I haven’t mentioned it in a few weeks, well, simply because I was afraid I was sounding repetitive, and this summer’s been crazy. But it’s fall now, and sometimes the best way to deal with the craziness outside is to make art.
Like with our weekly flash challenge.
It’s free and easy to sign up (and we only have you sign up at all to protect your rights to your story). Join us! The prompt is already up, so you’ve got extra time until midnight Saturday!
Several of us have started our own, self-hosted, flash fiction challenge over at a website we’re calling Obsidian Flash. It’s on a forum behind a password, so that anything you write and submit is considered unpublished. Registration is quick, free, and pretty painless.
Seriously, this thing is the perfect thing for you to do if you think writing is hard (or finding time for writing is hard), and especially if you haven’t been writing for a while. It’s also great if you have problems with getting past ideas that “you suck” (every first draft sucks, face it) or self-doubt.
Go sign up now at https://obsidianflash.com/forum and we’ll see you writing this weekend!
Note: If you do not want to do the “challenge” and competitive element, please feel free to SHARE your story and just mark it “Not for voting” at the top.
Here are the rules:
- All stories should be complete, written and posted within 24 hours of the prompt being posted, and can be anywhere from one sentence to 1,500 words in length. Typically the prompt is posted by 8pm EST on Friday, and stories are posted by midnight EST on Saturday.
- You may choose to write your story in any genre.
- Your story must be built around the restrictions—words, themes, photo prompts, word limits, etc.—provided by the Flashmaster at the beginning of the challenge.
- Once the participants’ work is posted, the voting and comment session begins and continues until all votes are in. Time limit for voting will be determined on the spot, depending on how many people finish the challenge. Typically this is within 24 hours of the end of the writing portion, or 8pm EST on Sunday.
- The winner becomes Flashmaster and chooses the prompt(s) for the next contest. Also, you get all the Internet Bragging Points you think you can get away with.
The prompt is the image below (it is an uncredited photograph from Grapevine Birmingham.)