UPDATED WITH WINNERS: LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: March 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 prompt. 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.
- 15 words. No more. No less.
- It can be any genre.
- Give it a title. Please keep it to 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 March 30th will be considered. We'll run the winner on March 31st.
This Month's Prize
We are giving away two books this month to two lucky winners! One will be an ARC of Sarah Gerard's Binary Star. This Two Dollar Radio title has been getting some great reviews, but here's a synopsis for ya!
The language of the stars is the language of the body. Like a star, the anorexic burns fuel that isn't replenished; she is held together by her own gravity.
With luminous, lyrical prose, Binary Star is an impassioned account of a young woman struggling with anorexia and her long-distance, alcoholic boyfriend. On a road trip circumnavigating the United States, they stumble into a book on veganarchism, and believe they've found a direction.Binary Star is an intense, fast-moving saga of two young lovers and the culture that keeps them sick (or at least inundated with quick-fix solutions); a society that sells diet pills, sleeping pills, magazines that profile celebrities who lose weight or too much weight or put on weight, and books that pimp diet secrets or recipes for success.
The other book is The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing by Nicholas Rombes—another awesome title from our friends at Two Dollar Radio.
In the mid-'90s a rare-film librarian at a state university in Pennsylvania mysteriously burned his entire stockpile of film canisters and disappeared. Roberto Acestes Laing was highly regarded by acclaimed directors around the globe for his keen eye, appreciation for eccentricity, and creativity in interpretation.
Unsure at first whether Laing is a pseudonym or some sort of Hollywood boogeyman, a journalist manages to track the forgotten man down to a motel on the fringe of the Wisconsin wilds. Laing agrees to speak with the journalist, but only through the lens of the cinema. What ensues is an atmospheric, cryptic extrapolation of movies and how they intertwine with life, and the forgotten films that curse the lost librarian still.
I give you this: Salvador Dali's 1941 fundraising dinner for artists displaced by World War II. Go!
1941 Newsreel. Surrealist artist Salvador Dali designs and hosts a party held in the Bali Room of the Hotel Del Monte, Monterey, California. The event was titled Night in a Surrealist Forest and it was a fund raiser to help European artists displaced by the war.
OK, so this month we didn't have a lot of takers for the Dali Dinner Party inspiration. We did, however, have a lot of quality entries.
Our two winners this month are...Luke Schamer
Art in Flames
"I immolated my last painting," said Gio.
"Why?" I asked.
"It was worth more dead."
...and Charles N
Man Ray Picked His Nose
A fly floated half-dead in his lettuce soup. Another Icarus. Duchamp: Who's ready for dessert?
As for who gets which book...whichever winner gets back to me first gets to pick their prize. Ready, set, GO!
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