Thursday 360 Challenge

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 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 They must be original, unpublished stories inspired by the photo prompt and they must have no more than 360 words (title doesn’t count).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

Champion: Daleen Cowgar for her story The Christians Aren’t Leaving, about a wife encouraging her husband as they face persecution.

Congratulations, Daleen! Here’s your e-badge.

updated thursday 360 e-badge

 

The Prompt

And here’s the prompt for this week’s challenge.

Remember the deadline is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday, March 9th.

Photo Credit, David Niblack, Imagebase.net

 

Also, remember to become a follower so you can get email notifications of results and new posts.

 

Check out Christian Flash Weekly after you’re done for another great contest to help you hone your short fiction skills.

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17 thoughts on “Thursday 360 Challenge

  1. Stand Up

    Shawna sat against the hard, brick wall of the school, her head in her hands. It was a perfect, California day full of sun and warm, sea breezes. Everyone around her was eating or talking with friends in the outdoor cafeteria area. But Shawna was in no mood for any of that right now. Ever since the phone call from Jamie’s dad last night, it felt as if someone had stabbed her heart with a red-hot poker. She still couldn’t believe her best friend had tried to commit suicide. Not Jamie. Not smiling, happy, beautiful Jamie. How could she have missed it? How could she not have seen that she was struggling, that she was hurting? It was right in front of her. It had been all along. Hayley and Danielle had been fat-shaming her for months, ridiculing her in the halls, posting shopped pics of her online. She’d done nothing to deserve it, but the girls seemed to find some kind of sick pleasure out of hurting other people.
    Shawna glanced up at the two girls now, sitting at a table with some guys from the football team, laughing as if they didn’t have a care in the world, as if they hadn’t torn down a fellow human being to the point of trying to kill herself.
    Emily Turner passed by their table. Shawna could hear Hayley calling her a slut. Emily had made the mistake of smiling at Hayley’s boyfriend. Now Hayley was spreading all kinds of rumors about how sleazy Emily was. None of it was true. Emily was a Christian and one of the nicest girls at the school. Shawna could see Emily fighting tears. The girl ducked her head and hurried away. Hayley and Danielle were shameless bullies. They didn’t care who they hurt or what damage they did. It was time for someone to do something, to stand up and be a voice against their cruelty.
    Shawna watched as everyone turned their heads. They just ignored it. They didn’t have the guts to take a stand.
    Well, Shawna was done being a bystander. She pushed away from the wall and stood up.

    Word Count: 358

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  2. My heart feels heavyWC:148Oh Lord, my heart feels heavy.Why is that, My Child?Lord, are you really there?Yes, I am here.I don’t feel you.Who ever said that true relationships were based on feelings?Everyone, Lord.My Child, true relationships are hard work. Sticking with people through the thick and thin, even when you don’t feel anything, that is a true relationship.But Lord, it’s hard!!I know, Child.It would be so much nicer if You were just there. Always.I am, Child.Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it. For I will never leave you or forsake you.Lord, why am I doubting You? Why can’t I be strong?The Spirit is willing, but the body is weak.But Lord!!Read your Bible, pray everyday, and you will grow, My Child. Neglect your Bible, forget to pray, and you will shrink.I want to be with You, Lord!!Then follow Me. And I will give you life.https://kidfarmer.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/christian-anthology/

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    1. Whoa!!! That was not suppose to turn out like that!!! Guests are at our house, so I can’t use the computer without waking them up so I was doing this with the iiPad.

      Is it ok, if I give you a cleaned up version tomorrow morning?

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  3. My heart feels heavy

    WC:148

    Oh Lord, my heart feels heavy.

    Why is that, My Child?

    Lord, are you really there?

    Yes, I am here.

    I don’t feel you.

    Who ever said that true relationships were based on feelings?

    Everyone, Lord.

    My Child, true relationships are hard work. Sticking with people through the thick and thin, even when you don’t feel anything, that is a true relationship.

    But Lord, it’s hard!!

    I know, Child.

    It would be so much nicer if You were just there. Always.

    I am, Child.

    Sometimes it doesn’t feel like it.

    For I will never leave you or forsake you.

    Lord, why am I doubting You? Why can’t I be strong?

    The Spirit is willing, but the body is weak.

    But Lord!!

    Read your Bible, pray everyday, and you will grow, My Child. Neglect your Bible, forget to pray, and you will shrink.

    I want to be with You, Lord!!

    Then follow Me. And I will give you life.

    https://kidfarmer.wordpress.com/2015/02/26/christian-anthology/

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