Hello writers, poets, and storytellers! Welcome to Flash Lit June. Three times a year, in February, June, and October, we get a little competitive around here.
Across the month, I post a prompt and word count, you get three days to write the story, poem, narrative non-fiction — whatever floats your boat — and post it on your blog. Then you drop the link in the Facebook group.
What if you don’t have a blog? Make one. They’re super easy; we’re only looking for basic here. What if you’re not on Facebook? That’s easy, too; drop the link and a few words about yourself into an email and send it to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Flash Lit June – (prompt) – (your last name).
When you share your lit you give permission for us to share it in turn across our social media, which includes this website, our Facebook group To Live and Write in Alameda, and our Instagram account @toliveandwrite.
If you write along with us, you will have 10 short stories or poems or essays or cartoons or whathaveyou to brag about by the end of the month. Do it again in October and that’s 20 pieces in your portfolio before the end of the year. If you began with us in February, you’ll have 30 to round out 2020.
How scary is that? So scary, it’s exhilarating! You might actually have proof you’re a writer (in case you didn’t before) and a stash of stories, poems, blog posts, or narrative non-fiction pieces to show off. Hey. You might even have the beginnings of a collection or memoir to work into something publishable. Fancy that.
The most terrifying thing of all: Members of To Live & Write will have a chance to vote for their fave story first, followed by the general public. Use a pen name if you’d like; just make sure you include your real name when you submit your work.
Prizes? Awards? Recognition? Yes, yes, and yes. Members get to see the prompt first. Want that? Jump on Facebook and ask to join To Live and Write in Alameda.