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Today’s flash fiction story

This sample of flash fiction–a bit shy of 100 words–was a finalist in the recent FF contest discussed here earlier and sponsored by Canadian writer and blogger Vanessa Shields.   Much flash fiction is spare, this especially so.


by Karen Rockwell

“I don’t know,” she said, and she meant it.

Naked oblivion spilled from her thin, wind-chapped lips, filled up her wide near-tears eyes, sprang from her ruddy face, from her panicked expression, like a rash of question marks as she offered up the dog-eared wallet photo of a toothless grinning child.

Detective Macey sighed, then forced a smile at the child’s mother. “We’ll do our best.”

Karen has been revving up her writing career with workshops and is finding publishing venues for many of her stories and poems. Among other recognized works, her story, Remembering Corporal Yeryk, won first prize in the Polar Expressions 2011National Contest. Karen is working on a first chapbook of her poetry.

Vanessa contest results

Flash fiction contest results posted

Congratulations to the winners of the flash fiction contest sponsored by Vanessa Shields and me.  To find out who won, check out Vanessa’s blog here: Vanessa Shields

Win fame and (not nearly) fortune

Time is running out to enter the mystery flash fiction contest.  Prizes include a short story collection by Raymond Chandler.

All you have to do is write a mystery story of 200 words or less, then submit it to author/blogger Vanessa Shields.

Deadline is this Friday, Sept. 20, at 11:59 p.m.

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