Last summer, I stumbled upon this cool little website/contest/community called The Iron Writer—and it completely changed and improved my writing.
Each week, The Iron Writer hosts a flash fiction smackdown. Four authors are pitted against each other to create a 500-word story that must incorporate four provided elements. And usually, these elements are completely oddball and unrelated. They often inspire terror and what-the-hell-am-I-going-to-do-with-these moments when they are revealed.
This format forces you to be wildly creative, word under a tight deadline (five days), and live for brevity. I’ve written some really cool stories that I wouldn’t have had I not been involved in this community. I’ve stretched and strengthened my craft while having a lot of fun, which is so awesome.
Each week, a challenge winner is determined by scores from a panel of judges combined with an open public vote. Winners of weekly challenges compete in solstice competitions four times a year. And then the final four advance to the annual championship.
Today, the 2015 championship stories are on the website—and one of them is MINE! That’s right, I could take home the title!
So now, I need a little something from you, dear readers. Go visit the championship page, read through the entries, and vote for the piece that you think is the most deserving.
I’m not going to tell you which one is mine—because in this circumstance, I’d rather people vote for the story than the author. (Now, those of you who are familiar with my writing…you just might recognize my style.)
In any case, take a moment to read some great (and weird, by virtue of the crazy elements we were assigned) flash fiction and vote for the story that impresses you the most.
Could I be this year’s champion? I certainly hope so.
See you all on the flipside of this competition next week. Here’s hoping the flipside involves assuming a victorious pose and singing Queen’s “We Are the Champions” at the top of my lungs directly into my computer screen.