Sorry if you were expecting something different this time. In an ideal world, I would do something else but the flash-random-combo seems to work and doesn’t take up too much time (yours or mine!), so why invent the wheel!?
The trusty random word generator came up with KIDNEY, WHALE, RACE and HONEY and I’m adding SEVEN for good measure and for obvious reasons, so those are your 5 words.
I’d like you come up with a flash fiction story OR poem, max 100 words, (plus a title), that includes all 5 of the words.
Just to be clear, the words are:
The words can be used more than once and can be used in the title as well as, (or instead of), in the body of the story. And you can add letters to the end of the words – eg: ‘raced’, ‘seventy’ or ‘whales’.
Check if you’ve used them correctly by doing a search on your finished document for the 5 words. As long as they come up (ie: they’re in the document in their entirety), then you’re OK.
The prizes are significant! I’m giving away a £25 Amazon e-voucher as first prize and a £10 Amazon e-voucher as second prize. Yoo hooo! And then, of course, there’s THE GLORY of being the winner, which is priceless.
1. One entry per person & no alterations can be made once it’s submitted.
2. Open to anyone, anywhere and it’s free to enter.
3. Maximum 100 words (you can submit less), plus title.
4. Please don’t copy or plagiarise. You will be found out! (and it will be embarrassing and shameful)
5. Your story/poem’s title is in addition to the 100 words
6. Any theme or genre is acceptable (but anything too graphic or ‘sweary’ is unlikely to be shortlisted, as I won’t want to publish it here – this is a ‘family blog’ – so do consider that!)
7. Your entry must not have won or been placed in another competition.
8. Judge’s/judges’ decisions are final.
9. Email your entry in the body of the email, NOT as an attachment, to: firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight on Tuesday 12th September 2017 (3 weeks today), along with your name.
10. By entering, you agree that your entry, or an extract, can be posted on this blog if it’s one of the shortlisted stories. Copyright remains with the author and any entries that are not shortlisted will be deleted/destroyed once the judging is complete.
11. I will shortlist 5 entries and someone else will choose the winner, anonymously. I am being vague about the ‘someone else’ because I don’t know who it will be yet, but someone other than me and someone who will take their task seriously.
If you have any questions, feel free to post them as a comment on here so that everyone can see the response! Thanks – and good luck!
PS: My tips are: make good use of all 100 words you’re allowed to use. Don’t go for the obvious use of the words. Your first idea will be lots of other people’s. Take your time! It’s tempting to dash something off, before you forget and miss the deadline but the entries that start zapping in within a day or two tend to be weaker than those that have clearly been ‘worked on’.
PPS: If you want to see some of the winners and shortlisted entries from previous competitions, just click on the (new!) ‘random word competition’ category (right hand column) and it will bring up the relevant posts.
Have fun and good luck! 🙂