Week 20 Flash Fiction Challenge: First Impressions

Photo by K.S. Brooks

Ski weekend. Sounded like a lot of fun, right? You told them you’d never been on skis in your life.

“It’s easy,” they told you. Easy.

So, you broke your leg. On the beginner’s slope. Your friends told you no one had ever broken a leg on the beginner’s slope before.  That does not make you feel better.

Now the Ski Patrol dude is dragging your sorry butt back down to the lodge on this sled doohickey.

Suddenly, he turns back to look at you, and says. . .

In 250 words or less, tell me a story incorporating the elements in the picture. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.

Please keep language and subject matter to a PG-13 level. Continue reading “Week 20 Flash Fiction Challenge: First Impressions”

Week 19 Flash Fiction Challenge Poll

The time has arrived for IU readers to begin voting in this week’s Flash Fiction Competition. On behalf of the IU staff, I want to thank all the entrants for doing such a great job with the writing prompt and the merciless constraints of the exercise.

This week, there are 8 entries from which to choose. You may review the entries here. Please spread the word and encourage your friends to vote by using the share buttons at the bottom of the post!

The poll will be open until 5:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time) Thursday

Select your favorite entry for the week 19 Flash Fiction Challenge: Fate 101

  • Ed Drury (67%, 12 Votes)
  • Rich Meyer (11%, 2 Votes)
  • S Jerrems (6%, 1 Votes)
  • Paula Friedman (6%, 1 Votes)
  • Elisavietta Ritchie (6%, 1 Votes)
  • A. L. Kaplan (6%, 1 Votes)
  • Gale Leach (0%, 0 Votes)
  • Brian Beam (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 18

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Week 19 Flash Fiction Challenge: Fate 101

Photo by K. S. Brooks

The guy on the bike did not notice the girl with the backpack, nor did she see him. It’s not the first time. He didn’t see her at the movies. She didn’t see him in line at the bank. He didn’t see her going down the escalator at the mall as he went up.

In truth, they have crossed paths with each other a hundred times. Today is the hundredth time. The next time they meet, they will remember it always.

The next time they meet something big will happen that changes both their lives forever. The next time will be the 101st time they have met, but the first time either will know it, and the first they will remember.

In 250 words or less, tell me a story incorporating the elements in the picture. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.

Please keep language and subject matter to a PG-13 level.

Use the comment section below to submit your entry. Entries will be accepted until 5:00 PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, May 1st, 2012.

On Wednesday morning, we will open voting to the public with an online poll for the best writing entry accompanying the photo. Voting will be open until 5:00 PM Thursday.

On Friday morning, the winner will be recognized as we post the winning entry along with the picture as a feature. Best of luck to you all in your writing!

Entries only in the comment section. Other comments will be deleted.

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Photograph by K.S. Brooks, used here with the photographer’s permission. Copying or reproduction of any kind without express consent is prohibited. All rights reserved.

For a more detailed explanation of the contest & its workings, please see the post called “Writing Exercises Return with a Twist” from 12/24/11.

By participating in this exercise the contestants agree to the rules of the contest and waive any and all further considerations or permissions otherwise required for any winning entries to be published by Indies Unlimited as an e-book, showcasing all the photos and with the winning expositions credited appropriately and accordingly.

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Week 18 Flash Fiction Challenge Poll

The time has arrived for IU readers to begin voting in this week’s Flash Fiction Competition. On behalf of the IU staff, I want to thank all the entrants for doing such a great job with the writing prompt and the merciless constraints of the exercise.

This week, there are 4 entries from which to choose. You may review the entries here. Please spread the word and encourage your friends to vote by using the share buttons at the bottom of the post!

The poll will be open until 5:00 PM (Pacific Daylight Time) Thursday

Select your favorite entry for the week 18 Flash Fiction Challenge: Gold Fever

  • Rich Meyer (42%, 13 Votes)
  • Ed Drury (32%, 10 Votes)
  • A. L. Kaplan (16%, 5 Votes)
  • Elisavietta Ritchie (10%, 3 Votes)

Total Voters: 31

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