Hot Flashes with Words

The exact word limit for flash fiction is undetermined, but most agree the shorter the better…and infinitely harder to write. If you’re looking to hone your storytelling skills, I suggest giving it a try.

I recently came across an extreme flash fiction contest where the limit was a mere 25 words. (Hint: there was no word limit on the title.) I didn’t win, but it was fun and really forced me to pick my verbiage for action and impact.

Here’s a bit of flash featuring Morrell from “Wired”.

The Heist Undoing

He flattened himself to the wall, inserted the master key separating the Van Gogh from the security hook.  $2.5 mil felt weightless and fragile in the yellow dim light. Morrell eased it into a brown padded bag. Payment would arrive by Noon, after the drop.

Air tickled cilia as a door opened from the outside. He pulled the strap over his head, slipping to the service hall. Footsteps, soft, barely audible waxed and waned as sound distorted in the concrete passageway.

He dropped from the transom to the pavement. Jade waited with Connor, signaling the Gendarme.


If you like getting flashed, I recommend “Long Story Short: Flash Fiction by Sixty-five of North Carolina’s Finest Writers”. This is a great read even if you’re not from NC. It includes notable authors such as Orson Scott Card, Sarah Dessen, Lee Smith and Daniel Wallace covering every genre and twist imaginable.

Post your flash fiction in the comments below by April 25th and the story I like best wins a $10 Amazon gift card. Don’t forget it needs a beginning, middle and end. To make it challenging, I’m giving you a maximum word count of 100, including the title.  Good luck, I can’t wait to read what you write!


Be sure to click back tomorrow, Wednesday April 13 to meet Thea Atkinson as she goes streaking through the blogosphere on her 30 day quest to flash as many readers as possible:)