Said Bree is excited to announce the 2018 Flash Fiction Challenge!
Sooooo, I have been trying to do this for awhile now. Over the years I have tried several times to inspire with daily writing prompts for people via Read Me My Writes Daily Prompts and other blogs, but always gave up. Which was kinda depressing, because I’m super fun and had some damn good ideas. But, for some reason I just couldn’t round up a wide enough audience. Then, in 2014 I was fortunate enough to stumble on Eilidh @ Thain in Vain and her wonderful Flash Fiction Challenge, in which I met some of the coolest peeps ever. It was like winning the lottery. Only without the money. Or, well, winning anything at all. But you get the drift – It was a circle of people who became a family in some small way. But, according to the wise words of, um, whoever said this said: “All good things must come to an end.” And so it did.
I recently re-stumbled – is it considered re-stumbling if you had it in your bookmarks? – on Thain in Vain and her 13-week Streak Challenge, but came into it after the fact, so didn’t participate at all. Sigh. It did, however, get me thinking. If I could get word out early enough and really plan my way through this, I could host the next year-long challenge. So, I did. And I am.
self others: Some people may not like me, because lets face it, I’m a bit sarcastic and rarely act my age. Plus, sometimes I rant and rave about stupid shite. Oh – and I’m profane. Sometimes I have no filter at all. But it’s who I am and quite frankly, who I will probably always be.
After all that, if you’re wanting and willing, grab a badge to add to your blog and get your pen, keyboard, voice recorder or other writer’s tool ready to go. I promise you, it will be a fun and exciting trip. I’m even planning on giving away some goodies if you behave.
WAIT, wait, that’s not all. We’re going to be spending a lot of time together, so I want us all to get to know each other. If you’re going to jump on the bandwagon, you need to swing on over to the participants entry page and answer a few questions. Then on to the challenge.
Okay, enough rambling already, lady…. What’s the challenge, you ask?
One flash fiction story under 1,000 words a week for 52 weeks. And, yes. That is an entire year.
1. Each Tuesday I will post a weekly prompt. A little something to get your juices flowing. So you will probably need to +FOLLOW the site.
2. You will then post your something in response to my something. (Trick is, you only have until midnight the following Monday to get it in on time).
3. You should ping it by posting a link to the corresponding weekly post, that way your response is directly connected to its host prompt. It’s not rocket science, I promise. BUT, for those of you – and I’m sure there are many – who don’t know how to pingback, post a link to your post in the comments section and I’ll figure out the rest.
4. Then, sit back and relax…. or read what others have to say. But your work is done until the following week. Unless I throw some random prompt up, whichever comes first.
Stories must be under 1,000 words and contain the classic story elements: protagonist, obstacles or complications, and resolution. In essence, a beginning, middle, and end.
Thems the rules. Follow them and no one gets hurt. Except maybe the people reading our sometimes awful attempts at writing. Just sayin’. I might be inspiring you, but I never promised to be nice about it.
To get us started a little early, look for your first writing prompt on Tuesday, December 19, 2017.
Week One is due January 1st.