Flash Fiction Challenge: Photos Of Impossible Places


Last week’s challenge? Spin the Wheel 2.

This week a really fascinating link went around, and in it were 25 (er, 24) real world photos of places that looked entirely otherworldly. Click that link. Take a peek.

Now, I want you to use one of those photos as inspiration for your story.

That doesn’t mean you need to use the exact setting of the photo (though you can).

But inspiration, definitely.

When posting the story link below, don’t forget to identify which pic you used.

You have 1000 words.

You have one week to do it (due by 1/25, noon EST).

Any genre will do.

Write the story at your online space, then link back here.

Now go visit some strange and impossible places, will you?


116 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: Photos Of Impossible Places”

  1. Interestingly, we live about an hour or so from Berry Head Arch, but I’ve never been there.

    Might have to rectify that.

    • Hi Alan, I enjoyed the interplay between the mother and grandfather in relation the the children. Grandparents, always making up outlandish things… 😉

      • Thanks, Michael. I have been writing a lot of absurd juvenile fiction lately and have to check myself pitting everyone against the parents, time and again. It’s likely a piece of my baggage but it’s also a strong chapter out of the book of Roald Dahl. I appreciate your reading and commenting!

    • Spoiler alert: I didn’t really expect the full experience of the mist in this tale and was pleasantly surprised. The cadence you used felt like the mist. A nice reading experience.

    • Joe, I’ve gotta say, I was taken in from the start with some of your colorful description. The bar scene was really well developed (and oozing). I liked the story twist and development, but felt like it was just getting going when it was over. I’d like to read this as a longer piece.

      • Thanks Riley, glad you found something to like about it. I must admit I struggle with short stories. The short part always eludes me, and I just end up with a scene of an expanding idea :S
        I have to commend you for your feedback, you’ve taken the time to reply to everyone; you can’t hear it, but I’m giving you a round of applause.

        P.S – Oh and by the way, well done on converting crop circles from tinfoil hat conspiracy into tongue in cheek comedy. Nice.

  2. Thanks for the link, really awesome photos, would’ve missed it if not for your blog. Em… So no SPECIAL SPECIAL prize for these, huh? Ah, what the hell, might as well give it a try anyway…

  3. “The Way Station”, inspired by the picture of The Metro, Stockholm. and somehow I couldn’t stop listening to Casey Driessen’s song The Heartbeat Kid when I worked on it. Presented for your perusal.

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