Week 25 Flash Fiction Challenge: The Whale’s Tale

Photo by K.S. Brooks

Me? I enjoy being a whale. I know, some of the other cetaceans have a few issues. Every once in a while, some poor schlub decides to end it all and tosses himself up on a beach somewhere.

I’m more easy-going about it. To me, life is good. Water’s nice—all the krill you can eat. What’s to stress over?

I don’t usually do this tourist-boat schtick, but mating season started a little early for my friend Wally, and he asked me to cover for him.

It’s not exactly challenging. Man, these people are really easily impressed. I’m thinking maybe I’ll do something a little different than Wally’s usual routine. See that lady over there with the camera and the little white dog? Watch this…

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

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Week 24 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 5 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

Vote for your favorite entry in the week 24 flash fiction challenge:

  • Dick Waters (40%, 16 Votes)
  • Ed Drury (25%, 10 Votes)
  • Brian Beam (15%, 6 Votes)
  • Neil L. Yuzuk (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Mike Boggia (10%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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Week 24 Flash Fiction Challenge: Easy Money

Photo by K.S. Brooks

Wrangling cattle is a hard way to make a living. Asa Walker was hot and dirty and tired and thirsty. He was shocked at how much prices had gone up since his last trip to Dodge.

He counted out the few silver coins he’d been paid and figured if he bought a bed, bath and a hot meal, he wouldn’t have enough left for a few drinks, a little respectable gambling, nor any to entertain a young lady.

He reckoned at these here prices, a man would pretty near have to rob a bank to stand half a chance of a decent night’s entertainment. That was when the idea struck him…

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Week 23 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 10 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

Vote for your favorite entry in the week 23 flash fiction challenge:

  • 5. Ed Drury (30%, 13 Votes)
  • 6. Jacqueline Hopkins (16%, 7 Votes)
  • 7. T.D.McKinnon (14%, 6 Votes)
  • 4. Krista Tibbs (11%, 5 Votes)
  • 9. Cynthia (9%, 4 Votes)
  • 8. Dick Waters (7%, 3 Votes)
  • 1. Barry Parham (5%, 2 Votes)
  • 2. R E Sheahan (5%, 2 Votes)
  • 3. Brian Beam (2%, 1 Votes)
  • 10. A. L. Kaplan (2%, 1 Votes)

Total Voters: 44

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