. Spiders
  4. Heroes
  5. Fairies
  6. Robots
  7. Assassins
  8. Mutants
  9. Cannibals
  10. Mermaids
  11. Scientists
  12. Evil
  13. Serial Killers
  14. Cultists
  15. George Washington
  16. Superheroes
  17. Artificial Intelligence
  18. Swamp Monsters
  19. Cheerleaders
  20. Elves

47 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: X Versus Z, Redux”

  1. Ok, now I know I’m not following instructions. I have a great excuse. I’ve already written a god/zombie fic and still currently working on it’s next chapters. It’s fanfiction for The Walking Dead and I have combined Greek Mythology with the TV show’s characters Rick and Michonne as Ares and Nike, but it also includes the rest of the family. It’s more than 2000 words and I hope it entertains you.

  2. I just randomly got “librarians vs. evil.” I think I’ll roll again. I’m not in the mood to write an autobiographical piece.

  3. Oh, the gods favored me: Librarians vs. Robots. And I see the librarians are showing up a lot. Weighted dice?

  4. I can’t decide between Cats vs Fairies or Jellyfish Creatures vs Cheerleaders (mean girls) Or … So much to choose from. This is gonna be fun.

  5. Hey Chuck! Now I know you don’t control the price of your books and that you don’t control Amazon, but what are your thoughts on the price of your books on Amazon?

    • I appreciate you having a sense of humor, ding dong.

      (That said, this is still not a post about my books or about book prices.)

      But I’ll say that the prices of my books on Amazon are generally fine, though sometimes a publisher charges too much for an e-book, OR Amazon discounts the physical book in order to make the e-book price too high.

      • thanks. I kinda took a little of the story from ‘Angel’… been watching a lot of that lately… Lorn has been rubbing off on me lately. He was my favourite character out of that show. 😀 Such a pity Andy Hallet passed away.

      • So glad I was right on the money with this story. 😛 And seeing I’ve known librarians all throughout my life (yes, as a 4 year old, I lived in my local library and as a teenager, I also lived in my primary and high school libraries too), and they’re the best people around. I’ve seen them retire from being librarians, but never die. They just seem to fade away from the public eye… hibernate. 🙂

  6. Its 2am here and I’m almost late. I got Ghosts vs Scientists. And I cheated shamelessly: it’s 1700 words, not 2000. The story ends with a small cliffhanger. And there’s only one ghost (so far).

    But I had lots of fun writing this Teslapunk story starring the nominal Nikola Tesla and Harry Houdini as ghostbusters. Plus a few other known people. Here’s “The Adventure Begins”.


  7. So, I’ll start by saying there’s no minute quite like that last one when it comes to a writing prompt. I banged out this weeks assignment in under twenty-four hours (thanks to my very, very patient girlfriend).

    You can check out the story here:


    And no – you have to read to find out what it is. 🙂

    Okay, the spoiler is at the end of the link above. Cheater.

  8. […] Last week’s challenge was to pick a one group of people from one table, pick another from another table and pit them together. It was due last Friday, so it’s hella late but I’m going to post it anyway. This is the first writing I’ve done in about 3 months, and I could tell. The characters aren’t very complex, and the story reads more like a scene in an action movie, but I had a lot of fun writing it. Also used the term “assassin” pretty loosely. Anyway, hope you like it. […]

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