UPDATED WITH WINNER - LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: February Edition
Flash fiction: A style of fictional literature marked by extreme brevity.
Welcome to LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown, a monthly bout of writing prowess.
How It Works
We give you inspiration in the form of a picture, poem, video, or similar. You write a flash fiction piece using the inspiration we gave you. Put your entry in the comments section. One winner will be picked and awarded a prize. This month the deadline is a bit earlier. Since I will be joining Dennis, Rob, Patrick, Kirk, Bree, Suzy, and a whole bunch of other LitReactees (maybe even CHUCK) at AWP 2014 in Seattle, we plan to end the contest a few days early. You get 25 words, but there are no limits on structure or number of sentences. Get 'er done by the 25th, and we'll run it the next day.
- 25 words is the limit. (You can write less, but you can't write more.)
- It can be any genre.
- Give it a title (not included in the word count, but keep it under 10 words).
- We're not exactly shy, but let's stay away from senseless racism or violence.
- One entry per person.
- Editing your entry after you submit it is permitted.
- LitReactor staffers can't win, but are encouraged to participate.
- All stories submitted on or before February 25 will be considered. We'll run the winner on February 26.
This Month's Prize
Two titles from Two Dollar Radio:
1) Baby Geisha
Baby Geisha is a collection of thirteen sexually-charged stories that roam from the Coney Island Ferris wheel to the Greek Isles.
You can read "Perverted Hobo"—one of the stories in this excellent collection—by clicking here.
2) Mira Corpora
It’s fine work in its manic pacing and its summoning of certain cultural emblems. Present tense with a vengeance. I hope the book finds the serious readers who are out there waiting for this kind of fiction to hit them in the face.
Style is pre-eminent in Jeff Jackson's eerie and enigmatic debut. The prose works like the expressionless masks worn by killers in horror films.
-Sam Sacks, The Wall Street Journal
Well, I just saw Seattle win the Super Bowl, and LitReactor will be taking over that rainy city later this month, so let's be inspired by rain, coffee, flannel, indie music, flying fish, retro-futuristic architecture, Sasquatch, volcanoes, computer software, Sherman Alexie, Rainn Wilson, legal pot, and anything else that you associate with the Emerald City.
Now get writing!
And the Winner Is... Jake Peterson
Well, I didn't intentionally pick a winner that actually LIVES in Seattle, but there you have it...I liked the simplicity of Jake's entry, the inclusion of "seattle-esque" elements, and the punchline ending to the story we all know well. Nicely executed. Well, Jake, congratulations, and maybe we will see you at AWP or the Party on Thursday night.
Eddie pulled out a mangled joint and fired it up as he sat huddled beneath the Space Needle. "I should start a band," he thought.
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