Category Archives: Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction: short stories with a word count limit, short writing time, and required story elements.

A-Z exercise: Eat It!

This piece was the result of a challenge to write a short story of 26 sentences, starting with the letters of the alphabet, in order. It was fun. All the muffin needed to taste perfect was a swipe of butter. … Continue reading

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Uncle Bud and the UFO

This story won 2nd place in the April contest on LinkedIn (Aspiring Writers group). Genre was open, theme: April Fool, focus: Uncle Bud and a silver flashlight. My Uncle Bud worked for the government. At least that’s what he claimed. … Continue reading

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The Green Monster

This story won third place in the Aspiring Writers March flash fiction contest. The challenge was genre: mystery, theme: buying an old house in the country, focus: a worn hand-written letter found in a safe hidden behind a picture. The … Continue reading

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X-File #227: Last Words

This is the first place entry from the February Aspiring Writers Flash Fiction contest on LinkedIn. The challenge was genre: fantasy, theme: paranormal encounter at a ski resort, highlight: a cell phone. Length: 600-715 words. X-file #227: Last Words “Mulder, … Continue reading

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Initial Success

This entry won third place in the Aspiring Writers contest for the first half of January 2012. The genre was fiction: suspense, theme: first day on the job, highlight: an email you received in error. Length: 600-715 words. Natalie was … Continue reading

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The Best Present Ever

This memoir took second place in the Aspiring Writiers December Competition. Once upon a time, toys were few, and mostly handmade. Imagination was what made them fun. In “Little House in the Big Woods”, set in the 1800s, Laura Ingalls … Continue reading

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Curiosity Kills

This is the winning entry from the November Aspiring Writers Competition. The constraints were, genre:Murder Mystery, theme: Thanksgiving, focus: Body in a Closet, limit: 715 words. The year’s winners will be published in an anthology by Lebrary. When I found out … Continue reading

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Colin’s Crossing

This piece won 2nd place in the September Flash Fiction contest in LinkedIn’s Aspiring Writers group, with the paramenters: Historical Fiction, theme: Coming to America, Focus: Uncle Ed’s Store, word limit: 715. Colin huddled into the smallest ball possible and snuffled … Continue reading

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Father’s Day at the Beach

Flash fiction challenge–genre: humor, theme: Father’s Day at the Beach, Focus: a purple turtle, limit: 715 words (won first place) My folks always seemed very conservative to me, so it was a shock when I hit thirty and they declared … Continue reading

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Games

This piece was written for a short story contest with the following constraints: max 715 words, genre – Suspense, theme - Family Reunion,  focus – a red scarf. It won first place. Cousin Katy was different from the rest of our … Continue reading

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