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 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.
- 42 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 May 28th will be considered. We'll run the winner on May 29th.
This Month's Prize
This month's winner will receive an eBook copy of Richard Thomas' latest Disintegration: A Windy City Dark Mystery.
In a brilliantly stylish breakthrough thriller for fans of Bret Easton Ellis’s American Psycho and Will Christopher Baer’s Kiss Me, Judas, here is the compelling tale of a man who has lost it all—and is now navigating a crooked, harrowing path to redemption.
Once a suburban husband and father, now the man has lost all sense of time. He retains only a few keepsakes of his former life: a handmade dining room table, an armoire and dresser from the bedroom, and a tape of the last message his wife ever left on their answering machine. These are memories of a man who no longer exists. Booze and an affair with a beautiful woman provide little relief, with the only meaning left in his life comes from his assignments. An envelope slipped under the door of his apartment with the name and address of an unpunished evildoer. The unspoken directive to kill. And every time he does, he marks the occasion with a memento: a tattoo. He has a lot of tattoos.
But into this unchanging existence seep unsettling questions. How much of what he feels and sees can he trust? How much is a lie designed to control him? He will risk his own life—and the lives of everyone around him—to find out.
This month, let's celebrate Towel Day! Towel Day is celebrated on May 25th, and it comes from my dad's favorite book--The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. The holiday has become a celebration of the life and work of Mr. Adams, and revelers carry a towel around on May 25th. So let's write towel and/or Douglas Adams-themed flash fiction this month. And, DON'T PANIC, I am giving you 42 words this time.
And the Winner is ...Todd Morr
A plethora of awesome entries, I just loved the punchline on this one. Maybe I just love the concept of towels always getting ruined—since that is my life. Congrat, Todd!
The Good Towels
"Dude, what happened to the good towels, this looks like blood."
Dave did not answer.
"Marge will be pissed if she sees what you did to her towels."
Dave did not reply.
"Where is Marge?"
"You're home early," Dave said.
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