Flash Tales, Week One: “Something New”

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Hi, everyone-

This week we’re launching our new feature, Flash Tales. If you fancy yourself a writer, or just feel like trying something different, you are urged to participate. As Black Ship continues its goal of furthering creativity in every medium, we want to give talented writers a venue to express themselves, and we feel that the concentrated, compact nature of very short “flash fiction” is perhaps the best format for us to do that on a weekly basis.

Starting this week, Black Ship will post a prompt every Friday, briefly describing a scenario or theme around which you can build a short story, interpreting our prompt as you see fit. To participate, simply write your story, publish it to your blog (or, if you don’t have a blog, email the story to evan@blackshipbooks.com), and post the link in the comments section by midnight the following Thursday. The previous week’s submitted stories will be posted on Friday morning, along with the newest prompt.

So, without further ado, let’s kick this one off…

PROMPT: Write a story about something new. Our featured image is one example of something new, but feel free to take this in any direction you see fit. Maybe a scientist invents a cure for an old disease, or creates a new one; maybe an astronaut uncovers an alien relic on a long-dead world; or maybe you find those earrings your mother always wore that you thought were lost in the last move, and something old becomes new again. Anything that fits is fair game.


LENGTH: < 1,300 words

DEADLINE: Thursday, September 18, 11:59 PM

About Evan Henry (257 Articles)
Evan Henry is a graduate student in English at the University of Virginia, where he works on the legacy of eugenics and scientific racism in American pop culture. As Head of Publishing for Black Ship Books he seeks to further social analysis of popular culture and develop new and unique voices in both creative and critical writing. His credits include Broken Frontier, the Virginia Literary Review, and numerous small publishers of fantasy and science fiction. His short story collection The Great City will be released this summer.
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6 Comments on Flash Tales, Week One: “Something New”

  1. Hmmm, interesting idea. I shall let it mull and see what develops 😀

  2. Done! Not yet edited, of course, but I tried… 🙂 http://scififangirl.rabidhorse.com/

  3. Rose, I read your story, lovely exploration on the consequences of winning…. 😀

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