Flash Fiction Challenge: The SubGenre Smash-And-Grab


And we return with an old favorite.

We shall make subgenres dance together for our whims.

I will give you 20 subgenres. You will pick two from the list either using a d20 or random number generator (or use monkey knuckles or coffee grounds or whatever), then you will write a short story that mashes up those two subgenres.

Length: We’ll say 1500 words.

Due by: Next Friday (5/19), noon EST.

Post at your online space.

Link to it in the comments below. So we can all read it!


  1. Political Thriller
  2. Erotic
  3. Fairy Tale / Fable / Folklore
  4. Haunted House
  5. Weird West
  6. Body Horror
  7. Near-Future Sci-Fi
  8. Sword & Sorcery
  9. Occult Detective
  10. Historical Fantasy
  11. Comic Fantasy
  12. Vampire
  13. Superhero
  14. Bodice Ripper
  15. Heist / Caper
  16. Space Opera
  17. Biopunk
  18. Medical Thriller
  19. Paranormal Romance
  20. Splatterpunk

95 responses to “Flash Fiction Challenge: The SubGenre Smash-And-Grab”

  1. If you smash 8, 17 and 18 together you might get a Nanobiotechnoshaman Thriller. Does that break the rules?

  2. I got Vampire and Superhero and wound up immediately writing 650 words about a little girl who idolizes Batman and decides she’s a superhero after she gets bitten by a vampire. I know two things: this is probably the weirdest thing I’ve written, and I’m not going to be able to stick to the 1.5k word limit because I already have so many ideas for it.
    (this is what I love about these things; you get the oddest stuff when you try to fit genres together)

  3. I wrote a genre fusion of #3 (based on The Faerie Queen) and the 2015 AP Calculus Exam. Since Mathematics is not on your list, I will not be participating this week.

  4. Okay, 2/19 seemed way too easy (Erotic Paranormal Romance is not exactly unusual, not to mention I don’t know anything about either genre), so I rolled again. 19/10 it is. Though I’m really intrigued by option 19/6.
    So, I probably do two stories or end up with 19/10/6.

  5. Thanks for deleting my comment related to the price of Thunderbird on Amazon.co.uk vs the price on Amazon.com Chuck. I’ll wait and pick up a second-hand copy.

  6. Got my first draft done for a splatterpunk space opera. It is goddamned revolting. So, I think it’s pretty good. I’ll post it up once I have a change to set down tomorrow and give it an editing pass.

  7. For this challenge, I got sword & sorcery and biopunk. https://rainyday.blog/2017/05/18/our-only-hope-flash-fiction-challenge-the-subgenre-smash-and-grab/

    Now, I’m nowhere near finished with this story, which you can tell. Most of this is just the beginning and a lot of it is world building. But this is what I have so far to start off the story before my hero begins her quest. Hope those of you who read it enjoy, and don’t hesitate to tell me what you think.

  8. […] So, after a very goddamned long time, I am writing fiction again. I threw this together so I’d have some place to post my piece for Chuck’s flash fiction challenge as my social media presence is basically only twitter. Linky link here. […]

  9. I rolled Near Future SciFi/Medical thriller. This story is thrown together roughly and needs more polish. You have a really good blog Chuck, lot of tips and plenty of help.

    Here’s my link everyone, enjoy.

    I like writing, it’s a lot of fun. And I’m sorry if this post is a multiple post. I’ve tried posting my link to my story, but the post did not show up, even with a status of awaiting moderation. I’ve been having some network problems this week. We switched over to a new fiber network and still are having a few problems.

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