The Binnacle Annual Ultra-Short Competition

The Binnacle Ultra Short Fiction CompetitionThe Binnacle will sponsor its Fourteenth International Ultra-Short Competition in 2016 and 2017. They are looking for prose works of 150 words or fewer and poetry of sixteen lines or fewer and fewer than 150 words.  A minimum of $300 in cash prizes will be awarded, with a minimum prize of $50. At least one of the prizes will go to a UMM student.

There is no submission fee. The deadline for submissions is March 15, 2017.

For more information, please visit their website.

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Annette Rey Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Annette Rey is the Readers’ Choice in this week’s Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. The winning entry is decided by the popular vote and rewarded with a special feature here today. (In the case of a tie, the writer who submitted an entry first is the winner per our rules.)

Without further ado, here’s the winning story:

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Flash Fiction Writing Prompt: Infestation

flash fiction writing prompt copyright KSBrooks strange bugs alligator alley 1998
Photo copyright K. S. Brooks. Do not use without attribution.

Use the photograph above as the inspiration for your flash fiction story. Write whatever comes to mind (no sexual, political, or religious stories, jokes, or commentary, please) and after you PROOFREAD it, submit it as your entry in the comments section below. There will be no written prompt.


Welcome to the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. In 250 words or less, write a story incorporating the elements in the picture at left. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.

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February Writing Exercise: Diffidence

writing exercise stretching-498256_960_720Our overworked administrator is getting a well-deserved break today, so we figured you all might like to take this time to exercise your writing chops.

Therefore, here’s a writing prompt for you; do as you wish – short story, flash fiction, poem, what have you. There is no deadline or word count restriction. Just write. (Comments are closed – write on your own.)

This week’s word: DIFFIDENCE

Use it however you’d like: as the title, in a sentence, or as inspiration. Ready, set, write!