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January 3, 2014

Birthday Writing Prompt Contest

I wish I could be a fiction writer. Maybe if I had more time I could be, but I don't have that kind of time or desire. However, from time to time I come up with a idea that I think would make an excellent plot. My birthday is coming up on January 18 and I want to celebrate with all of you. A few years ago a couple of lines came to me and I've have always wanted them turned into a story. (Remember, my favorite stories are often a bit dark or depressing - usually they have a happy ending, but not always)

Want to give me a gift? Take the following prompt and write a flash fiction story. But wait, there is something in it for you. On Saturday, January 11 I will post a linky and then I will let readers vote. Voting will be open until 6 pm EST Friday, January 17. The top 3 stories, chosen by readers, will receive a book store gift card (I will be the tie breaker vote if needed).

You have one week to perfect your story. You are to post the story on your blog or Facebook page. On January 11 (starting at 7:30 am EST), add the link to your story. (There will be a post specifically for the linky and giving readers some info on voting). The winners will be announced on Saturday, January 18.

Ready? Here's the prompt:

I can't remember the last time someone held my hand or warm arms embraced me. It has been a decade since another's lips have touched my own. Now, I sit here on my birthday... no party or well wishes, not even a cake. Is this my future, to wither and die alone?

Good luck! I'm really looking forward to what you come up with.


  1. This sounds fantastic!!! I'll see if I can join in on the fun. But I was wondering, will it have to be a full short story?? Or can it be on going?? Like a WIP....

    1. A flash fiction story usually is a complete story, but I have seen people expand on them. If you aren't familiar with flash fiction, do a search and you will find a lot of examples.

  2. Looks like fun! I'll try to do it. Any word count limit?