Welcome to Thursday 360!
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, March 2nd. They must be original, unpublished stories inspired by the photo prompt and they must have no more than 360 words (title doesn’t count).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
Dropped Egg by Daleen Cowgar: An attractive man sits down beside a young woman on a bench and she plunges headlong into daydreams of the future they could have together while he sits staring upward the entire time. At the end of the story it is revealed that he has been staring at what he believes to be a dead squirrel in a tree and the young woman’s romantic dreams fall “like a dropped egg.” The ending is probably my favorite part because it was so funny. Thanks for the laugh, Daleen. 🙂
Not Today by Jeremy Bullard: A man recalls contemplating suicide after losing everything. His wife was killed by a drunk driver, he lost his job, started drinking, and had his children taken away from him. Then, back in the present, sober with his kids back in his custody, he explains to his children how he had wanted to climb to the top of Bernard Towers and “see if I could find Mommy up there.” “Is she up there?” his son asks. Tears fall as he answers, “Not today, buddy. Not today.” Thanks for this tender and well-written piece, Jeremy.
The Bringing of the Rain by Clueless: The protagonist recalls in striking images how the rain used to roll in when they were children and how “God’s handiwork was so awesome.” But in the present, the protagonist faces the death of a child and the storm clouds are now ominous rather than beautiful. This is a vivid, touching story. Sad, but written in a captivating style. Thanks for sharing.
Now for the results…
Congratulations! Here’s your e-badge.
And here’s the new prompt for this week’s challenge.
Remember the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday, March 2nd.
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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.