COMPETITION: Scrolls Flash Fiction Challenge 1.2

COMPETITION: Scrolls Flash Fiction Challenge 1.2

12 May, 2013

Huge thanks to all of those who entered our Flash Fiction Challenge last month.  If you’ve listened to the latest episode of Scrolls, then you will already have heard the winning entries.  Newbies will perhaps now have a better idea of the breadth and variety of writing that can be used in these tiny tales, while experienced folk may be chomping at the bit to show us what they’ve got.  As this is a monthly challenge, the chance to do so will come round again and again.  If you missed it before, the rules are simple… All you need to do is write an original story/poem in the broad genres of fantasy, science fiction or horror.  The word limit is just 100, but your imagination can be boundless.  To help inspire you, we’ll give you 4 words that you must use (in whatever context you see fit).  The rest is up to you.   The four key words for the next challenge are as follows: Scan, Marrow, Heart, Chuck. As always, we will read out the best three pieces on the Scrolls podcast and publish them here on the Geek Syndicate website.  The winner gets a book, too.  We aim to have all the best stories collected together in one place on the site, but until we figure out how to do that, here are last month’s top trio… Siren by John Xero (Runner Up)  Heed the siren’s call.  It heralds salvation, the bliss of ignorance, the sweet succour of death. Do not thrash as she takes you into her arms, sweet child, as she presses her lips to yours.  Let her steal your breath as if it were her own. Do not cry out as she cracks your bones for the marrow within.  Instead forget what pain is, let her devour that too. What has free will ever brought you?  Let the siren take charge and plant her black flag in your soul. Soon you will be nothing more than tears in the ocean. Man Vs Food by Lizzie Boyle (Runner Up) Ray-ray was starting to flag.  He’d charged ahead, chomping through the first leg in ten minutes, pausing only for breath and black pepper. The...

COMPETITION: Scrolls Flash Fiction Challenge

COMPETITION: Scrolls Flash Fiction Challenge

1 Apr, 2013

The Scrolls podcast is undergoing a bit of a transformation at the moment here on the Geek Syndicate Network.  We’re looking to make things more focused and more interactive. Back in August 2012 we put out an episode called A Little Bit Of Flash in which we discussed the short story form known as Flash Fiction.  If you haven’t yet heard that particular episode, we’d encourage you to do so, because a Flash Fiction competition will now form a regular part of the Scrolls format. Each month we’ll be reading out the best three entries, announcing the winner and setting the challenge for the next episode.  The competition is open to all and the rules couldn’t be simpler… All you need to do is write an original story/poem in the broad genres of fantasy, science fiction or horror.  The word limit is just 100, but your imagination can be boundless.  To help inspire you, we’ll give you 4 words that you must use (in whatever context you see fit).  The rest are up to you. For the first competition your words are: Thrashing, Charged, Flag and Bone Hope they stir your creative juices.  We can’t wait to see what you come up with! Please e-mail your entries to us at [email protected] by 8:30 pm (GMT) on Sunday 14th April 2013.  You can post any follow up questions on the Comments section below.  I’ll keep an eye out. Note: We will be posting the text of the top three stories on the Geek Syndicate website each month, as well as reading them out on the podcast.  Full credit will be given to the authors.  At this time we have no intention to publish these works of Flash fiction for profit.  If such a venture becomes viable and desirable in the future then full permission will be sought of the authors before we include their...