This week has been all about short stories. As I mentioned a while back, I have a 5-year writing career plan and according to the schedule one of the tasks for this month is to start sending my short stories out into the world, rather than leaving them to gather dust in a drawer somewhere.
I’ve started with a few contests and magazines, including some that I found via the Aerogramme Writers’ Studio, one of the writing sites that I follow. My short stories aren’t traditional romances, which is a good thing since I’ve yet to find many contests or magazines that are interested in short-story romances (if you know of any, I’d love to hear about them).
One contest that I came across in my research that I thought could be a fun exercise is the Museum of Words Flash Fiction Contest. The rules of the contest are simple: in either Hebrew, English, Arabic, or Spanish, write a story in 100 words or less that reflect this year’s slogan Mandela: Words and Concord. Okay, maybe not so simple. The contest had over 22,000 entries last year though, so not impossible either.
So, what does a 100-word story look like? You can read the winners from last year’s contest here.
I tend to be pretty sparse in my writing, so this seems like something that would be right up my alley. I’ve been thinking all day about what kind of story I could write in 100 words. So far, they all wind up with someone dead in surprising circumstances. I’m going to keep brainstorming to see what other ideas I can come up with – hopefully something where everyone lives. We’ll see how that goes.
What kind of story would you write in 100 words? Boy meets Girl. Dystopian society. Horror. Slice of humanity. I’ll post my own story once it’s finished. In the mean time, I’d love to hear your ideas.