Flash Fiction Challenge: Sub-Genre Mash-Up, With A Twist

Last week’s challenge — “The Body” — exists for your ocular and psychic pleasure. I love the sub-genre mash-up challenges. Which, if you’re not familiar with them, is when I hand you a list of sub-genres and you take two of those sub-genres and smoosh them together like two different colored blobs of Play-Do, and from the monstrosity you create, a story of 1000 words or less is born. Moo hoo ha ha. Ah, but this time, there’s a little twist. I’m going to give you a theme. Just one... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Scary Story In Three Sentences

Last week’s challenge — “Five Titles Make A Challenge” — exists for your perusal. Oh, and a quick housekeeping note: still reading through the last Epic Game of Aspects stories to determine my favorite! Gimme time. You guys did some awesome stuff and there’s a good amount to go through. Soon! Today is easy. Er, easy to describe, difficult to do. This is another “write a story in three sentences” challenge except – Drum roll please, make it scary. (Meaning: horror.) And please, under 100 words. This one’s a little... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: Five Titles Make A Challenge

Last week’s challenge — “The Epic Game Of Aspects Redux” — is there for your eyeballs. Here’s how this week’s challenge works. I’m going to give you five titles. You will either: a) Choose one of these titles for a new piece of flash fiction. or b) Remix the titles (adding no new words of your own) to create a new title which, well, duh, you will then use to compose a new piece of flash fiction. Get it? Got it? GOBBA GOOBA. The five titles are: “The Monkey’s Pageant.”... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: A Novice Revenges The Rhythm

Last week’s challenge — “The Second Game Of Aspects” — is large and in-charge. Check it. This week is pretty simple. I picked a sentence out of this random sentence generator. That sentence is: “A novice revenges the rhythm.” It’s a weird fucking sentence, but I love it. You will write a piece of flash fiction with this as a sentence contained within the story somewhere. First line, last line, in the middle — doesn’t matter where it shows up, but it better damn well be in there somewhere. You... Read The Rest →

Flash Fiction Challenge: A Second Game Of Aspects

Last week’s challenge — “A Game Of Aspects” — was so cool and so weird (and is still ongoing until noon) that I thought it was high-time to do another one. Or, at least, a similar one. Once again, we’ve got three categories. Slightly different this time: Again, Subgenre. Then: Setting! Then: Element to Include. We’ll leave theme/motif/conflict off the table for the time being, since some of these settings and included elements will have conflicts implicit. This time, there’s a different prize. Interested in attending the Crossroads Writers Conference... Read The Rest →

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