Hello writers, poets, and storytellers! Welcome to Flash Lit October. Three times a year, in February, June, and October, we get a little competitive around here.
I post the prompt and word count, you write the story. You get three days for each prompt, and you can do this wherever you are in the world!
You write your story somewhere else (like your blog), then drop the link in the comments or send the link (not the content) to firstname.lastname@example.org, subject line: Flash Lit October – theme – 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 to brag about by the end of each challenge — or maybe 10 poems or blog posts or narrative non-fiction pieces — and 30 at the end of the year. The choice is yours. How scary is that? 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. And so will 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 first look at each prompt. Want that? Jump on Facebook and ask to join To Live and Write in Alameda.
Happy writing. Happy reading!
*In February, you get 24 hours to write the 10th Flash Lit piece. In a leap year, you get 48 hours.