Wednesday, August 11, 2010


I'm so thrilled by the early response to my Flash Fiction Challenge! I first teased you guys about the challenge when I posted my "Rocket In Real Life" flash fiction...and now for the full lowdown:


Okay, I'm not much of a rules kind of gal (as you'll be able to tell by the loosey-goosey requirements outlined below). But here they are:

1. Come up with a writing prompt. It can be anything. Totally random. (The prompt in no way has to relate or reflect back to the original "Rocket In Real Life" flash fiction post...unless, of course, you want it to.) The prompt can be a title. A first line / last line. A list of words I have to incorporate. A character name. A setting. A metaphor I have to use. Or anything else you come up with. And I welcome, welcome challenges. The tougher the better. Try to stump me!

(FYI: I called it a blogger-generated prompt on Monday, but if you're not blogging, don't sweat it. Anybody can play! Fellow writers, reviewers, readers, teachers, followers of this blog / non-followers of this restrictions. See? I'm sort of allergic to rules...)

2. Email your prompt to writehollyschindler (at) yahoo (dot) com.

3. I'll choose a prompt (hint: I'll choose the wackiest, toughest prompt that hits my inbox), and write a new piece of flash fiction (no longer than 500 words).

4. I'll post one new piece of flash fiction per month...the first will go live September 9. There's not really a hard-and-fast deadline, but I'd like to get all the prompts for the first flash fiction in by September 2 (this gives me a week to write the new piece).

5. I'll run the challenge again in October, November, and December.
(Each post will go live on the 9th.)

6. After the December challenge, I'll set up a poll, so that everyone can vote: Which prompt led to the best flash fiction? The winner will receive a special prize...just in time for the holidays!

Didja hear that? A special prize to the winner of the best writing prompt! Yes, oh, yes.

Okay, prompt away! Go for it! Send one, send ten. No limit! If you have any questions, feel free to email. Thanks in advance for playing...can't tell you how much I'm looking forward to September 9!


  1. Great idea Holly.I look forward to seeing the results.

  2. It will be interesting to see what comes up. I sometimes blindly pick words out of a dictionary (the old fashioned book kind) to jump start my brain, this way you've got other people's creativity for your jumper cables! Good luck!


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