UPDATED WITH WINNER - LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: January 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, you get only 14 words, but there are no limits on structure or number of sentences.
- 14 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.
- We'll pick a winner on the last day of the month.
- LitReactor staffers can't win, but are encouraged to participate.
- All stories submitted on or before January 30 will be considered. We'll run the winner on January 31.
This Month's Prize
Ever wonder what else Ellen Ripley was up in 1979? Find out with Titan Books' newest addition to the canon:
Alien - Out of the Shadows (Book 1) by Tim Lebanon
In space no one can hear you scream...
The massively acclaimed Alien franchise is one of the most successful of all time, beginning with the first film in 1979. In a dramatic twist, this novel will return us to that time, to Ellen Ripley, and to never-before-revealed secrets of the Weyland-Yutani Corporations ... secrets that lead into the events of the second film, Aliens... and beyond!
It's a new day, it's a new year, it's a new set of rules! In honor of surviving 14 years past the Y2K Apocalypse-That-Wasn't, you get 14 words to write a flash fiction story on the topic of "newness".
Now get writing!
And the Winner is...OtCole!
Maybe it is because I can relate to this story--the futility of trying to take yourself seriously--but either way, it made me laugh. I also love that the two ellipses serve as words, making the final count exactly 14 words. Well done, OtCole!
Fantastical Tales of a Rookie
“Mistah Poleece man.”
“Remain silent, citizen.”
“your fly is down.”
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