If you wanna get right to the challenge skip down to where it says “FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!”
It is Christmas time! And as most of you know, there are a lot of Christmas specials on TV.
And most of them suck.
Honestly, A Mom For Christmas? Look, I liked Olivia Newton John as much as anybody back in the day, but who needs to see that?
But throw in a few desperate B-list stars and some drunk, unemployed writers and BINGO, another “new” cookie cutter holiday story. Even if they’ve redone it a dozen times over the years.
This is YOUR chance to change all that!
It occurred to me that a bored person with a computer could probably do better than these TV executives! And, hey, WE have computers! And alcohol! Plus, doing this challenge is better for YOU than shopping/decorating the tree/spending time with the in-laws.
FLASH FICTION CHALLENGE!
Did you see that coming? So here’s the deal. First of all you go to this website
And get six titles. Pick ONE to build your Christmas Themed Flash Fiction story around.
The definition of flash fiction is: whatever you want it to be. So sayeth Wiki:
“Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature or fiction of extreme brevity. There is no widely accepted definition of the length of the category.”
Basically I’m looking for something around 1000 words. It can be less, it could be more. If you’re closing in on 3000 words and you haven’t really nailed it yet, think about some editing. Funny, romantic, erotic, mystery, drama, that’s your call. (Keep it PG if you post it below; if you go R or harder, just the link will do.)
- You write 1000 words more or less on the now-Christmassy topic
- Post it on your blog
- Reference us on your blog and this challenge so your regular readers don’t think you’ve gone batty.
- Post your link to your story here in the comments section.
- You have until Friday 12 noon EST, on 12/18/2015, that’s Tampa Florida US of A time, for those of you who live elsewhere.
Here’s a bonus for reading to the bottom. IF you participate in THIS challenge, you will get a few days’ advantage for the NEXT writing challenge! Yeah, that’s it. I can be Grinchy sometimes. Ask around.
READ the entries by everybody and let me know which ones you like. That could influence the judging. Just sayin’. We’re not giving prizes. The display of your amazing talent is its own reward.
GET AFTER IT!
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Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious upcoming novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.” Click HERE to check out his other works.