Flash Your Fiction on May 16!

original image by Roke (Wikipedia contributor)

Do you love writing and reading fiction, but find yourself pressed for time? Or maybe you have a limited attention span? Perhaps you’re just fond of succinct form. You’re in luck, because May 16 is the first ever National Flash Fiction Day (United Kingdom)! But first, a list of some fiction story definitions in order of increasing word count (some definitions overlap):

Nanofiction

Drabble

Flash Fiction, Microfiction, Micro-Story, Postcard Fiction, Short Short, Short Short Story, Sudden Fiction

Sketch Story

Short Story

Novelette

Novella

Novel

Now that the idea of a flash fiction day has sunk in, you may be all riled up because you don’t live in the United Kingdom. That’s OK. I don’t either. National Flash Fiction Day is transmogrifying into INTERNATIONAL Flash Fiction Day!

Click on over to National (International) Flash Fiction Day and look around. Check out the competitions and compilations, and write some flash fiction.

Can’t be bothered with yet another fill-in-the-blank day? That’s OK too. Skip the hoopla and check out Flash Fiction Online.

Happy writing, and happy reading.

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Summer Road Trip!- a Flash Non-Fiction Contest from Christopher Gronlund

Remember those summer family road trips you took as a kid? (Or maybe you wish you could forget?) Either way, check out what author Christopher Gronlund has planned. Yep, you got that right, he’s offering you a chance to have your summer road trip tale published in the re-release of his (soon to be) cult classic Hell Comes with Wood Paneled Doors! So give it a shot- you might have your car-bound (mis)adventure story published in Gronlund’s book this summer. Plus one talented writer will win a Kindle!

In the odd circumstance you haven’t already read Gronlund’s road trip novel, and are unsure about potentially adding your name and talent to this project, here’s my unbiased, hard-hitting review of the tale. Now do you want to join the fun? Of course! So write to relive the good times, or write to purge the demons. But remember the twist: write your tale as non-fiction.

Keep it no more than 750 words.

Finish and send it to Gronlund at

hcwwpd@gmail.com

by May 31, 2012.

We Need Coffee Contest, Fall 2011

The Automat

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Play the above video to hear the contest question.

Find the answer *somewhere* in Whittington’s blog.

And please don’t ask him for the answer, I’ve already asked him to not give it away!

Good Luck!

Rules, details, and other fussy stuff:

1. Answer the relevant question in the video correctly in a comment to this post (below).

2. Participants may leave more than 1 comment, but the first comment-answer by a specific participant will be the only answer counted from said participant.

3. What constitutes a “correct answer” will be determined by me.

4. Winner will be randomly selected (using an online random number generator) from all correct entries.

5. Winner will be awarded a $10 gift certificate to Larry’s Beans.

6. Deadline is Friday, October 7, 2011.

7. In the event of “no correct answers,” this contest expires on Friday, October 7, 2011.

8. The certificate will be emailed to the winner’s email address within 1 week after said winner provides said email address to me.

9. Not responsible for lost or misdirected email.

10. I’m not affiliated with Larry’s Beans, I just think this is a cool-as-beans prize! Good luck!

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Haiku:

Sip of coffee heats

A leaf falls, covers my cup

Embittered tisane

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Tyburn:

Dunkin’ Donuts

Unseen

Caffeine

Obscene

Latrine

One must drink the unseen caffeine doom

And then use their obscene latrine room

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10-7 UPDATE: No certificate winner in this contest. Visit The Automat and search for “coffee” to see what you missed!

Check out the update on my last flash fiction challenge!

We Need Coffee Contest, Spring 2011

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UPDATE: April Fool’s Day, 2011

2 commentors gave the correct answers- Sonia, with “nothing,” and Saint-Clair, with “didn’t conclude anything.”

I also would’ve accepted “not a thing,” “no thing,” “nyet,” “non,” “no,” “nada,” “zip,” “zilch,” “null,” and “void.”

Well I had to fit the spirit of April Fool’s Day into the contest *somehow*, so I thumb my nose at the silly random number generator (like anything is random, come on) and declare the WINNERS are Sonia AND Saint-Clair!

Yep- my contest, my rules, and my rules to break.

So Sonia and Saint-Clair, click on “Who is CMStewart?” on the main page of this blog to get my email address, send your email address to me, and I’ll send a $10 gift certificate to Larry’s Beans to BOTH of you!

Thanks for participating, congratulations, and Happy April Fool’s Day!

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Play the above video to hear the contest question.

Find the answer *somewhere* in Manon Eileen’s blog.

And please don’t ask her for the answer, I’ve already asked her to not give it away!

Good Luck!

Rules, details, and other fussy stuff:

1. Answer the relevant question in the video correctly in a comment to this post (below).

2. Participants may leave more than 1 comment, but the first comment-answer by a specific participant will be the only answer counted from said participant.

3. What constitutes a “correct answer” will be determined by me.

4. Winner will be randomly selected (using an online random number generator) from all correct entries.

5. Winner will be awarded a $10 gift certificate to Larry’s Beans.

6. Deadline is April Fool’s Day, 2011 (no, this contest is not an April Fool’s Day joke).

7. In the event of “no correct answers,” this contest expires on April Fool’s Day, 2011 (no fooling).

8. The certificate will be emailed to the winner’s email address within 1 week after said winner provides said email address to me.

9. Not responsible for lost or misdirected email.

10. I’m not affiliated with Larry’s Beans, I just think this is a cool-as-beans prize! Good luck!

 

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Haiku:

Sip of coffee warms

In spring, rain refills my cup

Surface tension– spill

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Acrostic:

Caffeine clears cobwebs, dust of dreams

Opens eyes wide- electrifies

Fortifies with fortitude- forceful (not forgiving)

Flavors bitter black, full-bodied bouquet

Early– morning– coffee

Even in evening piquant piping liquid enlivens

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