And here we are! At the end of a year-long experiment in flash fiction writing, stretching writerly brain muscles and trying new genres completely at random. On the off chance this is the first month you’ve been visiting here, and if you’ve not read a roundup post before, the Flash Fiction Draw is a randomized card-draw I’ve been doing since January, once a month, 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.
These were the cards drawn for the final draw (and what they meant):
With “Comedy,” “A Broom,” and “A Field of Poppies,” what did the authors come up with?
Here they are, alphabetically by contributor:
Jeff Baker wrote “The Deadly Poppy Field.”
‘Nathan Burgoine (that’s me) wrote “The Pevensie Academy Boys.”
Cait Gordon wrote “Broom Chicka-Wow-Wow.”
Jeffrey Ricker wrote “Dress Rehearsal, or This Kiss.”
E.H. Timms wrote “A Clean Sweep.”
Did I miss your entry? Let me know and I’ll add you to the list!
And that’s it! If you wanted to see all the other round-ups, here they are:
- 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.
- The roundup for April (which was “Historical Fiction,” “Rat Poison,” and “A Dirt Road”) is here.
- The roundup for May (which was “Science Fiction,” “A Dog Whistle,” and “Above the Clouds”) is here.
- The roundup for June (which was “Fantasy,” “Hot Chocolate,” and “A Junkyard or Scrapyard”) is here.
- The roundup for July (which was “Mystery,” “Typewriter” and “A Dam”) is here.
- The roundup for August (which was “Ghost Story,” “An Earring,” and “A Tobacco Shop”) is here.
- The roundup for September (which was “Thriller,” “A Bag of Money” and “A Border Crossing”) is here.
- The roundup for October (which was “Horror,” “A Blood Drive,” and “Frog”) is here.
- The roundup for November (which was “Action/Adventure,” “A Bridge,” and “Sandbag”) is here.
I want to say a very special “thank you!” to everyone who took part in this challenge. It was fun. I loved reading your stories and it was a very welcome reminder of just how—even with the same prompts and constraints—authors go in such different directions with so many different voices. So, truly, thank you.