Dreamless Flash Fiction Week: Day One

In Dreamless, by Josephine Angelini, Helen Hamilton literally goes to hell and back. Every night.

She’s doing it to stop an endless cycle of revenge, set off centuries ago by the Furies—three goddesses who say the cycle is necessary to avoid the destruction of the entire world.

Now, if you spent your nights running through meadows filled with golden retriever puppies, that would probably leave you feeling a little sleepless and stressed the next morning. So imagine what it must be like to walk through Hades every night. Not. Fun.

This week, we’re hosting a five-day flash-fiction contest inspired by the not-so-cuddly places Helen visits in the Underworld. Every day, we’ll give you a new setting from the book. Your task: use it is as inspiration for a story of 100 words or fewer.

Today, we visit the Crumbling Mansion:

Helen slid back with a gasp until she was dangling from her rigid fingertips. Six stories beneath her kicking feet was a dead flowerbed, littered with moldy bricks and slates that had slid off the roof of the dilapidated mansion and broken into bits. She didn’t have to look down to know that the same would happen to her if she lost her grasp on the crumbling window ledge. She tried again to swing a leg up and catch it on the windowsill, but the more she kicked the less secure her grip became.

5/28 prompt:
Write a story of 100 words or fewer, set in an old mansion.

5/29 prompt:
Write a story of 100 words or fewer, set in an abandoned place.

5/30 prompt: 
Write a story of 100 words or fewer in which a character is trapped in a confined space.

5/31 prompt:
Write a 100 words or fewer story in which a character gets lost in a small space.

6/1 prompt:
Write a story of 100 words or fewer in which a character is caught in quicksand.

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 DreamlessFlash and DreamFlash1 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.

Enter your pieces (you can enter every day!) by 11:59 p.m. ET on June 1. The Figment team will choose the 20 best entries from the entire week and send them to Josephine, who will choose one grand-prize winner to receive copies of Dreamless, Starcrossed, and a $15 Amazon gift card. For each daily prompt, the Figment team will also choose one winning entry. Each of those five writers will receive a copy of Dreamless as well as the first book in the series, Starcrossed.

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20 thoughts on “Dreamless Flash Fiction Week: Day One

  1. Just wondering, does the judging of this contest have anything to do with how many hearts the story receives?

    • Hey-

      As long as the story was posted after the announcement of the contest and the tag is correct you’re all set! Best of luck.

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