Today is the day that you will always remember as the day I officially announced The Penprints Flash Fiction Dash.
Okay, so none of us are probably going to remember that, but I can always hope.
I’ve fallen hard for flash fiction in recent months, and in an attempt to spread the love and joy and oh-my-goodness-someone-hold-me and all that jazz, I have decided to host a flash fiction writing challenge. Details below.
What is flash fiction?
Definitions vary depending on who you talk to (some even argue that there is no suitable definition). For the purpose of this challenge, a flash fiction is a story that is 1000 words or less. I suggest checking out this article and also this article for a more complete rundown on flash fiction.
A challenge, not a contest.
This isn’t a contest, guys; this is merely a challenge (also, I find using merely to modify challenge strangely ironic). There will be no voting or scoring or saying whose is best or whose is worst. There will be a giveaway (more on that later), but it won’t be based on “merit”.
This is only supposed to challenge you to write, to venture into a new story, and to exercise certain writing muscles that are typically neglected. Hopefully, this will inspire and motivate you as a writer.
How it works.
If you are up to the challenge, you can fill out this form.
Everyone who signs up will be sent a unique prompt (song or picture, depending on preference) to use as a springboard for the story. You will have three weeks to write your flash fiction.
Ideally, you will post your story on your blog, mention in the blog post that you’re participating in The Penprints Flash Fiction Dash, share your prompt in the post, send me the link, and then I will compile all the links to the stories into a wrap-up post here on Penprints (please let me know if that doesn’t make sense).
Note to those without blogs: please join in the challenge. Even if you are unable to post your story on your blog, you can still send it to me in Word or Google Doc form, and I can format it into a clickable PDF that will be included in the wrap-up post (again, please tell me if that doesn’t make sense).
Sign-ups will be open through May 10, 2017.
Prompts will be sent out by May 13, 2017.
Stories/links to stories are due back to me by 11:59 pm on June 3, 2017.
The giveaway winner and wrap-up post on Penprints will go live on June 5, 2017.
Reasons to participate.
Now, you may be asking (or you may not be, I really can’t know), “Why should I participate in this challenge? Why should I write a flash fiction at the behest of this strange person on the internet?”
I’m glad you asked. I’ve taken the time to compile some solid reasons why you should join me in this challenge.
1. Because I think flash fiction is amazing.
You know what, I could stop right here with that reason alone because it is. so. solid. But for the sake of the unconvinced few, I shall continue.
2. It will stretch you as a writer.
If you think writing a good story in 1000 words or less is easy, think again. Flash fiction has redefined hard for me as a writer, and writing it grows me so much.
3. It may help you out of a writing slump.
It is so rewarding to hold a completed work of your own fiction in your hands, but novel writing takes a long (long)
long time. While still time-consuming (it typically takes me 30 minutes to eck out a rough draft and then another couple hours of editing), flash fiction is much quicker to finish than a novel, and I’ve found that it gets all my writerly gears humming happily along.
4. Oh, also, there’s a giveaway.
All those who send their stories/links to their stories to me will be entered into a giveaway.
The giveaway prizes are: a one year, print subscription to the Splickety Publishing Group magazine of the winner’s choice and a hard copy of The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (if the winner already has these, a comparable prize will be negotiated).
5. I want to read a story of yours!
No two people can tell the same story, and so I very much want to read how you tell a story.
– Your story must be 1000 words or less.
– Anything with excessive violence or profanity will not be included in the wrap-up post.
– Any erotica will not be included in the wrap-up post.
– Your story must be sent to me by 11:59 pm on June 3 to be included in the wrap-up post.
– You must have fun. ;)
And that, kids, is The Penprints Flash Fiction Dash.
Please share this post with anyone you think might be interested in participating! Also, the hashtag to use is: #flashficdash.
In case you want to slap it on any social media or blog posts or anything, here are the various challenge buttons:
If anything is unclear, just let me know in the comments below so I can amend this post to make it as comprehensible as possible.
Guys, I’m jazzed.
Do you think you might participate? Have you written flash fiction before?
P.S. – did I mention that there’s a giveaway?
P.P.S. – also, did I mention that I’m jazzed?