Friday, January 10, 2020


(from DoorKnobs 61 guides)

Mad about the boy or girl.  We’ve all heard the expression.  But, what does it really mean?  Has the person really gone over the edge?  Have they become mad as a hatter?  Or, is it just an expression that we use to suggest infatuation?  Is it just a symptom of spring fever soon to dissipate? Or, is it something much more serious? You choose, then write your story within the limits of our contest guidelines (hoops):

1. Maximum length: 250 words.
2. The sub-theme is: irritated.
3. The year is:  1921.
4. Within the story, you must use this text:  wildly excited. 

Friday, November 1, 2019

Flash Fiction Friday

Financial problems abound.  Personal problems grow daily.  The environment is eroding from under our feet with glaciers melting, floods, and earthquakes. You have tried everything to bring about a change except one.  You have resisted calling on your personal saint.  After all, you don’t really believe you have one.  But, finally, things are so bad that you buy a candle, light it, call out “Help!” and wait for results.  And, what results, everything changes. Write a story about any saint/s (including the New Orleans Saints) and the miracles they make/do within the limits of our contest guidelines (hoops):

HAYWARD FAULT LINE (shake us up) 

1. Maximum length: 450 words.
2. The sub-theme is: transcend.
3. The setting is: Topeka, KA.
4. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: considered as.

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Friday, October 25, 2019

Flash Fiction Friday

450 words
Theme:  All Saints

In Edgar Allan Poe's horror classic, The Black Cat, the narrator is seized by impulses beyond his control and cuts out his beloved cat's eye with a penknife and, subsequently, kills it by hanging. Feeling remorse for his behavior, he domesticates another pet.

"For my own part, I soon found a dislike to it [the cat] arising within me. This was just the reverse of what I had anticipated; but -- I know not how or why it was -- its evident fondness for myself rather disgusted and annoyed me. By slow degrees these feelings of disgust and annoyance rose into the bitterness of hatred. I avoided the creature; a certain sense of shame and the remembrance of my former deed of cruelty, preventing me from physically abusing it. I did not, for some weeks, strike, or otherwise violently ill use it; but gradually -- very gradually -- I came to look upon it with unutterable loathing, and to flee silently from its odious presence, as from the breath of a pestilence."

In 450 words or less, write a story where an act of fondness inspires the opposite effect (annoyance/disgust/loathing) for a person, place, or thing. Set the story in the present.

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Friday, October 18, 2019

Flash Fiction Friday


1. Maximum length: 250 words. 
2. The sub-theme is: a sting in the tail
3. The year is:  1947. 
4. Within the story, you must use this text:  turning into a grifter.
5. Post your story in comments 
6. Submit to

Friday, October 11, 2019

Flash Fiction Fridays

1. Maximum length: 450 words.

2. The sub-theme is: venerate.

3. The setting is: Delphi, Greece.

4. Within the story, you must use this bit of text: to honor as.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Flash Fiction Friday 

1. Maximum length: 250 words
2.theme: hallowed
3. The year is:  1925
4. Within the story, you must use this text:  enclosing the
5. Post your story in comments