We’re at the fifth month, which means a fifth collection of stories! I’m so appreciative to everyone who takes part in this wee prompt/contest/what-have-you, so before anything else: a thank you to everyone who took part. Also? I’ve heard from a couple of the authors now that stories they wrote for this challenge are finding homes in contests or publications elsewhere, and that is freaking awesome.
So, what is this challenge?
Well, the Flash Fiction Draw is basically a randomized card-draw that spits out a genre, an object, and a location, after which writers have a week to come up with up to 1,000 words that fit the criteria. It’s meant to be for fun and inspiration, rather than for serious competition. I do a draw on the first Monday of every month (the next draw will be June 4th, if you want to join in) and post results the following Monday, updating the post as I find new stories writers have written.
These were the cards drawn (and what they meant):
Given “Science Fiction,” “A Dog Whistle,” and “Above the Clouds,” where did the writers go? Some stuck around here on Earth (like me), but it turned out the sky was absolutely not the limit.
Here they are, alphabetically by contributor:
Lilly Amadu wrote “Helping Hand.”
Jeff Baker wrote “Murder Above the Clouds.”
‘Nathan Burgoine (that’s me) wrote “KOA-YVR.”
Alex deMorra wrote “The Laika Project.”
Talia C. Johnson wrote “Whistle While You Hate.”
Cait Gordon wrote “The Ale-ing Brothers.”
E.H. Timms wrote “Dock 42.”
Jamieson Wolf wrote “The Light Within.”
Did I miss your entry? Let me know and I’ll add you to the list! And by all means join us next month, when I do the draw again on June 4th. And if you want to see what people came up with for previous stories? The roundup for January (which was “A Fairy Tale,” “A Tattoo Machine,” and “A Prison”) is here. The roundup for February (which was “A Crime Caper,” “A Compass,” and “A Soup Kitchen”) is here. The roundup for March (which was “A Romance,” “A VHS Cassette,” and “A Firewatch Tower”) is here. And the roundup for April (which was “Historical Fiction,” “Rat Poison,” and “A Dirt Road”) is here.