You may have noticed a new blogfest button on the right side of my page. Cherie Reich is sponsoring her Second Flash Fiction blogathon this year, to be held between May 21st and the 23rd.
And there are CASH prizes!
All that's required is to sign up HERE and then post a single piece of flash fiction (300 words or less) on your blog during those three days. The only limitation on your story besides length is that it must start with the words "Lightning flashed." Cherie will visit and read all the entries and then announce six finalists on May 25th. Then voting for the finalists will take place until the 28th and Cherie will announce the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners, as well as a random winner selected from the list of the participants -- so even if you don't make the finalists, you can still win something.
It may seem strange that I've signed up for another blogfest so soon after the A-to-Z marathon of madness, but there are many things that I like about this:
- I only have to make ONE post, not 26!
- I'm actually creating a piece of writing, and not just blogging about writing.
- Did I mention cash prizes!?!? OK, truthfully that's not a major factor for me, but it is extremely gracious of Cherie to offer the prizes, and I salute her for taking that extra level of commitment in sponsoring her blogfest.
- Most importantly, I really enjoy flash fiction.
I love being able to get a 'complete' story in just a few words. I think it's awesome both as a reader and as a writer, although Flash can be a bit of a challenge for me as a writer. I tend to be wordy by nature and typically want to ADD words, not subtract them, lol! So it can be tough at times, but I like the constraints flash forces on me -- by limiting the word count, I have to focus on precision in creating my story. I have to paint word pictures with delicate dabs of the brush, not splash words all over with a roller, hoping that some of them stick. The challenge of the constraints makes it fun.
I hope you all will visit on the 21st to see what I come up with for the blogfest. I already have the first two words written... ;^)
In related news: On May 16th, just before Cherie's Flash Fiction Blogfest , it wil be National Flash Fiction Day in the UK. I heard about this from the blog of Lisa Vooght ("Li").
If you don't want to take part in Cherie's blogfest, maybe you can help make Flash Fiction Day an international one, by writing, posting, or supporting Flash Fiction in some way. Maybe try to learn more about it, or make it a point to visit some of the great sites out there that highlight it like Flash Fiction Online, Every Day Fiction, or EDF's associated Flash Fiction Chronicles.
And if you still want more, the Flash Fiction Chronicles maintains a FABULOUS LIST of markets for Flash Fiction, all of which offer the reader some excellent fiction in small and tasty morsels.
Take some time throughout May to browse, explore, and enjoy the fabulousness of Flash!