UPDATED WITH WINNER - LitReactor's Flash Fiction Smackdown: May 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.
- 15 words. You can write less, but not more.
- It can be any genre.
- Give it a title. Please keep it to 10 words or less.
- 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 May 29 will be considered. We'll run the winner on May 30.
This Month's Prize
This month's winner will get an ARC of Not For Nothing, (one of) the latest from LitReactor Alum Stephen Graham Jones. Here's a teaser:
A novel written in second person. The town is Stanton, Texas, population three thousand; the private investigator is disgraced Midland homicide detective Nicholas Bruiseman, who's so down on his luck that he's forced to take a job as a live-in security guard for the town's lone storage facility. This is his new life—starting over with nothing in the town he grew up in.
Photo by John Ryan
Now get writing!
And the Winner is ...Thuggish
This goofy entry stood out among the wistful and somewhat creepy entries that predominated this month's contest. This entry was funny, but also instantly imaginable to me. I can totally see this as an album cover with Mr. Mathers in the foreground in a hoodie looking pouty/hard.
Marshal Mathers LP 3
When Eminem relapses again, he thinks this was his house growing up.
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