Upcoming Flash Fiction Contest at LCP

Alert to all FlashDogs, FlashMonkeys, FlashDragons, and other flashy types!

In honor of the release of our latest books, Tamara Shoemaker and I are co-hosting a ONE-TIME FLASH FICTION contest on the Luminous Creatures Press Blog.

The contest submission dates will run from June 28-June 30, 2016, so mark your calendars! The prompts will be posted on June 28th, and then you’ll have two full days to create a story of 100 words or fewer to enter. The theme will be fantasy, since the new release books we are celebrating are both fantasy stories. More information and a photo prompt will be posted on June 28th.

To see our rules, please visit the Luminous Creatures Blog here.

Please note: you do not have to be a writer to enter this contest; Tamara and I are hoping for entries from anyone who is interested in winning a free copy of our new releases, whether you’ve written anthologies, novels, flash fiction, or only your name. Come one, come all! It’ll be fun!

Preeminent Flashdog Mark A. King has agreed to serve as our judge. The winner will receive paperback or ebook editions of our two new books: Embrace the Fire, by Tamara Shoemaker, a YA novel set in a classic fantasy world with dragons, elves, and other creatures, and Sterling, by Emily June Street, a fantasy romance with an intricate magic system.

 

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Summer of Super Short Stories Week Eight

The final week of SSS is happening now over at LCP. The prompts are two of my favorites from the entire round.

The phrase from The Gantean is “do not speak of our magic,” another Gantean expression, one that sums up the traditional Gantean relationship to magic–the Gantean Elders feel it must be preserved, kept secret, and kept safe, but they face a changing world where their magic will either die out or become known.

This image is this lovely, dark circle of standing stones and a shadowy figure:

the night

Image credit: The Night by Andrés Nieto Porras Flickr CC 2.0 
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If you feel inspired this week, post a story of 350 words or less in reply to the post at LCP. My co-founder, Beth Deitchman, is judging.

Summer of Super Short Stories Week Seven

This is the second to last week for SSS 2 over at LCP. Don’t miss a chance to win your badge!

As always the line prompts come from my book, The Gantean. This week’s prompt, “death comes to everything,” is a Gantean expression one of the Gantean Elders says to Leila, the book’s main character,  to explain the necessary balance in the natural world.

I picked the image because it reminded me of Leila, who is teased and called “birdgirl” by other Ganteans because she is small.

I can wait to see what stories emerge from picture an prompt. If you’d like to submit a story, do so here in reply to LCP’s post.

The prompts are:

“death comes to everything”

birdgirl

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Summer of Super Short Stories Week Six

Week Six prompts are up over at Luminous Creatures Press. This week we head into magical territory with an evocative image and a phrase prompt straight out of The Gantean: “six crystal pillars.”

The six crystal pillars in The Gantean are huge, colored spires that are the anchor points of the hexagonal walls that gird the High Palace of Lethemia. They have lots of magical energy and mystique. Each one has a cavern garden carved into its top.

Here are the prompts. You can submit a story of up to 350 words over at LCP.


“six crystal pillars”

magic stone

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Summer of Super Short Stories, Week 5

Prompts are up for LCP’s fifth week of summer story writing fun. This week the mood shifts darker, with an image and a line prompt that evoke possible horror stories in my mind. I picked the line prompt by doing a word search for “fear” in The Gantean‘s manuscript. Then I selected a likely phrase from the many options.

Post your stories of 350 words or less in reply to this post on LCP’s site. Flash fiction marvel Nancy Chenier is judging. Here are the prompts:

“this creeping fear”

Anthropomorphic Roots

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Summer of Super Short Stories, Week Four

The prompt for SSS Week Four is up at LCP. You can submit stories of up to 350 words at LCP and secure a chance to win a print copy of The Gantean.

This week Margaret Locke is judging.

The lines prompts for the contest come from The Gantean, and this week’s is:

“You have a choice”

Choice is a big theme in The Gantean— choosing one’s destiny, choosing one’s path, choosing what one will and will not believe–so I’m especially looking forward to the entries this week.

The photo prompt is very pretty, too:

silence

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Summer of Super Short Stories Week Three

Week three prompts are up at Luminous Creatures Press. Head over there to submit a story of 350 words. The line prompt is from my book, The Gantean:

“The truth is complicated

Crossed Fingers II

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