Flash Fiction Challenge: “The Unexpected Guest”

You may note that, oops, last Friday, I didn’t post a flash fiction challenge.

It’s not because I don’t love you. But rather, because the timer on my wife’s uterine oven went off prematurely, signaling that the brownies we thought were still baking were now ready.

Which means our son was born two weeks early.

So, getting a flash fiction challenge up was not on my “to-do” list that day.

BUT WE’RE BACK. After all, the baby’s out, so he’s pretty much on his own now. What? Tough love, baby. It’s a hard world. I duct taped a little spear into his rubbery hands and painted him up like Braveheart.

He’ll figure it out.

In the meantime, let’s sign up a hot tasty new flash fiction challenge, one with a little extra juice on the line in the form of FREE E-BOOKS.

The Challenge

Flash fiction, 1000 words. The subject?

An unexpected guest.”

Interpret that as you see fit.

Any genre is apropos.

You have one week. I’ll want all entries done up and linked to here by noon (EST) next Friday (6/3/11).

You know the drill: write it on your own blog, link back to here if you’re so kind, then drop a link to your blog here in the comments section of this very post. Ta-da!

The Free E-Books

Assuming we have more than 10 entries, I’ll pick my favorite 10 out of the bunch. Those writers can have a free copy of either IRREGULAR CREATURES or CONFESSIONS OF A FREELANCE PENMONKEY in PDF, Kindle, or Nook format. Just make sure to have your tales in under the deadline.

And that, squids and squallops, is all she wrote.

59 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: “The Unexpected Guest””

  1. Ooo, I like this one Chuck. I’ll see if I can conjure up an interesting guest over the weekend. I’m playing guest at my relative’s for the next few days. I’m bringing two large bottles of wine. I’m going to need it.

  2. When I’m done going insane at Phoenix ComicCon (running games and going to author panels! zombies!) this weekend, I’m so on this. Already have a few ideas.

    ‘grats again on the spawn.

  3. Got the jump on it!


    Chuck, you have a very alert child. He’s going to be a handful (smile). But don’t give him a civit cat. Nor a skunk. They burrow. You don’t want a house full of burrows. People could fall in.

    Does Taco Terrier accept the child? Our oldest grandson was allowed to root around on the floor with the dogs. When he got older, he requested a Rescue Cat for his birthday. I think the “pack” experience made him a better person.

  4. I’ve had the first line of a short story/flash piece gathering dust for probably a year now, and it’s all about an unexpected guest. Guess this means I ought to write the rest of it. 🙂

  5. LOL…good to hear you aren’t being an irresponsible parent and leaving your baby unarmed. Congratulations and have loved the baby crack…um, pics. Yes, baby pics.

  6. Hello,
    I stumbled across this site through an article about drinking and bees and why drinking kills the pain of said stinging bees. Because of that I chose to bookmark this page and then promptly forgot to check it regularly. But I came back to it on a whim and saw this flash fiction topic which I could not resist. So I would like to offer up my humble attempt at

    And because I would be remiss in not trying to obtain followers that are not spambots I’ll go ahead and mention my rarely used twitter account @yojimbojapan here.

  7. I wasn’t going to participate this time. I’ve been busy. But there was a post from the past I wanted to drag out and dust off, partly because it fits the topic so well but also because now that Herr Wendig is a parent, it might be time to learn that “sure, no problem” are some of the best and wisest words you could ever say in response to a request from your child. Um, you know, once he can speak.

    This certainly fit the “flash” requirement back when I wrote it, but it’s 50 words too long, it’s not fiction, and I already have both books. So I’m disqualifying myself from the competition. This one is just because:


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