Flash Fiction at Printers Row

Come one, come all.  Test your storytelling against the world, or at least against other writers.

Printers Row, Chicago’s literary festival, is taking place June 4-5, on Dearborn Street south of Congress.  New books, used books, writers reading, readers writing–it’s all there!  We Mystery Writers always have a tent, and this year on June 4, from four to five p.m., we’re having a Flash Fiction contest.

Write a story that you can read in 5 minutes.  Choose one of the following opening sentences:

1) He wasn’t going to make it.

2) It was the smell that got to her.

3) Digging a hole six-feet deep was harder than he thought.

4) He’d have done it different if he’d known how much weight she’d gained.

5) They say a goldfish will eat anything.

Take it from there to anywhere.  Barb D’Amato and I will be judging.  Points will be awarded for everything from suspense to humor to coherence, and prizes will be awarded with a lavish hand.  The only goal is to have fun!

  • the Bag Lady

    Oh – that sounds like so much fun!! Wish I could be there.

    Love all the sentences for your flash fiction contest… I suppose you have to present your story in person, though.

  • Hi, Sara.
    I hope you have a great time at the event.
    Best regards.

  • I hope no goldfish were harmed in the making this blog post?

  • JoAnn Welsh

    So how did it  go?

  • Sara Paretsky

    It was great fun, despiteor maybe because of a violent thunderstorm.  One woman held her cellphone over people’s submissions as a flashlight because we didn’t have lights in the tent, and the storm turned the day completely dark.


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