Flash Fiction Challenge: Spin The Wheel

First up, a little administrative work:

I picked the random winner from the last challenge, “The War On Christmas.”

BLUE LYNX is that winner.

Blue Lynx, contact me at terribleminds at gmail dot com. Kay? Kay.

With that outta the way, it’s time to BEGIN ANEW.

*dun dun dun*

Here’re the rules. I’m going to give you three categories. You will pick randomly from each category, maybe with a d10 or using a random number generator. From your choices, you’ll have 1000 words to write some flash fiction. Post this fiction at your online space. Link back here. Due by Friday, January 11th, at noon EST.

Here, then, are your categories:


  1. Fairytale Fantasy
  2. Post-Apocalyptic Horror
  3. Superhero
  4. Police Procedural
  5. Military Sci-Fi
  6. Kaiju
  7. Dieselpunk
  8. Conspiracy Fiction
  9. Splatterpunk
  10. Southern Gothic


  1. An abandoned Wal-Mart
  2. An underwater alien ship
  3. The tropics
  4. Limbo
  5. A meth lab
  6. The Golden Gate Bridge
  7. On the surface of a comet
  8. A Nevada brothel
  9. Inside a virtual reality world
  10. A nightclub in Hell

Must Feature

  1. Talking animals
  2. Magical foodstuff
  3. A straight razor that never needs sharpening
  4. One or several time-travelers
  5. Mummies
  6. Nanotechnology
  7. A vigilante
  8. A dead body
  9. A blizzard
  10. A mystery box


118 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Spin The Wheel”

  1. HNY to you Chuck and all the Wendigites. I’ve rolled the lists into my wp plugin that generates random choices and gives out the items rather than numbers.

  2. […] I figured out how to have horror in limbo, so there will be more. You know the drill: go here ( http://terribleminds.com/ramble/2013/01/04/flash-fiction-challenge-spin-the-wheel/ ), learn the challenge, do the flash fiction, post, repeat until your fingers bleed. Or something. […]

  3. So, I rolled:
    Police Procedural
    A nightclub in Hell
    Magical foodstuff

    Shit, guys, I’m already working on a novel like this… WHAT DO I DO NOW, WENDIG? GUIDE ME!

  4. Been a while since I tried one of these. We’ll see what happens. I got:

    The tropics
    One or several time travelers

  5. […] For this challenge we had three categories and we had to pick one thing randomly from each. You can tell I didn’t cheat, because I never would have picked these on my own. Subgenre: Dieselpunk. Setting: A Meth lab. Must feature: A mystery box. To read more, roll the dice and go here: Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction Challenge: Spin the Wheel […]

  6. For the random number thing, the ones I got were 7, 5, and 10: Dieselpunk, A meth lab, and A mystery box.
    This is not what I would have chosen. If I was cheating and could pick what I wanted, what I would have chosen is either fairytale fantasy or post-apocalyptic horror, an abandon Wal-Mart or the Golden Gate Bridge, and mummies or a blizzard. So what do I do with this?
    The Pusher’s Algorithm

  7. I dont have a blog, webpage, facebook page or any type of cyber canvas whatsoever…so in order for me to blow your mind Chuck (retreats behind shield of obnoxiousness) am I allowed to post here?? or could I send it to your email for you to scrutinise?? or maybe I could just take a long walk off a short peir and allow you to continue your life unhindered by stupid questions? Though if I do, you will at some point from now jerk awake in the dead of night, glistening in the cool blue light of a full moon due to the panic induced cold sweat, and you will realise that what has been missing inn your life, is the enrichment that only my presence could have brought. It could be ten minutes, ten hours, ten years, ten aeons, point is it will happen.

    • Joe, blogs are like assholes. Everybody has one, and the internet is full of them. Get yourself one for free. Don’t think of it as endless frustration, think of it as a new and exciting hobby.

      • Okay, well it was worth a shot. I guess i’ll have to get a blog. (scribbles something down on paper) Anyone know where can I get an asshole?

  8. I want to try a Southern Gothic setting, in an abandoned walmart with a dead body with a “razor that never needs sharpening.” Yes, I chose four, but they…I feel so intrigued on doing it. Could I ?

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