Wednesday, September 5, 2012


Flash Mob September

Expose Yourself
to Fiction

Welcome to Dude Write!

We are thrilled to have you here, whether you are a Writer Dude, a Blogger Dude, a Reader Dude or a Fanatic of good writing. If you've stumbled upon us via a link and wondering what you've gotten yourself into, our Mission Statement should explain it all.

We challenged our dudes this month to a little writing.

No, we mean A LITTLE less than 501 Words!

Flash Fiction is a style of writing to which many of us are unaccustomed.

This didn't stop us. We launched our first Flash Fiction Competition that would run through July. Our second went off with a bit less fanfare, but was still successful.

Here are those results:

And the editorial winner is...

The Editors came together to vote and have decided that the Editorial Flash Mob award goes to Chubby Chatterbox for his post Stupid Men and the Sea where Stephen will gladly rant on about what you can do when caught up an ocean without a paddle, radio, engine, common sense.  Very Hemingway.

And the popular vote winner is...

Daniel Nest collects another Flash Mob card with his post High Stakes. Who would have guessed you could fake yourself out with real brownies when high quality weed was within reach?

The stories were great and we're looking forward to next month!

And on to September!


Flash Fiction or Sudden Fiction is a writing style that is characterized by:

- Brevity - there is no established limit in most circles but shorter than a short story.

- Containing many classic story elements - protagonist, conflict, obstacles, and resolution.

What makes this contest different from other Flash Fiction competitions you may ask?


There's a good chance that some of our writers have written in this style, but many of us have not. Nothing says well-rounded writer like getting out of your comfort zone. (or Keg Party!) As self-proclaimed amateurs, we aren't going to feel bad competing against each other, right? If we get a few ringers crashing the party, so be it, then we'll challenge them to hang in the Starting Lineup.

So we have to have some rules.
  1. Gotta use the prompts we give you.
  2. No more than 500 words. (we don't intend to count each word, but if we do keep it under 500)
  3. New (you'll have almost a month to write and post) Original (non-pornographic) Fictional work.
  4. Lastly and in keeping with the mission statement, you gotta be a dude.
Now, judging will be done by popular vote, we're thinking 1 winner. There will also be the usual editorial review. Likely 2-4 Dudes will walk away with a brand new Dude Write Flash Mob Man Card.

Stories will be judged on Wow Factor! Judges will be looking for stories that have some of the elements of a classic story. Keep in mind that leaving some things to the imagination of the reader is desirable in this style. The more punch in the less lines the better.

As always our Dude-tra (like a mantra, only better) :

Read (as many as you can), Tweet (and/or comment on the ones you like), and Vote (for your favorite...that isn't yours).

Here is this month's PICTURE prompt(s)...choose one (include it in your story):

Camp Youngman Brown
Camp WilyGuy
Camp Walker

You'll have three votes when it comes to that time.  Pick your favorites.

You won't get penalized for having an introductory paragraph to let your obviously bewildered readers know why you've lost your written mind and are entering this most awesome of contests, perhaps you can italicize it like this one.