December Fiction Fest: Seasonal Short-Short Story Challenge

The end of November is here. Do we hear shouts of success or at least sighs of relief from our NaNoWriMo warriors? Congrats to all of you!

Before you get too settled with that cup of tea, though, take notice: we’re launching a Fiction Fest Challenge during the month of December! Yes, we know everybody is busy, but this will be fun, a little time out from all those other “things to do” to keep your fiction-writing brain cells ticking.

How It Works:

Each Friday during December (at least through the 21st), we will post a writing prompt here in the Fiction Blog. In response, you’ll write a piece of short-short fiction (500–750 words or so) that touches on a holiday or seasonal theme.

When you’re done, post your piece on your blog and link to it in a COMMENT on the relevant Fiction Fest blog post by the following Wednesday. Then we will all do a blog-hopping dance over to read each other’s fiction. We have visions, not of sugarplums, but of all sorts of great little stories popping up in your links at WSS. 

Some of you may already have a story that touches on the holiday season in some way; if so, link it up (or an excerpt, if it’s long). If not, take a little time out of your busy holiday days and write something for the Fiction Fest. Let’s see how our holiday frantic-ness translates into short fiction!

Here’s your first prompt:

A photo of an elf. An old elf. A good elf? A bad one? To whom does he belong? Why is he hiding in the tree? Who put him there? What’s going on in the room around him? You know what to do . . .

Write away, and post your link in the Comments by midnight, Wednesday, December 5. Have fun!

Elf / Gerry Wilson

11 comments for “December Fiction Fest: Seasonal Short-Short Story Challenge

  1. Amy
    November 30, 2012 at 11:31 am

    Can’t wait to read what folks write. This is going to be a blast!

  2. November 30, 2012 at 12:26 pm

    Sounds great! And I love that picture. 😀

  3. December 3, 2012 at 9:02 pm

    I’ve made my first stab at this seasonal challenge. I hope everyone enjoys this little tale.

    • December 3, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Good for you, Claudsy! I’m headed over to read right now.

  4. December 3, 2012 at 9:14 pm

    Here’s mine–a little story called “Imagine”:

  5. December 3, 2012 at 9:30 pm

    Feel free to use the elf photo in your post, as Claudsy did. It’s mine, and it’s fine with me!

  6. Amy
    December 4, 2012 at 4:16 pm
  7. December 5, 2012 at 10:23 am

    Here’s my Elf Story. Thanks for the fun prompt!

  8. December 5, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    Here you go:

    Also, an Elf-on-the-shelf rant that I thought was hilarious

    You all know I’m an E-On-the-S loser, too.

    • Becca
      December 5, 2012 at 8:26 pm

      Holy cow, I almost peed my pants reading that rant, Kasie. Hilarious!

  9. December 8, 2012 at 3:51 pm

    Well, I’m running late, but here it is:

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