I'm gearing up for my first foray into a new (for me) flash fiction competition, the YeahWrite Super Challenge, and I've just gotten the results back from another contest I entered a while back, Exposition Review's Flash 405.
I've found that these competitions pull me out of any writing funks I might be in, push my boundaries, and challenge me to try genres I wouldn't attempt on my own. And the nature of flash—usually written in a short time period with low word counts—relieves the pressure of writing a bigger piece and forces me to economize my words.
So yeah, I'm addicted.
You can read my winning Flash 405 piece here, and read more about the contest and view the other winners here.
The contest theme was blue. Here's a bit about it from the contest website:
We came up with the theme “Blue” to give writers a way to explore the diverse meanings of the word: everything from color and fluids to feelings and health, and even “going blue” in language and action. We loved the idea that one simple word could feed such a vast ocean of expression.
A huge thanks to Exposition Review, and the contest judges David Lott and Michele Raphael, Co-founders of Angels Flight • literary west.
I had a great time participating and am honored to have been chosen the winner!