Get Ready for Flash Fiction Fridays

Flash fiction is a little difficult to pinpoint. Some say it should contain 1,000 words or less. Others go lower, from 500 to 300 to even down to a mere 100 well-chosen words. But whatever the character count, it is an intriguing art form that contains all of the classic story elements of protagonist, conflict and resolution in far less space than the traditional short story. It is also a great writing challenge.

Bibliophilic Blather is proud to announce Flash Fiction Fridays, which will feature micro-fiction from authors of all genres. Instead of weekly writing prompts, each writer will present his or her interpretation of a monthly theme in 500 words or less.

Starting us off next week is Karen Cantwell, author of the exceedingly popular Take the Monkeys and Run: A Barbara Marr Murder Mystery. Her short story, “The Recollections of Rosabelle Raines,” was published in the mystery anthology Chesapeake Crimes: They Had it Comin’. Karen also created “Fiction for Dessert,” a wonderful blog, which includes short fiction, book trailers and reviews.

Then, the bewitching month casts a spell on Bibliophilic Blather, with horror taking center stage in October, followed by another scary occasion -- family gatherings -- in November. We will wrap up the year with holidays in December.

If you would like to contribute, please e-mail your submission to and put “Flash Fiction Fridays” in the subject line. Don’t forget to include a short bio. The only thing I ask in return is that you “follow” Bibliophilic Blather.

Deadlines are as follows: October (horror), 9/29, November (family gatherings), 11/1, and December (holidays), 11/29.


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