White brick wall. Text reads: It's time for April's Flash Fiction Draw

Flash Fiction Challenge 2020: April

It might seem odd that I am continuing this fun and non-competitive flash fiction game during a global pandemic, but I strongly feel that taking time out to be creative is really good for my mental health. But if you're not up to it this month, that's absolutely okay, too. I just wanted to do …

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ID: Three cards. Ace of spades (mystery), 5 of hearts (open field), and 4 fo diamonds (beard trimmer).

Flash Fiction Challenge: March Results

And the results are in! Honestly, I'm impressed that anyone wrote anything for March. Hooboy, my selections were a doozy. And this is why I cannot play cards for money—if I didn't have bad luck, I'd have no luck at all! Last week, I drew these winners: ace of spades, 5 of hearts, and the …

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A sunset on an open field, all dark browns, ambers, and ochres. Text reads: The Trim Reaper, A Mystery Flash Fiction, Cait Gordon

The Trim Reaper

Author’s note: This is my flash fiction for March's entry of the 2020 Flash Fiction Challenge. Each month of 2020, on the first Monday, I’ll draw cards to determine the genre, setting, and an object that has to appear in the short story. Participants will have until the following Monday to link their stories to the blog …

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2020 Flash Fiction Challenge: February Results

The results are in, and the authors didn't disappoint! Last week, I drew these cards: 6 of spades, King of hearts, and the 7 of diamonds. That meant the genre was gothic romance, the setting was a mausoleum, and the object that must appear in the story was goggles. Honestly, I couldn't believe I picked …

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Mock book cover: An old grey stone mausoleum with green leaf growth. Text reads: Cait Gordon, A Quest in the Dark, a gothic romance flash fiction.

A Quest in the Dark

Author’s note: This is my flash fiction for February’s entry of the 2020 Flash Fiction Challenge. Each month of 2020, on the first Monday, I’ll draw cards to determine the genre, setting, and an object that has to appear in the short story. Participants will have until the following Monday to link their stories to …

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Flash Fiction Challenge 2020: January

Woohoo! We're starting the only-for-fun and noncompetitive monthly flash fiction challenge for 2020. I'm so stoked! Here's the video of me choosing the cards. I totally did this live without editing anything, so I was just as surprised as you are with the selections. Closed captions are available for this video: https://youtu.be/pV-SdseUM5Q (It's time for …

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Three cards: 4 of spades, 6 of diamonds, and 5 of hearts

Flash Fiction Challenge 2020: Wanna write with me?

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 …

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