Flash Fiction Challenge 2020: December

Well, the time has come at last for the final  2020 Flash Fiction Challenge. I really enjoyed being the curator during this really heckin’ heck of a year. Thanks a billion to all who participated.

Exciting news! Author Jeffrey Ricker will be the curator for 2021. I know he’ll do a great job. Please follow him on his website and on Twitter. (And look up his latest work, The Final Decree!)

Here’s the video of me choosing the cards for December’s challenge!

Closed captions are up. A transcript is also available after the author bio of this blog post.

You have until Monday December 14 ( 2-3 p.m. EST) to submit your stories. Please add a link to your stories in the comments section of this post. And if you’re done sooner, you can comment sooner!

I’ll write a summary post later on to highlight the stories that have come in.

Good luck!


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Cait Gordon is a disability advocate who wants everyone to be wise and think of others as we battle COVID-19!

She’s also the author of Life in the ’Cosm and The Stealth Lovers. When Cait’s not writing, she’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 (a 2020 Prix Aurora Award finalist for Best Related Work) in an attempt to take over the world.


Video Transcription:

It’s time for December’s Flash Fiction Draw, hosted by author Cait Gordon.

Hi I’m Cait Gordon, and oh my stars, is the very last flash fiction challenge draw for 2020. Can’t believe it we’ve made all the way to December.

I thought that, um, today I would talk a little bit about what this flash fiction is and what we’ve done this year. So, the flash fiction challenge draw was a non-competitive, just-for-fun writing prompt series started by Canadian author ’Nathan Burgoine in 2018, and it was a blast. So in 2020—

I can’t even remember— I must have asked him if I could curate for this year. So I did, and in 2021, it’s going to be curated by author, Jeff Ricker, and that’s going to be so fun. He’s a great guy. I can’t wait to see this happen.

And in my blog post where you find this video, I’ll let you know where you can find Jeffrey Ricker.

Also he just came out with a new novella! I bought it.

Okay, so for 2020, what did we do? Well, I probably should add that the way this flash fiction challenge draw works is you draw a— you choose the genre, the setting and an object that must appear in a story by drawing different suits of cards. So, this is what the draw looked like for 2020. In January, we had sci fi that had to take place in a castle, and there had to be a tea and coffee press in the story. In February, we had a gothic romance that took place in a mausoleum, which is probably my best card draw history in life. And we had to have goggles and that story. In March, we had mystery that took place in an open field, and there had to be a beard trimmer in the story.

Yeah, my luck at cards is coming out now. In April, we had a steampunk that had to take place in a car dealership. Nope, sorry, steampunk they had to take place in an apothecary. Yeah. That was a good one, and there had to be a spider in the story. In May we had action adventure that took place at a fandom gathering and there had to be a silk garment in that story. In June, what do we have in June? Historical fiction that took place on Parliament Hill or the White House, depending where you live.

And there had to be an empty pill bottle that story. In August, we had horror that took place in a bakery, where all horrors typically take place, and there had to be a spoon and that story. In September we had young adult that had to take place in a warehouse, and there had to be a lone shoe or a boot that story. In October, we had a Western that took place in a museum. And there had to be a cracked pot in that story. And finally, in November, we had a… sorry. Yeah, in November we had an urban fantasy that took place at a hospital elevator, and there had to be a gun in the story.

Okay, so now for the final flash fiction draw of 2020. I am going— from my two little remaining spades— going to choose the genre for December 2020. Okay, what do we got?

What is that? That’s a queen… dystopian. Dystopian… we waited all the way to December of 2020 to choose dystopian. So, ain’t that grand? Okay from that I have my hearts, I go to hearts. I’m going to choose the setting that the story must take place in, and we go with seven, which is what? What is seven?

The Eiffel Tower.

You’re gonna miss me you know that, eh? You’re going to totally miss me when this is over.

All right, and an object that must take place in this dark dystopian Eiffel Tower story…

Holy stars.

That’s a two, what is two— a cane. Oh, well, I’m disabled, so I relate to that. Alright so, with my unspeakably lucky talent at choosing cards:

Flash fiction for December 2020 is a dystopian that takes place at the Eiffel Tower, and there has to be a cane in that story.

Maximum 1000 words and your stories are due, a week from today, And I never remember how to add— that’s something else that you’ll probably enjoy with Jeff better. I’m sure he knows how to add. So, Monday, December 14, is when your stories are due, and you just post your stories as links in the [comments section of the] WordPress post that this video appears.

And thank you so much for playing. It’s been an honour to be your curator, and I’m looking forward to your stories. Thank you to all my faithful band of writers who played long for this year— your stories kept me company in this very trying time. And I will see you in 2021 as a participant. Yay for Jeff— WHOO! And thank you to ’Nathan Burgoine for coming up with this really super fun way to write every month. Cheers.

[Transcribed by https://otter.ai and modified by Cait Gordon.]

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