Flash Fiction Challenge: “Roll For Title!”

Smell that?

*takes long sniff*

It is the first flash fiction challenge of the year.


And it is wonderfully sweet.

I’d actually like to take a little moment to say I’m so happy that these challenges seem to get people writing and I’ve seen more than a few folks sell-through stories based on these challenges, which makes the brittle broken snow-globe that I call my heart twitch and shine for one second.

Anyway, let’s get to it.

All you need to do this week is to use a d20 or a random number generator to consult the table at the bottom of the document to roll for a story’s title. It’s a two-part title (meaning, two random numbers 1-20) and whatever title you get must fit the story you write for it.

You’ll have 1000 words, par usual. Post at your blog, link back here. Due in one week — January 17th, Friday — by noon EST. Easy-peasy story-squeezy.

(Example of an earlier, similar challenge here.)

The title tables are (and you’re free to put the word “The” in front of your title):

Column One

  1. Snowbound
  2. Devil’s
  3. Accursed
  4. Whispering
  5. Amethyst
  6. Griefstruck
  7. Lovestruck
  8. Red
  9. Cartographer’s
  10. Chaos
  11. Orbital
  12. Jackdaw’s
  13. Minotaur
  14. Invisible
  15. Dog Star
  16. Helical
  17. Flight of the
  18. Cerulean
  19. Seamstress’
  20. Ten-Year

 Column Two

  1. Murders
  2. Kid’s Club
  3. Angel
  4. Vault
  5. Bookshop
  6. Champion
  7. Palace
  8. Fear
  9. Skull
  10. Potion
  11. Birdhouse
  12. Encyclopedia
  13. Peacock
  14. Prison
  15. Wire
  16. Rider
  17. Story
  18. God
  19. Parasite
  20. Earth

410 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: “Roll For Title!””

  1. I got “Invisible Bookstore.” Because the plague grips still two of my children, I’ve had lots of time to let this title stroll through the creative centers of my brain, and a mini-story to my larger novel-length work of INTERFACE, came to mind. The premise of INTERFACE is that humanity has been divided into two sects: Neurals and Purists. As you can imagine, the Neurals have a cerebral upgrade. Not Cyber Men upgrade, mind you. They still look like humans. But the world is divided. A casualty of this is libraries and bookstores. One woman, a Purist, is taking it upon herself to right that wrong. My story of INVISIBLE BOOKSTORES comes in right at 1,000 words. Sci Fi/Fantasy is a tough genre for flash, but I think I made this one work. Would love if folks read and comment. I can’t get these bits of placenta off my writing career if I don’t take a bath in feedback.


  2. Took a little while, but it’s done now. I apologize that my blog isn’t in WordPress but that might change soon. My roll for title gave me “Dog Star God” as a project. I had no idea how this would turn out, but it is completely different than what I started with. Thank you for reading, hope you enjoy it. Any and all feedback would be greatly appreciated.


      • I hope you don’t mind that I printed out your review and framed it. I framed it and it’s pegged at eye level on the wall directly in front of me. That way, while blood pours from my eye sockets while I write a chapter two to this, I’ll know it’ll be totally worth it! Thank you very much for your words of encouragement. It means a lot.

  3. I’m back, after a brief involuntary hiatus. Rolling a 20 and a 6 gave me The Ten-Year Champion:


    Advisory note: Test readings have suggested it’s possible that the effect I was aiming for might only be experienced by those who were once English schoolboys. I apologise in advance for any confusion my story may cause for anyone that didn’t get an education from a rubbish Three Counties state school. This was entirely unintended.

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