Flash Fiction Challenge: There Is No Exit

Last night, I had a dream — no, no, not the one with Mrs. Butterscotch and the strap-on dildo covered in spray cheese. This one was a dream in which a phrase figured prominently:

There is no exit.

I don’t know why.

I don’t know what it means.

It probably doesn’t mean anything, because dreams are just your brain’s way of pooping.


I thought it would make a very good flash fiction challenge.

So, incorporate that phrase —

“There is no exit”

— into the story. Either as a title, a line of dialogue, a theme, whatever.

Go forth and tell the story.

Length: ~1000 words

Due by: July 14th, Friday, noon, EST

Post at your online space, then give us a link so we can read it.

75 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: There Is No Exit”

  1. […] Wendig had another prompt that gave me some inspiration.  The prompt was ‘There is no exit.’  This is what I came up with.  I tried something different and wrote in 2nd person present tense. […]

  2. The opening line of this that came up in my blog feed was too good to scroll past without reading the whole thing. An interesting prompt–I will be back with a link for sharing.

  3. I wish I could remember more of my dreams. But being trapped in some rambling building, and trying to find my way out, is a common theme. Another one is clinging onto something at great height and wondering what all these other people are doing here…

    • I came expecting a nightmare, and was sorely disappointed.

      That was sweet and brave and maybe even a little chaotic. It’s amazing how differently people can interpret the same four words.

  4. Here’s my attempt. One thousand words more or less. Mine’s also title “There is No Exit” as well.

    “There is no exit, no way out, enjoy what time you have left.”

    • Welcome!

      Wow, two second-person stories this week. This one felt to me like a teaser trailer, like for a game (my inner narrator read it in his announcer voice). The draw was there.

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