A daily dose of short fiction


Dear FlashDogs,

It’s been a while. How are you?

It’s great to see the community so busy with personal projects, but there is a tiny part of FDHQ that still misses the stories, the encouragement and the banter of regular short fiction from the talented community we care about.

We owe so much to the hosts of the competitions. However, we realise it was inevitable that the strain of hosting a competition would take its toll. We salute those that have gone before and those that still bravely carry the flag, but we’d also like to provide another option to enable you to write on a regular basis without huge demands on time from the folk at FDHQ.

With this in mind, we have an idea.

Short stories every day.

Actually, Very Short Stories (VSS) every day.

Each day we will post a prompt. Respond to the prompt with a story, the prompt name and #VSS365

For example: Monday, we might post

#VSS365 #Fear

Just write a tweet story and put the tags in (anywhere) and that’s all you need to do.

The downsides are that you’ll be limited by the character limit of Twitter, you can’t ‘win’ (unless you want to count RT’s and likes).

The upsides are that you’ll get to write stories every day, it will help provide prompts and generate ideas that might grow into bigger projects, it will act as a continual catalyst to encourage each other as you write and read. Plus, it’s often difficult to guess what judges want – we’ve removed that problem. Also, this system means it won’t burn us (or judges) out with running the comps and applying the rules.

If this sounds good then please join in and spread the word.

We can’t wait to see what you come up with.

Welcome back.

Yours, Mark A. King and the FDHQ team