Saturday, December 27, 2014


Doorknobs & BodyPaint Archives

Guides & PromptsIssue 60 Hayward Fault Line

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.

Place story in Comments or send to

Saturday, December 20, 2014





The work issue is often very personal.  This issue, however, takes work beyond your narrator’s experience and focuses on other people’s work.  Whether it’s watching a small child choose between fireman or baker; whether it’s someone in a mid-life crisis choosing to continue in a profession or start something new; whether it’s an end of life decision of how best to finish one’s life and work, you choose. 

1. Maximum length: 250 words.
2. The sub-theme is: secret.
3. The year is:  1993.

4. Within the story, you must use this text:  gum up. 

Post your FF in comments.

Saturday, December 13, 2014


Doorknobs & BodyPaint Archives

Guides and Prompts
from Issue 67

The heat has been unbearable, for far too long this August.  The governor has issued a State of Emergency Order for the next ten days.  He urges the elderly and children to drink lots of water and stay indoors.  You've waited through a cold July for this heat. Outside, the sun is setting and with the coming of night, your skin prickles.  Overhead the moon is full, bleaching the earth a brilliant white and casting long shadows from trees and buildings.  As you step into the shadow, your heart leaps, what was that sound, an owl perhaps. 

 HAYWARD FAULT LINE (shake us up) 
1. Maximum length: 450 words.

2. The sub-theme is: Desire.

3. The setting is:  New Orleans, LA. 

4. Within the story, you must use this bit of text:  without consent.

Write a story and post it in comments or send it to the Cairo Room