Flash Fiction 2021

30 days. 30 prompts. 30 Words.

#WVFlashFic21


2021 is the third year that Writers Victoria has run its April Flash Fiction competition.

Every day for thirty days, we'll post a prompt on our Twitter and via email for participants to write 30 words about – the theme for 2021 is 'unfold'.

A winner will be chosen by the Writers Victoria staff every day of the competiton. As a prize the winner will be mailed a personalised postcard from a Writers Victoria staff member. One overall winner will also be awarded a free workshop of their choice from our program!

Read on for guidelines and information about taking part in #WVFlashFic21.

 


DAILY WINNERS

Every Tuesday we announce the winners of the previous days of the competition. Each of the winners will receive a writerly postcard from a Writers Victoria staff member, and could be chosen as the overall winner and receive a free workshop of their choice with us as their prize.


DAY 1: CREASE
The crease in her elbow couldn’t hide the tell-tale pinprick scars, a sad past. But this needle, colour saturated and gliding over skin would create a new story.
– Sylvia Mendez


DAY 2: DEVELOP
‘The key,’ he explains, stirring slowly, ‘is allowing the flavours to develop.’
It takes her a moment to realise he’s serious. ‘They’re baked beans, Tom,’ she scoffs. ‘From a tin.’
– Allison Black


DAY 3: SEGMENTATION
He was multi-tasking, peeling the orange and glaring at me. I sank lower into the couch, deeper into my book. Too bad the pith in his soul couldn’t be removed.
– Ashara


DAY 4: BLOSSOM
Her lips pursed, a petulant blossom, moments before the quiver began, eyes shining with unshed tears. She was trying very hard, but I was not buying her an ice cream.
– Devin Jeyathurai


DAY 5: HANDS
It’s early onset, they said. But keep her hands busy; her mind will focus. So i found mum’s crochet hooks and that unfinished blanket. Now i sit here, unraveling.
 – Dr Paula Hanasz


DAY 6: ILLUMINATE
Illuminated by candlelight, I recite the spell. I’m summoning true love. Together forever.
Flashes of blood-red, sparks of midnight-black. Smoke swirls and the smell—
Oh-oh.
‘Wrong page,’ says the demon.
– Louise Zedda-Sampson


DAY 7: CRUMPLE
Amma tsks at my crumpled sari. “Who will marry you now?”
“One who is truly worthy of her” answers Appa.
They smile at each other, remembering past crumpled saris.
– Sumitra


DAY 8: RENEW
Charred and scorched-decimated earth,
Yet blackened stump resolves rebirth.
From bushfired heart, green tendril grew,
Answering nature’s call, “Renew. Renew!”
– Rebecca Fraser


DAY 9: OPEN
We scratched and scraped our memories from the walls, hiding the darkest under lavender-coloured paint. The auctioneer opened the bidding low, though. A garden overgrown by weeds and rumours.
– Matthew S. Wilson
 

DAY 10: POP
Skinny-dips. Salted hair. Summer freedom. Ryan stands across, beaming. Johnny leans forward, his heart palpitating like an upbeat pop song. Finally, they kiss. It’s squishy, magical. Perhaps... life-changing.
– Zachary Pryor


DAY 11: ELABORATE
Grandma lived her life like she did her knitting. Nothing elaborate. Never stopping for a dropped stitch; moving forwards, never back.
It didn’t matter she had holes.
She was warm.
– Keshe


DAY 12: UNRAVEL
All eyes are upon her.
It has been another challenging case to unravel.
Murders always are. 
"In summary," she breathes, "I submit Professor Plum, in the ballroom with the candlestick."
 – David Wilson

 


FLASH FICTION GUIDELINES

1. The prompt will be released every day at 8AM on our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram) and via the Flash Fiction newsletter (sign up to the daily prompt newsletter here).

2. Write up to 30 words inspired by and/or including the prompt in your writing.

3. Submit your entry in one of two ways: on Twitter by tagging @Writers_Vic and using the hashtag #WVFlashFic21; or by email to editor@writersvictoria.org.au, using the prompt for that day as your subject.

4. Submit by midnight the day of the prompt is released for your submission to be considered.

5. Winners will be announced every Tuesday throughout April, with the overall winner announced at the start of May.

6. Each daily winner will be sent a writerly themed postcard from one of our staff members, and the overall winner will win a spot in a workshop of their choice with Writers Victoria.

 


 

Can I submit more than one entry?

We only accept one entry daily per person. If you're writing multiple entries daily, we suggest waiting to send through your entry until the end of the day (entries close at midnight) so you can choose your favourite piece of writing as your official entry.

 

Does a title count as part of the 30 word limit?

No - not everyone chooses to use a title for their entry, so we won't be counting any titles in the thirty word limit.

 

I have a question!

If the information on this page hasn't answered your question, please feel free to get in touch at editor@writersvictoria.org.au.

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