Hi, alphabet arrangers!
In 2018, author ’Nathan Burgoine invited us to write 1000-word flash fiction every month of that year. It was super fun, too. Also, there was no pressure to do it each month, but if you could, it stretched the brain!
He had a really unique way of presenting the challenge, too—by drawing cards. Three suits, with each suit representing a category: genre, setting, and an object that must be included in the story. It was so random that even he was challenged by it, so it’s a fair game with no advantages!
I’d like to run the writing challenge for 2020 and invite you to spin some tales with me!
How it works:
The plan is to have one challenge each month, for a total of 12 flash fiction stories that year.
- I will draw the cards the first Monday of every month and film myself while doing it. The card draw will select the genre, setting, and an object. Your challenge is to make sure your story reflects the cards selected.
- Your flash fiction cannot be more than 1000 words. That’s a hard rule and whew, it was a hard one for me. I often found myself going over the word count and having to edit and edit. The plus side is that it taught me how to write crisp sentences!
- The stories are due the following Monday. So, the Monday after I post the call, your stories should be written. You can reply to the call for submission post to let me know about your flash fiction!
- I will make a summary post, linking all the stories, so readers can have fun with what we’ve created.
And I swear, it’s no pressure at all. Write one month, skip the next, whatever your energy allows. I wrote ten stories when I did ’Nathan’s challenge. This time, however, I’m the hostess, so I’ll have to write all twelve! Just call me Flash (Fiction) Gordon.
I’ll be posting the first challenge on January 6, 2020! Hope you join me!
Cait Gordon is a disability advocate and the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. When she’s not writing, Cait’s editing manuscripts and running The Spoonie Authors Network, a blog whose contributors manage disabilities and/or chronic conditions. She also teamed up with Kohenet Talia C. Johnson to co-edit the Nothing Without Us anthology in an attempt to take over the world. Narf.