We’re excited to post the winning 100-word stories from National Flash Fiction Day’s micro-fiction competition. Not even I would argue that running through the woods on my own was the best definition of safe but I wanted to run-wild and the woodland offered me that. If this limit is too complex for you, set a challenge to write a story of 1000 words on a topic that has an open ending. Need a story but don't have much time? I imagined we’d be allocated the next story…, Doreen Queen The parkbench’s curvature felt familiar under his tiredold spine. When writing a flash fiction story, use each sentence to move the plot forward to tell a complete narrative. December 7, 2013 @ He lifted my keys. It looked like what you’d get if you had a baby raised by alligators. :), Yikes! I hope I did your beginning justice, because it was a great place to start! While he rubbed ruby into blue jeansLoved that line! December 1, 2013 @ But, it was nothing I couldn’t make up with a bit of effort. I liked the start. Seems yours got some love, but I already wrote this. They're short (and we mean short), intense (imagine a novel crossed with a haiku), and mesmerizing (whether they're illuminating a single moment or a whole life). 5:32 PM. One of these days I might look at rewriting this as a 60,000 word novel. Large trucks and fast cars loved Magpie Lane. Jake Corwin signaled his men to aim high and smiled in grim satisfaction as their shots rang out death’s medley and the passengers sitting in the seats fell over one by one. Ambien Grey See the original here. November 28, 2013 @ Angela Carina Barry 12:09 AM, […] Story, Part 2by Courtney Cantrell on December 6, 2013 • 0 CommentsThis is for Part 2 of Chuck Wendig’s December flash fiction challenge. An expert multi-tasker she finds you can do anything – walking, yoga – and combine it with reading – or writing – a book. Short Stories Less Than 1,000 words: Flash Fiction. While he rubbed ruby into blue jeans, I pulled the handle and moved. We’ll play this weird narrative whisper-down-the-lane variant until roughly the end of the year. He lifted and shook my keys dry. Each time around you’ll grab someone else’s story and add 200 words to it. Thanks for visiting my blog and reading mine :), Wow, yikes! Running in the woods did great things for my style. It felt so right. It came out of a writing exercise, and I decided to challenge myself with one year of keeping it brief. I smiled. December 7, 2013 @ 5:38 PM, Here’s a suitably open-ended beginning for someone to play with…, http://probablyfalse.tumblr.com/post/68404276619/untitled, Joyce Juzwik November 29, 2013 @ 11:19 AM, 200 words exactly, about a deathly allergic child, her friend Bloody Marty from the graveyard she saw through binoculars, Crocodile Girl from an imaginary swamp, and The Owl. November 29, 2013 @ Let me know where your 200 word story is so I can be certain not to miss reading it. The smile is a nice twist--makes me wonder what's going on inside her head. She, and her family, live in Hertfordshire. “Possession(s)” by John Smolens (877 words) “John Redding Goes to Sea” by Zora Neale Hurston (741 words) “The Virgin Mary” by Adesuwa Agbonile (720 words) “Girl” by Jamaica Kincaid (681 words) “Unnecessary Things” by Tatyana Tolstaya (662 … 2:03 PM, […] Look through the 200-word entries from last week. I want you to write the first 200 words of a story. 7:38 AM, R.T. Wilder Not the usual “1,000 words or so” this week, but 200 […], momdude So, for right now… Post your 200 words at your blog. I recently found a website called 50-Word Stories that features something called “flash fiction” and found myself perusing these wonderful (and sometimes NOT so wonderful) fictional snippets. Although Wikipedia indicates that the starting word count for flash fiction stories is around three hundred words, there have been many flash fiction contests around the world with maximum word count limits set to 15 words or lower. 12:08 PM, everyone else seems to be simply choosing their own – I’m going to pick one to start on…, Smoph Normally, 100-word stories are scheduled for 07.00 BST (GMT in the winter) on the following Friday. Another outcast of life, like himself. I was aiming for desperate, deluded, disillusioned and dead ;)Perhaps I should change the title to "The trouble with Show Don't Tell" - in 200 words." First it was cartons and tins on the worktops, then newspapers on the stairs. The whole is a part and the part is a whole. She'd lost so much blood it was easy for her imagine she was safe. It is a  5 part challenge in which everyone will write 200 words and continue someone […], 200 Words at a Time: Continued | LC Hu Heh. December 2, 2013 @ Challenges have rules, and here they are: Write a short story/flash fiction story in 200 words or less, excluding the title. I am 55 on the linky list and my entry is here: http://storytreasury.wordpress.com/2011/09/05/first-campaigner-challenge-the-door-swung-open/. I’ve also tried distilling ideas I’ve had in my head into little fifty-word stories. 2:21 PM, Flash Fiction Challenge: 200 Words At A Time, The Final Chapter « terribleminds: chuck wendig November 30, 2013 @ Alien invasion? If brevity is indeed the soul of wit, then just how many words does a writer need to tell a story? 8:57 PM, […] this holiday week, Chuck Wendig has bestowed upon us this odd task in his Flash Fiction Challenge. 4:48 AM, […] Chuck Wennings Flash Fiction challenge […], The second 200 words: A Real Live Corpse | Write on the World ), The greatest challenge is, of course, to make your story exactly, Camille Renshaw says: "Micro Fiction, by nature, is defiant. http://article94.blogspot.com/2013/11/200-more-words_29.html, Rebecca B. This got my skin crawling. Ooooh! I hope I’ve continued your dark and sinister tale. I’d meant to cut them back in the summer, but we’d had better things to do. I just posted Part 3 here: http://gwinnydedanann.livejournal.com/925.html Tasty? Indeed, they’re usually shorter than 1,000 words! So I’ll leave the alternate here. This challenge was to write 200 words, the start of a story. FIRST PLACE WINNER. That just sent chills all over.Great job, Elaine! The woodland, The Weald, was only a sliver of ancient woodland that the developers forgot to build on but it felt like it could have been anywhere. December 3, 2013 @ Clocking in at just over 100 words, it’s also one of the most impressive feats of flash fiction by … What is flash fiction? I was very interested in what someone else […], 200 + 200 – Words onto Words (A Flash Fiction Challenge) | Girl, Books, Blog Since Friday Flash Fiction began in September 2013, 100-word stories have remained its 'beating heart'. I have to continue this one for sure. 12:21 PM, OK, perhaps I missed the memo, but are we supposed to choose which story we want to continue? I’m going to run with it and see where it goes. 9:10 AM, The Helping Hat part two: http://vidacruz.wordpress.com/2013/12/03/200-words-at-a-time-the-helping-hat-part-two/, Flash fiction Challenge: 200 words at a time part two | and she lived happily ever after http://writinword.blogspot.com/2013/11/terrible-minds-flash-fiction-challenge.html, jeffwroteit 11:45 PM, […] Wendig, over at Terrible Minds, has created a place for writers to pick up the dangling thread from two hundred words of another […], Flash Fiction Challenge: 200 Words At A Time, Part 4 « terribleminds: chuck wendig November 28, 2013 @ Never Let Me Go. This is a haunting, brutal piece. Lovecraft and Lydia Davis have both penned what has come to be known as flash fiction -- brief stories with no precise length constraints, but that don't typically exceed 1,000 words. As much as I tried, I could not see a change. My Mum was probably still asleep but I could hear her you-never-know-what might-be-in-there lecture buzzing on repeat inside my head. We are reinventing the short story 200 words at a time To write good flash fiction you need to come up with a good idea. Micr-O Fiction: 8 Provocative Writers Tell Us a Story in 300 Words or Less. BUILDING STRONG WRITING ONE LETTER AT A TIME :). […], mckkenzie The oaks and beech trees dominated the space and the skinny, silver-birches squeezed up beside them. there’s no room. Pale fingers dipped into the dark liquid pooling around me. I missed round one, but I’ve added 200 ish words to ‘The Tunnel’… thanks for the start. 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Want to receive these blog posts via email whenever they post? http://prose.smoph.org/2013/11/28/elegant-justice/, Jason Heitkamper February 1, 2014 @ It's number #186. Drug-induced hallucination? Danny Smith by Dave Zeltserman Be sure to celebrate National Flash Fiction Day on June 21. November 28, 2013 @ Flash Fiction Example. Last week I posted my entry into Chuck Wendig’s Flash Fiction challenge. […], Jim Franklin Creepy and scary.Mine is #291: http://thewarriormuse.blogspot.com/2011/09/first-campaign-challenge-flash-fiction.html, Intense! Thank you for sharing these and the prompts inspiring them. 2:23 PM, Also used your piece 250-word Flash Fiction I originally posted this on the unfortunately now defunct Flashing in the Gutters. 11:42 AM, TERRIBLE MINDS FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE: 200 WORDS | J.F. At less than 250 words I think it works well as a fully-realized story. But I'm learning a lot so far. 2:54 PM. Subplots. STAYING LOST is found - if not properly finished. Also, the sheer number of pieces makes it all a little unwieldy, especially as it runs into the third, fourth and fifth stages. H.P. But tight, provocative fiction requires analysis and editing. The responses ranged from 4000 to 200 words… If so, isn’t that potentially going to leave some out in the cold? Unlocking the door, he dragged me into bleeding darkness. We’ll see…, Flash Fiction : In Too Deep » The Zombie Chimp Angela Carina Barry‘s work is posted here (scroll down until you find my original post at 8:59 PM on November […], Terribleminds Flash Fiction-Part II | Jeff Wrote It Great job.Have a great weekend. 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