Friday, January 6, 2012

Flash Fiction Challenge: Gypsy Woman

Welcome to the first weekly flash fiction challenge of January!!  You know the rules:

You have one week to submit if you want to be included.

You are up to challenge yourself AND win a copy of either my short story, 
Nothing Lasts Forever, or a copy of my giant book of poetry, Bony Fingered Limbs.  Just let me know which you'd prefer, should you be chosen!  :)  It will come to you via email as a PDF file, DRM-free, so you can send it to whatever e-book-reader-device you may prefer.  ALSO, If you win so often you run out of choices, I will offer my services in editing something of yours, so there is always incentive!

Your word cap this week is 1000 words, so it's a little shorter, like last week!  That makes it a bit harder, but I think you can do it!  We'll work our way down shorter each month until we're awesomely churning out quickie stories like pros.  It is a good thing.

Your challenge for this week is something I am calling Gypsy Woman.  Let the photo above be your inspiration!

Get me your submissions by Midnight next Friday morning, 1-13-12, Mountain Standard Time.  Link us your story in the comment area!  Put it up on your own blog, or on a public note on Facebook or in a Google Document file.  Somewhere so we can all see it.  Make sure you link your story!  Just  to be sure it's not passed over by accident, missed, or not included in the contest!  Thanks!

Anyway!! Let's see what you've got!  


  1. Hey Becca! Here it is :)

  2. Hey, Becca. I've never entered one of these before, but I decided to give it a try this week. Here's mine. :)

  3. Okay, I read through mine again and felt it was disjointed and didn't make enough sense. So I've edited it a bit, expanding and clarifying parts. Please offer me feedback, I'm always needing to better my writing.
    Gypsy Woman Story

  4. @Kristy:
    I just read your piece.
    Really great job!
    You captured the emotion well.
    Well done!

  5. Hey Becca, thanks for these challenges, my entry below:

  6. Here is my latest entry.

  7. Keep the entries coming! We've got a few hours left until midnight!

    Meanwhile, here's my strange entry this week: The Hippie Gypsy.

  8. Okay Becca, here is mine :) Thank you so much :)


    Better late than never. :)

  10. Alright! Just finished reading and judging all of these. Notes and numbers are as follows:

    Kristy: 23 ~ Diagnosis more than fortune, but related enough... Emotion runs deep in this story. Wonderfully done!

    Caitlin: 24 ~ Great spin on it! She was perfectly mad, and her story was sad, but definitely well-rounded. Well-executed. Nicely done!

    Frank: 22 ~ Disqualified for being too long, but … Wow, brilliantly done. The witch was wonderfully creepy, and the end line could keep it going if you wanted! Don’t see anything I would change, really. Too long for official inclusion, but it certainly needed to be that long to get it all in there. Well done.

    Nicola: 23 ~ Nice twist! I wondered where it was going. Every detail was given JUST enough fullness that it could be seen and smelled, but not so much as to be the dreaded “purple prose”. Awesome story!

    Laurie: 22 ~ Ooh, creepy! Dreams coming true in the worst way. /shudder.

    Becca: Weird story as always. ;) No points for you!

    L. Anne: 21 ~ Lots of detail up front, then jumped into the vision a bit hastily, then out again with a bit of a hiccup. Probably would have flowed better if you’d had an extra 500 words to work with! Well done, though, the story was definitely an interesting one.

    Ashleigh: 19 ~ (Disqualified for being entered late, but here are the notes anyway!) Interesting lead-in. You’re right that it doesn’t make a whole lot of sense all by itself, but you can feel the anticipation building toward the end there. It makes me think of the end to a chapter, mini cliffhanger for a part later in the book.

    SO! Looks like Caitlin wins this week! Buzz me over at to let me know where to send your prize, and which you'd prefer! :)

    Keep it up everyone! The grammar and spelling has been MUCH more polished these last couple of weeks. Great work!

  11. Congrats, Caitlin! Definitely well-deserved.

    (And thanks, Frank!)


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