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Summer of Super Short Stories 2, Week Six

Welcome to week six of our contest.

This week our judge is Holly Geely, the flashdog with all the funnies. Check out her upcoming release, The Dragon’s Toenail, a fantasy satire and more. It will be available on August, 30th 2015.

Below you will find a photo prompt and a line prompt. Use the picture to inspire you. The line prompt must be included somewhere in your story of 350 words or less. You can see a larger version of the picture by clicking on it. There are no content restrictions.

Submit your story or stories (up to two) in the reply section to this post no later than Saturday at 6pm PST. Please include word count and Twitter handle/email/other identifiers at the beginning of the story. Winners will be announced next Tuesday. Please see our Contest Rules for more information.


And here are your prompts!

Use this three-word phrase in any part of your story:

“six crystal pillars”

magic stone

Image credit: Untitled by Julian Povey Flickr CC 2.0 
Image has not been altered from its original form.

 

Week Six Judge: Holly Geely

Frequent flashdogs know her name is synonymous with smart and snappy humor. Our week six judge is none other than the incomparable Holly Geely! With her sharp wit and her signature comic style, Holly pushes boundaries in all directions in her flash. She’s about to unleash her debut novel project, The Dragon’s Toenail. 

The first eight chapters can be found at her blog: https://hollygeely.wordpress.com/category/the-dragons-toenail/. It has magic and adventure, dangerous villains, romance, and all the magical creatures she could think of. At its core, The Dragon’s Toenail is a parody of the fantasy genre – but it’s also more than that. Read it and see!

Holly is currently working on another novel in The Dragon’s Toenail universe, set in a different city in Brassica.

The Dragon’s Toenail will be available in print and ebook format on (or slightly before) August 30, 2015.

Have an (exclusive?) sneak peek at this illustration (by the talented http://ethanielritchot.com/) of the three main characters of The Dragon’s Toenail:

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What fun!

Summer of Super Short Stories 2, Week One

Welcome to our first week of SSS 2! Below you will find a photo prompt as well as a line prompt. Use the picture to inspire. The line prompt must be included somewhere in your story of 350 words or less. You can see a larger version of the picture by clicking on it.

Submit your story or stories (up to two) in the reply section to this post no later than Saturday at 6pm PST. Please include word count and Twitter handle, email, or other identifiers at the beginning of the story. Winners will be announced next Tuesday.

Please see our Contest Rules for more information.


Use these words in your story: “Tell me a tale.”

Use the four words “tell me a tale” in any part of your story. 

my forest dream

Image credit: “My forest dream is still a dream” by Vinoth Chandar from flickr (CC 2.0)
Image has not been altered from original form.

 

Summer of Super Short Stories 2 begins tomorrow!

LCP’s seasonal flash fiction contest begins tomorrow, July 2nd! We have planned eight weeks of exotic photo prompts and evocative line prompts drawn from Emily June Street’s latest novel, The Gantean.

Prompts post Thursday mornings, 7 am PST. There will be two forms of prompt, one, an image, and the other, a short phrase or sentence. Stories must be 350 words maximum; shorter stories accepted. Submit stories as replies to prompt post. Sumission deadline is the Saturday following the prompt Thursday at 6pm PST. Weekly winners get badges and stories featured on LCP site. Two contest-wide winners get signed copies of The Gantean. See here for more information.

Judging our first week, we have Emily June Street, author of the book that inspired the contest. Emily is one half of LCP’s team and an avid reader and writer of all varieties of fiction. Emily likes meaty stories with layers of meaning. You can follow her here:

blog: https://emilyjunestreet.wordpress.com/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/EmilyJuneStreet

Her latest book is The Gantean, an epic fantasy of clashing cultures, identity, magic, and love:

TGCOVER

 

 

FLASHDOGS

Beth and Emily both have stories in these volumes put out for charity by the global flash fiction group, The FlashDogs.

The SOLSTICE books are now out and available. Let the dogs out:

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AND there’s a promo on the original anthology. It’s only $0.99!

Five Hundred Words of Magic Now Available!

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LCP’s latest ebook is now available! Try twenty-nine flash fiction stories about magic by twelve authors!

Links for purchase:

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Their Guardian Generals by Catherine Connolly

Bong hears the chuckle begin and scoops Chin up, holding her close as she runs. Luckily, they are yards away from the group of pillars rising tall at the edge of the trees, no more. Several quick steps and they are beyond their boundaries and amongst the whittled wooden bodies. Bong holds Chin’s hand, as she traces the edges of the Great General and his black inscriptions with her nails. He doesn’t seem to mind. His laugh, at least, is still loud, above that of the others; his mouth wide and gaping, as he mocks into their masses before him.

It is a night since they last laughed. Though she, at least, has heard them again. Eun. Hwan. So many more. Far too many. “Hold tight to the General,” Bong says, as she turns towards the lamps. Darkness is descending into their light – testing their warriors where they stand. “Turn away and keep him at your back,” Bong says, voice firm. “No peeking now! You know what you’ve been told?” Bong exchanges a glance with Suk, who sits cross-legged nearby – back already turned, before his eyes dart away. She thinks she sees him close them, before he presses his hands tightly to his ears.

Chin sighs before obeying. “But I want to see!”

“No,” Bong says. “You don’t. You’re on a promise now. No turning ‘til they’re gone and the Generals have sent them away. You remember what we’ve said before?” Chin pauses, then nods. “Now. Cover your ears. I’ll tell you when it’s safe. You trust me, don’t you? We’ve been okay to now?” Chin’s eyes look into Bong’s, as her head moves up and down. “So – hold faith with your favourite General.” Bong puts an arm around her; holding her to her side, whilst she keeps contact with their guardian.

There are twelve of them here, sitting, together – waiting for the noise to cease, though it is welcome, too, whilst it lasts. Perhaps others in the areas east, south and west. Perhaps not so many. Bong reaches her other hand towards Suk. It quests into air. Glancing sideways, not backwards – ever – she sees only unoccupied space. A flattened patch of green where his body had been. It is warm to the touch. Bong’s eyes are suddenly swimming. She closes them briefly; breathes in, then out, before opening them and keeping them trained on Chin. Their laughter is long, tonight – though she hasn’t kept count of the timing.

It takes Bong a moment to realise the din is no longer deafening her and that Chin is tugging at her hand; on both knees now. “Where’s Suk?” she demands. “He was there, wasn’t he? With us?”

“He couldn’t keep his promise to the guardians,” Bong tells her. “He had to see. Once he had, he had to go with them. The Whatevers. Wherever. He can’t come back. Like the others, remember?” Chin nods vigorously; mouth trembling. They will add again to the stone pillars beyond the wooden whittled bodies tonight.

Follow Catherine Connolly on Twitter: @FallIntoFiction or on her blog: http://www.fallintofiction.blogspot.co.uk/