Thursday, October 4, 2012


Flash Fiction October

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 challenge our dudes each 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.

But 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. Our latest in September was a new concept using photos.


And the popular vote winner is...

Daniel Nest with Code Wet. Daniel took our picture prompt and wrote a great little story about a harmless lick in the middle of intense business negotiations. This isn't a first win for Daniel, but his recent first Diamond Club win makes this a fine week for him. Congrats Daniel!

All of the stories were great and we're looking forward to next month!

And on to October!

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 prompt(s):

When I saw it, I nearly cried..."

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.