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Friday Flash Fiction Train – Passion

All aboard the Friday Flash Fiction Train! Each week, a new prompt will take us to parts unknown – sit back, check out the prompt, and enjoy the ride.

But first, some rules.

  1. Every other week, a random??prompt will be posted on Friday. Participants have until the Wednesday before the next prompt at 12:00 PM EST??to write and submit a response in the comment section. Your story??must be posted in the comments to count.
  2. The catch – after the first week with a winner, the responses to the prompts must build off the previous winning entry, continuing its story.??To avoid never-ending stories, the contest will reset every 5 winners. We’re aiming to tell a story in 5-episode bursts.
  3. Voting will be open to decide a winner from Wednesday??at 12PM EST to Thursday??at 10PM EST. Voting will be on site and also in our Facebook group, OWS Word Mafia.
  4. The winning piece will be featured in the next??prompt, with links to the winner’s social media.
  5. Word limit:??400.
  6. All responses are property of the authors.
  7. Completed stories might also be compiled into ebooks in the future!

To the prompt!

“The very basic core of a man’s living spirit is his passion for adventure.” – Christopher McCandless

Remember – participants should include??name/pen name and any links they’d like to share for promotional purposes (Twitter, FB Page, Goodreads, Website, etc).

Not sure you want to play? Check out the contest’s previous incarnation for an idea of how it works.

What’s cooking

Welcome to the Darkroom where we open our photo album to you to help spark your creativity. Each week we offer a new photo, but the story is yours to write.

The Rules, because there are always rules:

  1. The photo is here to spark your imagination. Use it as the landscape for your story, to remind you of a moment in your past, or the punch line to a joke. Use the photo as inspiration in any way you want.
  2. Your submission can be fiction or nonfiction, memoir, poetry, dark or humor – your pick.
  3. Please no adult content, no racial or political posts. Also, where applicable, please include a trigger warning introduction.
  4. Keep your word count to 1000 or less. (Don???t worry if you go over, we won???t count.)
  5. Link to your submission???s post URL in comments. If you don???t have a blog, you can add your entry to the comments below.
  6. Link to this page???s URL in your post.
  7. Limit one entry per person.
  8. Submission deadline is Wednesday, midnight CST (Thursday, 5 a.m. GMT)

This week???s prompt:

If 1,000 words seems daunting, and you want to try your hand at something more compact, check out the 100 Word Challenge at “Thin spiral notebook.” Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, midnight CST.

Still here

Welcome to Two for Tuesday, where you??are??offered two similar, yet distinct, words to spark your imagination. One prompt will be an ordinary, oft used word. The other prompt??will be a little more expressive, maybe even unfamiliar.

Each word will include a definition to help get you started.

???The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.??? ~ Thomas Jefferson

What to do:

  1. Write in any genre – fiction, memoir, poetry, horror, mystery, fantasy, romance, YA – you get the idea.
  2. You must use one or both prompts in your story – any form, any tense, as long as it is grammatically correct. (For instance, if you’re given a noun, and can use it as an adjective by adding “ing,” or change it to an adverb with “ly,” ??that is allowed.)
  3. Share the URL to your story in the comments OR, if you don???t have your own blog, share??your story in the comments.
  4. Please keep your stories PG-13 or under, and be sparing with the swearing. This is a family-friendly kind of place. Please include trigger warnings where needed.

This week???s words are:

Extant and/or Surviving

[adv] still in existence; continue to live or exist.

The deadline to submit a story is midnight Monday, CST (5 a.m. Sunday, GMT)

Master Class Monday

Welcome to the new and improved Master Class! Instead of offering you 3 choices, I???ve switched it up a bit. Originally, the Master Class was developed by using a quote or line from an already published book and incorporating it into your story.

Now, instead of word phrases, we???re going back to the original concept… except the book quote is to inspire you and the genre selection and word count is to challenge you. You can post your story in the comments here or link to the story on your own blog. We will do our best to visit each link and promote your story via social media.

The rules remain the same:

  1. If you share a url, make sure it is the url to the story, not your blog.
  2. Add trigger warnings when necessary. No explicit content allowed.
  3. Please visit at least one other link in the comments and offer feedback on their story.
  4. Have fun.
  5. Write until the story is finished.

And now, your prompt for this week is:

Genre challenge: Fantasy?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ?? ??Word Count Challenge: 1200 words

Deadline: Saturday, October 7, 2017

Can you move to the head of the class?

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