PhotobucketThe Sundays keep on sizzling at WU! We are blown away by the FANTASTIC flash fiction stories submitted for our Flash Fiction contest (if you somehow missed the announcement, check out the rules and fabulous prizes HERE).

The entries just keep getting better and better, which is making it tough to pick out three finalists this week. Thanks to all who submitted stories based on last week’s prompt. As always, we have our honorable mentions:

Allison Corser (“There’s a ghost who lives in our second-floor hallway.”)
Zoe (“The Red Room”)
Claire Fuller (“Oskar”)
Andrea Fleming (“Teddy looked up at her with one glass eye”)
Taylor Ross (“When you are a little girl, you’re afraid of simple things.”)
William Lailey (“The monsoon arrives, and it floods.”)
Julie Jay (“Don’t go far,” my daddy said…)

And this week’s three winners, in no particular order are:

Janeen Owens (“Babe, I have a routine call.”)
CB Soulsby 
(“I find her in full color around the alley.”)
Andrea Ellickson 
(“A monster lives in my bedroom, and his name is Gary.”)

Congratulations to Janeen, CB, and Andrea! Your stories have made our finalists’ round, and will be part of the big WU vote in early August.

Can winners enter again? Yes, they can. We hope all of you enter again! We look for stories that tell a complete beginning, middle and end, and who let the prompt unboxed their creativity in surprising ways.

And now without further ado, this week’s visual prompt, again provided by the talented Debbie Ohi, is…

Remember the full rules can be found HERE, but if you’re in the mood to flash and run, cliff-notes rules are below:

  • The story must be inspired by that week’s visual prompt.
  • Each submission must be 250 words or less. 
  • Each story must contain a beginning, middle, and end.
  • All submitted work must be original–not published anywhere else, and written by you, for this contest.
  • Post submissions in the comment section of the prompt post. Each week, the deadline will be 72 hours after the prompt is posted on Sunday morning, meaning Wednesday at 7 a.m. EST.
  • No more than two entries per person, per week will be eligible for that week.
  • The top three stories from each week will be selected by a mix of votes in the form of Likes in the comment section and our own discretion.

This week’s contest closes Wednesday July 25, 7 a.m. EST. Good luck and happy writing!

Drawing courtesy © Debbie Ridpath Ohi, illustrator of the soon-to-be-released book for children, I’m Bored.



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