Flash Fiction Challenge: Not In My Town

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Officer Stroud stood at the spot the mutilated body had been found last night. He could still smell the blood.

He knew exactly what had happened. Of course, he couldn’t tell anyone. They would think he was crazy. Even if they believed him, he couldn’t explain to them how he knew. No, he was in this alone.

Not this. Not in my town. As he replaced the bullets in his magazine with his own silver-tipped magnums, the moon crested over the horizon. He could feel the light from it searing his skin and he could smell the thing. It was near.

He looked up to see one of the carnival workers creeping along the opposite wall. In the moonlight he could see its eyes already beginning to glow amber…

Welcome to the Indies Unlimited Flash Fiction Challenge. In 250 words or less, write a story incorporating the elements in the picture and the written prompt above. Do not include the prompt in your entry. The 250 word limit will be strictly enforced.

Please keep language and subject matter to a PG-13 level.

Use the comment section below to submit your entry. Entries will be accepted until Tuesday at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. No political or religious entries, please. Need help getting started? Read this article on how to write flash fiction.

On Wednesday afternoon, we will open voting to the public with an online poll so they may choose the winner. Voting will be open until 5:00 PM Thursday. On Saturday morning, the winner will be recognized as we post the winning entry along with the picture as a feature.

Once a month, the admins will announce the Editors’ Choice winners. Those stories will be featured in an anthology like this one. Best of luck to you all in your writing!

Entries only in the comment section. Other comments will be deleted. See HERE for additional information and terms. Please note the rule changes for 2016.

Joe Wocoski Wins Flash Fiction Challenge

Joe Wocoski 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 entry:

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