In Barry Lyga‘s I Hunt Killers (which you can begin reading on Figment) the bodies pile up quickly. And the second that first body is found, Jazz Dent—son of infamous murderer Billy Dent—knows that his quiet town of Lobo’s Nod is dealing with a serial killer. But it takes law enforcement a little longer to admit the truth . . .
Today’s Prompt: Informing the Public
Halfway to the Hideout, the Jeep’s radio—tuned to a local hard-rock station—broke in for a news brief, and Jazz heard G. William’s voice. He pictured the sheriff standing at a hastily arranged podium on the steps outside the sheriff’s office, probably wiping sweat from his brow with one of those special handkerchiefs, even though it wasn’t remotely hot out. Lights would flash; there would be a babble of voices from the reporters present, as G. William announced . . .
—from I Hunt Killers
Your challenge: Write a scene in which someone has to share some unpleasant news. You have until Friday, April 13 and 11a.m. ET to enter.
How to Enter:
1. Read the full rules.
2. Create an account on Figment.com.
3. Start a new writing of 100 words or fewer.
4. Tag your writing with KillerFlash and IHKfour on the Details tab.
5. Press “Publish Now.”
6. You should receive a pop-up confirmation of your entry, and in about two hours or so, your piece should appear among the submissions.
Remember, we’ll be selecting three winners per day to receive copies of I Hunt Killers, 172 Hours on the Moon by Johan Harstad, and The Drowned Cities by Paolo Bacigalupi (which won’t be out until May 1!), and, of those three winners, the writer of the best entry each day will also win a ”I Had a Killer Time with Barry Lyga” t-shirt. Check back every day this week for a new prompt and a new chance to win!
Check out the full list of I Hunt Killer prompts.