The trusty random word generator came up with SUNBURN, CARROT, MUSTARD, SIGH and I’m adding NINE 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, in no more than 100 words, (plus title), that includes all 5 of the words.
Here are some tips:
* Try to be original in both your story and use of the 5 words. Don’t go for your first thought or idea as it’s likely to be the same as several other people’s.
* Check and double-check your entry to ensure there are no typos or spelling mistakes. Last time I had to eliminate a couple of entries that would otherwise have made the longlist because they contained errors, which was a real shame.
* Remember that ‘flash fiction’ is a particular literary form. I’m no expert but it strikes me that it’s a cross between fiction and poetry. Every word counts.
For inspiration, look at the winners of previous random word competitions on this blog and also winners of other (bigger!) competitions, such as the National Flash Fiction Day competition, results of which have just been published. It might give you some idea of what can be done with the form.
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: ‘sunburned’ or ‘nineteenth’ or ‘sight’.
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, quite frankly, 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. Remember, this is a ‘family blog’!).
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: email@example.com by midnight on Sunday 5th May 2019 (3 weeks today), along with your name. You will get an emailed response, confirming receipt of your entry, within a day or so.
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 all entries that are not shortlisted will be deleted/destroyed once judging is complete.
11. I will ‘longlist’ 10 entries and another judge (yet to be confirmed but someone new!) will choose their shortlist of 5 stories and then, the winner and runner-up, from those 10 entries. It will all be done anonymously, of course, until the winner and runner-up are announced on the blog.
PS: On a different note, apologies for all the pesky adverts that have appeared on the blog just lately. As soon as I found out how to upgrade the blog without losing the name or all the info, I will do so and that will get rid of them! So please bear with me until then! I thank you!