Flash Fiction Challenge: “Plucked From The Pages Of History”


The prior installment of the flash fiction challenge — “The Sub-Genre Tango II” — is large and in charge for your reading pleasure.

Over at his site, author Dan O’Shea is writing a novel day-by-day for all of you to see. It is the first draft and you can see it as it is written, tracking a new chapter every 24 hours.

The novel is titled ROTTEN AT HEART but the first thing you need to know about it is that it places Shakespeare into the role of shamus to solve a murder — which makes Shakespeare the protagonist.

A genius turn. And that’s what you’re going to do with your flash fiction.

Well, no, not necessarily take Shakespeare as your main character. What I want is for you to choose a famous person from history — be it Mark Twain, Babe Ruth, Nikola Tesla, Hannibal, whoever — and use that character as the protagonist in your short fiction. Bonus points for spinning it in a cool way: Shakespeare-as-detective, Nero-as-witch-hunter, Tesla-as-secret-alien, etc.

Once more, the plan remains the same. Up to 1000-word story. Any genre. Post at your blog, then link here and drop a note in the comments so we know where to find your story.

No prizes or incentive this week other than, “This is an awesome challenge, why not try?”

Choose your champion.

Let’s see some stories.

42 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: “Plucked From The Pages Of History””

  1. Thanks for the linkage, sir.

    Hey, I got dibs on Shirley Temple as a pre-pubsecent Mata Hari satisfying the unholy desires of the Nazi leadership. I just gotta make sure she can’t sue me first. *checking internet* Damn. She’s still alive. That scene with Goering, Goebels and Himmler making her air tight is gonna have to go.


  2. Dear all

    This time round, I have in fact fitted into the word limit, and have taken a somewhat distinctive spin on the controversy surrounding Elizabeth I and Robert and Amy Dudly. If you don’t know much about them, here’s some Wiki’s for your pleasure


    And the story…




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