Yesterday, I attended a writing workshop offered by poet, David Feela http://sites.google.com/site/feelasophy/, and he offered us this challenge:
Write a story using exactly 55 words. (Not including the title, although the title should lend depth to the story and be no longer than seven words.)
The story should open with a conflict
Have a resolution--hopefully with a twist or deeper insight
Here's one I wrote (not saying it's brilliant, but it will give you the idea):
I didn’t get the job, you say. There’s no room for me in your organization. Maybe you can use an arm, a foot, a little toe. Perhaps my head. But definitely not my heart. You offer me part-time work, and advise me to move on—seek full-time employment elsewhere. Meanwhile, you moonlight in my dreams.
Please send your entries (one or two) to me here, as a comment, by October 5. (Of course, I'll need a way to contact you, if you're the winner!) Or email me at: Suzanne.Tyrpak@gmail.com
Three people will judge these, and I will send the winner Flash Fiction: 72 very short stories--or you can choose a book of equal value from Amazon or Kindle. Winner to be determined by October 31.
I will also post the top ten entries here on my blog and on Kindleboards.
Hope you take me up on this--it's fun.
A hint: this can be a great way to recycle poems.