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Flash Fiction Challenge: A World Without Guns

Tough challenge after this week’s news — but I’ve seen some folks talk about what fiction can do or say about the (yet another) school shooting, and I think genre fiction has a chance to do something or say something interesting regarding it. Science-fiction, for instance, pretends to be about our future but it’s nearly always about our present. So, your job is to compose a piece of flash fiction where guns are gone — for whatever reason, made illegal, never been invented, use your imagination. This is primed for... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Strange Photos

Here is your challenge this week. Go to Google. Go to Google IMAGES. Type in “Strange Photos.” You will find a panoply of, well, weird-ass images. Pick one. Use it as inspiration for a piece of flash fiction. (In the fiction, make sure to link to the photo or post to page, with all credit to photographers or designers, please.) Length: ~1000 words Due by: Friday, 2/16 noon EST Post at your online space. Drop a link to the story in the comments below.

Flash Fiction Challenge: SubGenre Shake-And-Bake, Baby

And we return with an old favorite. We shall mash subgenres up and write the weird stories that result. I will give you 20 subgenres. You will pick two from the list either using a d20 or random number generator (or use monkey knuckles or coffee grounds or whatever), then you will write a short story that mashes up those two subgenres. Length: We’ll say 1500-2000 words. Due by: Next Friday (2/9), noon EST. Post at your online space. Drop a link to the story in the comments below. THE SUBGENRE LIST: Revenge Thriller BDSM Erotica Fairy Tale... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Travel Woes

So, yesterday, I went to the airport to catch a flight. I was there appropriately early (I think at this point they ask you to be there 72 hours before your flight), and I waited around and fucked about on my phone. Then I went to the bathroom because boarding was going to begin soon. When I came out, the departure time increased by 20 minutes. No big deal. Tiny delay. Doable. Then the time changed in front of my eyes and it became two hours. The gate did not announce... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: This Time, I Pick The Lyric

Okay, last week, you got to pick a song lyric you really liked, and you wrote a story based on that bit of song poetry. Right? Right. Cool. This week, I’m giving you the lyric. It’s from Sza’s “Drew Barrymore.” (Lyrics here. Video here.) The lyric in question is this line, the opening line the song: “Why is it so hard to accept the party is over?” The song has a lot of great lines, but that’s the one we’re going with. Take from it whatever inspiration you choose. Base... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Song Lyric Story

Okie dokie, hawks and doves, here’s the deal this week: I want you to pick a song you really, really like. A song that moves you at the lyrical level — THE WORDS REALLY SPEAK TO YOU, WOW, WHOA, JEEZ. Now, take a slice of those words — a smidgen of the lyrics, a line, a short stanza — and use them as the theme or basis for a bit of flash fiction. (Example: I’m a huge Concrete Blonde fan — and some of you are sadly asking, “Who?” —... Read The Rest →

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