June 16, 2010 by Renee
I’ve been caught up in the exciting world of ten minute flashes, drabbling, and six sentence stories. I’m not sure if it’s the challenge this presents to my wordy self, or that creatively it’s fun and inspiring, but I love writing ultra short shorts.
“Wait just a darn minute,” you say. “Six sentence stories? Are you mental?” No, I’m not. Not at all. Well…perhaps a little, but about the sentences I’m serious. Six sentences. (wow, that’s a lot of s’s) No run-ons, avoid semicolons and their brother the colon, and tell a story in just six sentences. Brilliant idea. My very first one I submitted to a contest. I figured, meh why not?
Now, I have a challenge for all of you. I’m going to propose a little contest. Until July 7th, I want you to post a story in the comment section of The Edge. I don’t care what it’s about, swears are fine (F-bombs don’t scare me but the C-bullet will bring my heavy hand down on the delete button), all I ask is that it fits one of the guidelines I post below. At the end of June I’ll post each story and from July 7th to July 20th, you lovely people and whoever else wanders over to The Edge with us, will vote. The winner will receive a $25 Amazon gift card from me. (Wendy did this kind of prize first and I love it) During the posting phase you will be allowed to edit your submissions if you choose to. Just let me know that the previous one is withdrawn. You can submit as many stories as you like. Coolio?
Your story must fit one of these frameworks:
1. Ten minute flash fiction: Take ten minutes and only ten minutes to write a story. The average writer will get under 500 words in ten minutes, so that’s going to be the limit for this. Under 500 words. You may edit when you’re done. I don’t want any adverbs, run-on sentences or shitty dialogue ruining my appetite. You will have a prompt for this, makes things easier. The prompt: Use the words ‘kerfluffle’ and ‘pickle’. That’s it.
For those of you who need it plain and simple:
-Write a flash of under 500 words in ten minutes.
-Must use the words kerfluffle and pickle somewhere in the story.
-use as much time as you need to edit.
2. Drabble: Write a story using exactly 100 words (NOT counting the title). Any subject, any genre but it must be a full story with beginning, middle (as in conflict), and end (as in resolution). Anything not a full story will not be posted in the final post to be voted on.
3. Six sentences: Write a story using only six sentences. No word limit, but please remember a comma between two sentences does not make it one sentence. If the punctuation isn’t correct, it will be disqualified. Try as best you can not to use semicolons. I will allow ONE semicolon. It’s tough. I know. Like the drabble, this must be a story. Not a scene or a vignette. A full story as described above in Drabbles.
And you don’t have to be a ‘writer’ to submit to this contest. I want everyone to dig deep into their creative selves and send something in. You never know, you might just find a new passion.
So, get writing. I look forward to seeing what you come up with. Don’t forget, an Amazon gift card goes to the winner.
First Prize: Best Story $25 Amazon Gift Card And your story featured on my blog
Second Prize: Funniest Story Book of your choice And your story featured on my blog
Third Prize: Random pick Mystery Prize