Horror House Wednesday: Flash Fiction Contest #1

**While new prompts will no longer be posted, please indulge in any prompt here that peaks your interest. You can link it down below or create a ping-back.

One immediate feature I’m adding today is a weekly flash fiction contest as suggested by Silver Stone due to the lack of not prompts (there are sea urchins worth of them in the WordPress sea) but rather flash fiction contests.

For those who wonder what flash fiction is, flash fiction is a piece of fiction that ranges from 5 to 1,500 words. In this contest, the maximum amount of words I will allow is 450. Minimum is 5.

Here’s how this will work. Each Wednesday, I will post a new prompt whether a photo, quote, or anything correlated to literature or writing that can inspire a flash fiction piece with a maximum of 450 words or less.

You can submit your entries in this comment section or even put a link of the piece from your blog in the comments, and I will decide on a winner the next Tuesday—the day before the prompt starts over again. Everyone’s entries will be included in the post as well.

With that aside, here is the prompt for this week:

“Who are we then, if not for our memories?”

You can make it into any genre you want, you can use explicit language, violence, horror and gore. But please nothing discriminatory, racist, sexist, homophobic, anti-semitic, prejudice or harmful/demeaning to a group of people.

Have fun with it, and happy writing!

  36 comments for “Horror House Wednesday: Flash Fiction Contest #1

  1. June 10, 2020 at 9:39 am

    Reblogged this on Holly'sWorld and commented:

    Thought I’d share this for all my writer friends! sounds like it would be interesting to get involved in. I might even give it a try 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Rhen Laird
    June 10, 2020 at 12:06 pm

    Okay, I know I always ask this, but–can we do the prompt without being in the competition? Competitions stress me out 🙂 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 10, 2020 at 12:10 pm

      Of course! No worries. 🙂
      I’d love to see what you create.

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      • Rhen Laird
        June 10, 2020 at 12:23 pm

        Thank you, dear heart–you’re too good to me 🙂

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  3. June 10, 2020 at 8:00 pm

    My contribution for consideration: https://walksinshadows.wordpress.com/2020/06/10/kismet/

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 10, 2020 at 8:20 pm

      Wow, that is chilling. Great entry for the contest!
      It does exceed the limit I have, though I’ll still accept it. Thank you for participating. We are off to a fantastic start!

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      • June 10, 2020 at 8:26 pm

        Yikes. I forgot about the limit. I can try to trim. Lemme know.

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      • June 10, 2020 at 8:40 pm

        No, it’s a-okay with me. 🙂

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  4. juliekarey
    June 11, 2020 at 10:45 pm

    I think that the story is more than 450 words, so I can understand not considering it for the contest, but I’d like to share with you my story anyway, and thank you for the invitation. It was actually a much needed experience for me at this time. Cheers https://juliekarey.com/2020/06/11/a-story-memories-of-the-world-on-fire/

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    • June 11, 2020 at 11:20 pm

      Wow, that had so much depth, and I felt like I too was psychologically drowning in the main character’s thoughts. What a fantastic piece!

      It’s more than okay that it’s over the word limit. I’ll still accept it. 🙂 Thank you for your participation in the contest.

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      • juliekarey
        June 12, 2020 at 8:00 pm

        Wonderful! Thank you 😊, and I’m so glad you liked it 😁.

        Liked by 1 person

  5. Harsh
    June 13, 2020 at 2:03 am

    Hey! Thank you for the contest!
    I don’t write flash fiction much but this is my attempt here. I really don’t know if it fits the prompt or not. But I’ll like to submit it. Hope you can give me some valuable feedback and some suggestions or tips for writing. Thank you very much!!
    http://crypticsworld.home.blog/2020/06/13/memories-a-short-story/

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    • June 13, 2020 at 2:12 am

      It fits the prompt very well. Wow, that is heartbreaking and it is definitely a vivid description of the reality of what people suffer with Alzheimer’s go through. It is a very beautiful piece and I am happy you submitted it for this contest.

      As for feedback, I think everything was perfect. It was concise, as is the purpose of flash fiction, but a gut punch from the insight of the reality of how Alzheimer’s impacts loved ones too. You implemented the prompt cleverly and it fit naturally in progression of the story at the end.

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      • Harsh
        June 13, 2020 at 3:22 am

        Okay. I am so glad to hear this. I am still learning this art, but I am glad you liked it.
        Thank you very much for sparing some time to read my post and for this valuable feedback. I really appreciate it.😀

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  6. June 13, 2020 at 7:20 am

    https://monacularspectacular.wordpress.com/2020/06/13/flash-fiction-locked-together/

    You have the privilege of being. My first ever response to a prompt! Thanks so much for posting, this is the first piece of fiction my procrastination has allowed me to finish in years and it’s all thanks to you. 😁

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    • June 13, 2020 at 8:34 am

      Oh wow, I feel very honored to hear that. That is truly a privilege and you don’t know how happy that it has made me to hear that.

      I enjoyed your piece very much! It really delves into the psychology of how we see ourselves, and the lingering effects of memory. Excellent piece here! Thank you for participating in the contest. 😃

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      • June 13, 2020 at 9:48 am

        Appreciate you taking the time to read it Lucy, it means alot.

        Also apologies for any spelling/grammar errors, (I’ve since corrected them) the perils of writing with a toddler swinging off your neck :p

        Thanks again, keep doing what you’re doing!

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  7. June 13, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Seems fun! Can I join? When’s the deadline?

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 14, 2020 at 8:36 am

      This is my entry, Lucy. Thanks!

      Liked by 1 person

      • June 14, 2020 at 9:37 am

        That is a beautiful, heartbreaking story. My eyes teared up a bit.

        Thank you for entering it in the contest. ❤️

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      • June 14, 2020 at 9:44 am

        Thank you! ❣️

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  8. Rhen Laird
    June 14, 2020 at 8:33 am

    I forgot to ask you if this is strictly prose, or is poetry allowed?

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 14, 2020 at 9:08 am

      Prose only. 🙂

      Like

      • Rhen Laird
        June 14, 2020 at 9:17 am

        Okay, thanks Lucy 🙂

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  9. PatBunny
    June 14, 2020 at 8:38 pm

    Here’s mine 🙂
    Great prompt by the way…
    patbunnyblog.wordpress.com/2020/06/14/memories/

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    • June 14, 2020 at 9:38 pm

      Excellent take on the prompt! Wow, that is so emotional, vulnerable and absolutely shattering. It really tugs at your emotions.

      Thank you for participating in the contest. ❤

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      • PatBunny
        June 15, 2020 at 10:14 am

        Thank you! I really enjoyed it 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

  10. June 15, 2020 at 9:09 pm

    Here’s my entry. I’m not a writer and I got practically no computer skill so I’m putting it in the comments here for you to use or not, no problem.

    I have a pretty good memory for a life long pot smoker and it’s a good thing. People say you should live in the moment and forget the past but I can’t relate to that. My memories are my life and they’re my path and no one else’s. The things I did, the things that happened to me made me who I am and if I remember everything I can understand my life better, the good and the bad.
    Just today I remembered the times my Dad set up his still in the house! I had completely forgotten it until now. I didn’t mind much that he was probably breaking the law but it smelled horrible! And it stunk up the whole house! For days!
    He and the neighbor were making wine first then he switched to making the strong stuff. It wasn’t moonshine because that’s from corn. This was something distilled that starts from wine. I know not what it was except that I sure didn’t want to drink it.
    The contraption took up the whole kitchen and eventually you could watch clear hot liquid dripping out of a glass tube into a bottle. My mom never complained about it, but she didn’t talk much anyway.
    One time I was playing in the cellar and accidentally broke the glass tube which had another glass tube inside it. I think I sat on it. I didn’t tell Dad and he didn’t notice. I guess his days of distilling booze were over.
    That’s all I can tell you about my strange childhood in this story. This is the kind of thing that made a kid grow up to be an artist.

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    • June 15, 2020 at 10:12 pm

      What a fantastic entry! This really encompasses the theme of the prompt. I really like this, especially with the undertones of mystery. Excellent piece.

      Liked by 1 person

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