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What is Flash Challenge? A challenge to write, to produce. Maybe you have the writing chops but can't seem to get motivated to write, like Jim W., of Illinois. Maybe you've never written before but want to give it a try, like Hannah C., of central Texas. Maybe you just make up funny names, like Wendell K., of Wales. What do you do with a gift like that? You write flash fiction! Yeah! Okay! Why not!


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Come join the parade. Participate in our regular weekly Flash Challenge where you will be competing for glory, worldwide fame, the satisfaction of a job well done, and the coveted jester cap doubloon. Log in any time between now and Tuesday night to get this week’s prompt. Don’t check the prompt, though, until you’re ready to write uninterruptedly for 90 minutes. The timer starts as soon as you hit the link. If you haven’t registered yet, you still have time to do so and compete in this week’s contest. It’s off the tip, yo.

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By Richard | October 1, 2008

Dear SMYL,

I want to write a novel but I have absolutely no discipline or motivation.  None, whatsoever…

See just there?  I almost stopped writing this letter.  That’s how bad it is.  I should go back to bed.  What can I do?

Indifferently,

Lazy in N.Dak.

Dear Lazy,

Participate in our 100 Word-a-Day Novel Writing Challenge!

- SMYL

Dear SMYL,

I am constantly revising-

I am continually revising-

I can’t make it past my first line!  Help!

Sincerely,

Insecure in Oklahoma

Dear Insecure,

Participate in our 100 Word-a-Day Novel Writing Challenge!

- SMYL


Flash Challenge #317: August 17, 2014

“It’s a fixer-upper of a planet but we could make it work.”

“It means nothing to me. I have no opinion about it, and I don’t care.”

“There is perhaps no better a demonstration of the folly of human conceits than this distant image of our tiny world.”

”I didn’t feel like a giant. I felt very, very small.”

“I feel fine. How about you?”

”The scenery was very beautiful. But I did not see The Great Wall.”

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Best of the Best:

An Evening Walk by gilest

Best Flash:

An Evening Walk by gilest

Best Narrative Voice:

Jane Out of Kilter by Leah Welborn
An Evening Walk by gilest
Almonds for the Poor by Steve Ramey

Best Characterization:

Jane Out of Kilter by Leah Welborn

Best Setting Development:

An Evening Walk by gilest

Best Dialogue:

Almonds for the Poor by Steve Ramey

Best Use of Topic:

Jane Out of Kilter by Leah Welborn

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