Are you a Christian writer? Think you can write a mind-blowing short story in 360 words or less? Let’s see what you’ve got!
Here’s How it Works
New posts will publish here on Thursdays. Write a 360-word (or less) flash fiction story based on the photo prompt (featured near the bottom of this post) and enter it in the comments section below. The results will be posted the following Thursday along with the new prompt. Winner will get the opportunity to display the Champion’s Badge on their website.
Rules and What-not
The rules are pretty simple. All entries for the current challenge must be posted by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday, February 9th. They must be original, unpublished stories inspired by the photo prompt and they must have no more than 360 words (title doesn’t count). Stories don’t have to be Christian in subject matter, but cannot contain foul language, erotic, anti-Christian content, etc… (Let’s try to keep it G-rated, folks.) By posting, you attest that your entry conforms to these rules; I am in no way liable if it doesn’t. I reserve the right to reject/delete anything that does not follow the rules.
All entries remain the property of their authors.
Results for Last Week’s Challenge
Retribution by Anna Johnson: Good, concise description opens up the story. The protagonist is Mark Gatley, “a white crime operative thrust into a blue crime world”. Gatley brings us into his moment of retribution against a man known only as Feliz. The intrigue ramps up the interest factor and, in one enigmatic sentence, we get a glimpse into Gatley’s motive for vengeance. (By the way, that’s a pro move right there. Sometimes all you need to do to escalate the interest in your story, is refuse to drop all the back story and explanations on your reader at once. Give them tidbits to string them along and make them keep reading to satisfy their curiosity. Or in this case, use their imagination.) Good job at creating an intriguing story, Anna, although it does end on a rather dark note.
Where are you God? by Vicki Haase Marney: A tender story of a son’s struggle to deal with his mother’s illness and the doubts that threaten his faith. This story is so honest and especially relevant in today’s culture. Everyone needs a good dose of hope once in a while. Thanks for sharing this with us, Vicki.
No Worries…? by Jeremy Bullard: A father copes with anxiety as he’s faced with letting go of his daughter. Great phrasing in the line, “she’s gonna fold like a bad hand of poker.” A good tip for writers, whenever possible, don’t use clichés (or at least overused clichés). Come up with a new and different way of saying it. It can really breathe life into a story. Another well-written entry, Jeremy…even if it was posted late. 🙂
Good job everybody. I look forward to seeing what you have to offer in upcoming challenges!
Now for the results…
Champion: Anna Johnson
Here’s your e-badge Anna!
Here’s the prompt for this week’s challenge. Remember the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday, February 9th.
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Check out Christian Flash Weekly after you’re done for another great contest to help you hone your short fiction skills.