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Happy Saturday, writers! Welcome to Flash Frenzy Round 134. This weekend, Jaime Burchardt is your judge, and he has issued a special challenge: writers are encouraged (but not required) to submit stories composed entirely of dialogue.

Before we get started, here’s a brief reminder of the rules.

Deadline: Sunday at 6:00pm MST. You all have 36 hours to create your best work of up to 360 words (exclusive of title) and post it into the comments below. Please include your word count (required) and Twitter handle if applicable. For complete rules, click here. 

The winning author and their story will be featured as Wednesday’s Hump-Day Quickie and be crowned Flash Master of the Week.

Here is your prompt.

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photo courtesy Ashwin Rao

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Hello writers. Happy Tuesday. It’s snowpocalypse 2017 at Angry Hourglass HQ, so I hope everyone is staying warm. Thanks to everyone who submitted stories this past weekend, and thanks much to Jaime Burchardt for volunteering his time to judge. You’ll find his top picks and comments below.

Welcome to the first Angry Hourglass Frenzy of 2017! I love that it’s the new year, and I love that none of you made this easy. In fact this may have been the most difficult time I’ve had judging these flash stories due to the fact that you all submitted worthy pieces! Picking just three wasn’t easy, so before we continue I just want to give a bow to all of you. Thank you for your submissions!

3rd Place

“It-” by Rebekah Postupak: This is a story that paints a pretty & tragic story all within its flash walls and the details cannot be denied.

2nd Place

“Them Apples” by zevonesque: I’m a sucker for a one-punch ending, and in this case the rest of the story had the pacing & pleasantness to lead. A nice, detailed and easy-flowing read gives Them Apples its legs.

And our  Round 121 FLASH MASTER is…

FLASH MASTER

Ewan Smith

with

“Intolerance”

The wind-up, the pitch, and…what are they chanting about? I found myself clapping at the end of this in sheer joy. Love the dialogue, love the obvious care that went into its crafting. A winner in every sense.

Congratulations, Ewan! Your story will be featured as tomorrow’s Hump Day Quickie. Next weekend, Flash Master extraordinaire Steph Ellis is back in the judge’s seat. Stay warm, stay safe, and I’ll see you all on Saturday!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome back. I hope everyone had a wonderful set of holidays. The Angry Hourglass is back, and Jaime Burchardt is here to help us kick off the first Flash Frenzy of 2017. This will be another multi-photo prompt. You may incorporate images and themes from as many as you like, but your story must clearly relate to at least one.

Before we get started, here’s a brief reminder of the rules.

Deadline: Sunday at 6:00pm MST. You all have 36 hours to create your best work of up to 360 words (exclusive of title) and post it into the comments below. Please include your word count (required) and Twitter handle if applicable. For complete rules, click here. 

The winning author and their story will be featured as Wednesday’s Hump-Day Quickie and be crowned Flash Master of the Week.

Here is your prompt.

Hello and welcome back. It’s good to see you all here again. I’d like to say thank you to all the writers who posted stories this weekend. I thought the multi-photo format would be a fun challenge, and I’m glad to see others liked it as well. You may see this format again in the future. Thanks also to Jaime Burchardt for judging the trick or treat kick off. You’ll find his comments and top picks below.

Just want to say, I’m really glad AH is back in full swing, and I loved this new format! And I’m glad it started off with a bunch of solid stories all around. This, folks, was not easy.

2nd Runner Up: zevonesque – “Time Flies”

The experience of an emotional rollercoaster in 360 words. It’s glorious when it’s done right. Solid job.

1st Runner Up: Steph Ellis – “Canvas”

I felt like the sole purpose of this story was to reach a unique level creepiness, and by god it did. It really did. Well done.

And our Trick or Treat FLASH MASTER is…

FLASH MASTER

Rebekah Postupak

with “The Costume”

Just wonderfully told all around. It’s well paced, intriguing and the ending’s caliber is one of a true storyteller.

Congratulations, Rebekah! Your story will be featured as tomorrow’s HumpDay Quickie! Thank you again, Jaime, for judging this round’s entries. Next weekend, Marie McKay presides over the return of Flash Frenzy. Hope to see you all there.

TRICK OR TREAT, FLASH DOGS!

We are back a week early with a special relaunch edition of The Angry Hourglass. This weekend, you have your choice of four photo prompts. Write a story about the photo you like best, or combine elements of two or more for an extra challenge. Your judge this weekend is Jaime Burchardt.

Before we get started, here’s a brief reminder of the rules.

Deadline: Sunday at 6:00pm MST. You all have 36 hours to create your best work of up to 360 words (exclusive of title) and post it into the comments below. Please include your word count (required) and Twitter handle if applicable. For complete rules, click here. 

The winning author and their story will be featured as Wednesday’s Hump-Day Quickie and be crowned Flash Master of the Week.

Here are your prompts.

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Welcome back. Thanks to everyone who posted stories this past weekend (some posted two!) and thanks to Jaime Burchardt for judging. You’ll find his comments below.

Before I continue, I just want to say how downright awesome this prompt was for this past weekend. It’s like, gee I don’t know, whoever picked it knew my affection for Westerns…

I want to thank everyone that participated in this, it’s always great being here, and I’ll be back next week as a writer! Now, onto the big three..

3rd Place: “Spilled Ink” by Catherine Connolly

This was just utter nonsense, and at first it confused the crap out of me. Then I realized what this was & who was mentioned, and I couldn’t stop laughing. Not related to the story and I didn’t care less. Dots, I said!

2nd Place: “An Unnatural Pressure” by David Shakes

Ya know, for a prompt that features a serious circumstance, a few of you had some fun with this, infusing some humor that went a long way. As usual, Shakes’ words grabbed me, pulled me in and sprayed some water from his flower.

And our Round 92 FLASH MASTER is…

FLASH MASTER

Voima Oy

with “Dead All Day”

Folks, if we haven’t considered Voima a master at this point (and I’m sure we have), allow this story to showcase as another example of how to create imagery within limitations. It didn’t just develop the twist, it let it grow into an entity that made me care. That’s special, and so is this effort.

Congratulatoins, Voima. Your story will be featured as tomorrow’s HumpDay Quickie!

Thanks again to everyone who submitted and to Jaime for his comments and top picks. Next weekend, Sal Page is back in the judge’s seat.

Before I sign off, I want to take just a few minutes to plug a Kickstarter. It’s for a new (mostly) dark fiction online magazine called Gamut. It’s being run and edited by Richard Thomas, and will pay $0.10/word for original fiction and $0.03/word for reprints. The initial goal is $52,000, but (and here’s why I decided to plug it here) one of the stretch goals is to dedicate Fridays to Flash Fiction. This would also pay $0.10/word. If you’re so inclined, please check it out and consider contributing.

Welcome back! It’s Saturday, and that means I’ve got a shiny new photo prompt to tickle your imaginations. Judging this week’s entries is Jaime Burchardt.

Before we get started, here’s a brief reminder of the rules.

Deadline: Sunday at 6:00pm MST. You all have 36 hours to create your best work of up to 360 words (exclusive of title) and post it into the comments below. Please include your word count (required) and Twitter handle if applicable. For complete rules, click here. 

The winning author and their story will be featured as Wednesday’s Hump-Day Quickie, receive a winner’s page, and be crowned Flash Master of the Week.

Here is your prompt.

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photo courtesy Ashwin Rao