Handsome Coffee Flash-Fiction Contest Day One

Writers young and old, amateur and professional, serious and frivolous, are all fueled by one thing and one thing alone . . .


It is the gas in our cars. The juice in our batteries. The fairy dust in our magic wand. It’s that essential writerly sustenance.

And so we’ve teamed up with our mustachioed and bearded barista buds at Handsome Coffee Roasters to bring you a highly caffeinated five-day flash fiction contest. You can tell a lot about a person based on his or her coffee habits. So every day this week, we’ll ask you to create a character based on how they take their coffee. Each day we’ll post a new prompt, and you’ll have 24 hours to write and publish a story in 100 words or fewer. Then one story will be chosen as the daily winner by the Figment editors, and the winning writers will each receive a bag of primo Roaster’s Choice beans from Handsome Coffee Roasters plus a Figment tote! Just tag your story with HandsomeCoffee and the day’s tag.

6/4 Prompt:
In 100 words or fewer write about a character who can’t function before that first cup. Tag your story HandsomeCoffee and CaffeineFiend1.

6/5 Prompt:
In 100 words or fewer write about a character who is trying to give up coffee. Tag your story HandsomeCoffee and CaffeineFiend2.

6/6 Prompt:
In 100 words or fewer write about a character who drinks java all day, every day. Tag your story HandsomeCoffee and CaffeineFiend3.

6/7 Prompt:
In 100 words or fewer write about a character who gets the jitters from too much coffee. Tag your story HandsomeCoffee and CaffeineFiend4.

6/8 Prompt:
In 100 words or fewer write about a character who is a late night coffee drinker. Tag your story HandsomeCoffee and CaffeineFiend5.

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 HandsomeCoffee and the given daily tag 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.

Want even more coffee? If you’re near New York City or L.A. (or have plans to be visiting one of those fair cities soon), then enter our Handsome Coffee Roasters giveaway below. One lucky winner will receive a half-day of VIP training from the Handsome Coffee team at either their downtown L.A. or soon-to-open NYC headquarters. You’ll learn almost anything you’ve ever wanted to know about java, including the beauty of a good bean, how coffee is roasted, and various brewing methods from champion baristas.

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4 thoughts on “Handsome Coffee Flash-Fiction Contest Day One

      • I wish we could write more than one hundred words. It sorta messes with the amount of detail you can put into it, and the amount that the character can say and do. Sorta like it’s stifling your creative passion.

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