They say imitation is the highest form of flattery, or some such thing, so I've been inspired by NPR's Three Minute Fiction to host my own flash fiction contest in which you will be all be prompted to write a story beginning with the same sentence. And it is:
I never expected to be in this position so soon, saying goodbye to my son.
My blind judge, who is my husband and not blind at all, declared that since he is usually recruited to help judge these things, then he should be the one to pick the prompt. So, there ya go!
Here are the rules:
- Submit a complete flash fiction story of no more than 600 words to mystiparker @ yahoo.com (no spaces), with MFF in the subject line. No scenes or excerpts!
- You must use the prompt sentence as written as the very FIRST sentence in your story. You cannot modify it in any way. After that, your story can evolve into anything you wish, as long as it begins with that sentence.
- Please keep your submissions PG--no heavy profanity, nudity, sexual acts, etc. If you aren't sure, ask me first.
- Edit your story to the best of your ability before submitting. I will not be editing them for you.
- Along with your stories, send in a profile pic (if you have one), short bio (45-100 words), and any book covers or links you'd like to share.
- I will be posting selected stories as I receive them, depending on number of entries. Your comments will be greatly appreciated!
- Deadline is May 29, 2012 at 12:00AM EST. Anything received after that will not be considered.
- Winner(s) will (hopefully) be chosen by our blind judge (my husband, who is not blind) during the first week of June. Prizes are:
2nd Place: One PDF of The Emotion Thesaurus, one first page critique by one of the authors of The Emotion Thesaurus, and an interview on Unwritten!
3rd Place: An interview on Unwritten!