The 2019 competition is underway!  From an original field of 3,700+ writers participating from around the world and after 3 intense challenges, 77 finalists were challenge to create a 1,000 word story based on the final assignment of the competition:


Genre: Open

Location: A cloud or clouds

Object: Binoculars


Congratulations to the Regan Puckett (Springfield, MO, USA) for winning the 2019 competition with her final round story, "Taking Flight"!  View the full results below.  Thanks to all that participated this year for submitting so many amazing stories!


#1 - ''Taking Flight'' by Regan Puckett SYNOPSIS - After her death, a mother must watch her husband and daughter learn to survive without her wing to guide them.

#2 - ''As Close as Your Heart'' by Melinda Hagenson SYNOPSIS - After her mama dies, Shelby goes to live with a man who reminds her of someone, but she can’t quite place him.

#3 - ''Like Mist on Metal'' by Allison Rassmann SYNOPSIS - We’ve been harvesting our water for those Earthsiders for years, and now it’s all dried up like spittle in the sun. Now us Cloudfolk gotta make a decision: to save them, or ourselves?

#4 - ''The Promise of a Goddess'' by C. G. Honor SYNOPSIS - Ezrena witnesses a war among her creations, but her focus shifts to a young soldier in the last moments of his life.

#5 - ''STARGULLS AND CLOUDHOPPERS'' by B.A. Peterson SYNOPSIS - Airship deckhand Talis Yun spends her free hours with her sights on the clouds. Her cantankerous Captain Ironhand brings her back down to earth.

#6 - ''The Smear'' by Karl Winnower SYNOPSIS - A boy’s first experience with death reveals an encroaching, darker reality.

#7 - ''Afraid'' by Madison Gray SYNOPSIS - When Leah’s professor accuses her of cowardice, she goes to irrational lengths to prove him wrong.

#8 - ''Detachment'' by Lewis Holliday SYNOPSIS - Two mountaineer brothers are struck by crippling visibility issues during their descent of Mount Everest.

#9 - ''Disconnected'' by Jennifer Moore SYNOPSIS - After an AI residing in The Cloud interrupts modern technology infrastructure, humans are desperate for connection.

#10 - ''Falling'' by Emily Andras SYNOPSIS - A prison isn’t only physical. After an unexpected attack in the clouds, Lyssa must engineer a prison break in a cell where the only guard is fear.

#HM - ''Starlight'' by Gretchen Hopkins SYNOPSIS - Stranded on the edge of the universe, siblings look for deliverance in the birth of a star.

#HM - ''The Cloudbreather'' by Topher Daniel SYNOPSIS - When clouds that reveal a person’s deepest secrets enshroud Ophelia’s town, she must either hide herself from the world or seek the help of the mysterious Cloudbreather.

#HM - ''The Siren's Call'' by Laura Jedeed SYNOPSIS - As ominous clouds roll over the drop zone, a platoon of paratroopers decides to chance one last jump before deployment.

#HM - ''Buoyant'' by Catherine T. Ricardo SYNOPSIS - A shared genetic mutation complicates things for an expectant couple.

#HM - ''The Stand at Cloud Mesa'' by Daniel Malossi SYNOPSIS - Synopsis: Stranded in a wasteland, two lovers must weigh returning to an unforgiving homeland that considers them criminals.



Links & Rules

Challenge #1: Kickoff Email | Assignments | Results

Challenge #2: Kickoff Email | Assignments | Results

Challenge #3: Kickoff Email | Assignments | Results

Challenge #4: Kickoff Email


Rules: Official Rules & Participation Agreement



The Flash Fiction Challenge is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create short stories (1,000 words max.) based on genre, location, and object assignments in 48 hours. Each writer will participate in at least 2 writing challenges and as many as 4 depending on how well they place in each challenge.  When the competition begins, writers are placed in groups where they will be judged against other writers within their same group.  Each group receives its own unique genre, location, and object assignments (see past examples here).  After 2 challenges, the top 5 writers that score the highest advance to the next challenge.  In Challenge #3, writers are placed in new groups and given a new genre, location, and object assignment.  The top 3 writers from each of the groups in Challenge #3 advance to the fourth and final challenge of the competition where they are given the final genre, location, and object assignment and compete for thousands in cash and prizes.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition below or click here for a more detailed description of how the competition works.  Good luck writers!


Registration is now closed.  We will have more competitions in 2019, so make sure to join our mailing list and follow us on facebook and twitter to be the first to know about the next challenge.





While we send e-mails at the beginning of each round to all registered writers, many times e-mails go to junk mail folders, spam, or are blocked by servers for unknown reasons.  We recommend that everyone marks their calendars with the start dates of each round, especially the first challenge at 11:59PM EDT (New York time) on July 12th, 2019, so that you know when to expect an e-mail!


  Challenge #1: July 12-14, 2019
  Challenge #2: September 13-15, 2019
Challenge #3: November 8-10, 2019
Challenge #4: December 13-15, 2019



Not only does every writer receive feedback from the judges for every story that is submitted, but a special review forum is available for the participants to submit their stories for review from fellow writers throughout the competition.  During the last Flash Fiction Challenge, there were nearly 17,000 comments made on the 1,000+ stories shared on the forum.  Click here to visit the forums.



Dawn F.
Indianapolis, USA
“That was exciting! Nothing like a tight deadline to get the creative juices flowing.”
Fiona Y.
San Diego, USA
“What an exciting opportunity. When you've got such a tight box to fit your story into, you become exquisitely aware of each word. Great fun.”
Katie P.
Pittsburgh, USA
“I feel like I just finished a marathon! What a rush!” 
Mary-Ellen Q.
Sydney, Australia
“Yay! I just submitted my NYC Flash Fiction entry for Round 1! I had an enormous amount of fun writing it. Best of luck to everyone in the competition.”
Ted B.
Santa Rosa, CA
“Yikes. 1,000 words comes up quick. So does 48 hours. Definitely reached a point where I knew I had to leave out so much that I had envisioned. Once I finished writing the ending I was able to go back and cut some dead weight so that I could slip in some explanatory details. Then I had to cut some more to get back to 1,000 words. On the nose. Submitted with maybe a minute or two to spare. What a rush!”
Catherine B.
Woodland, USA
“First draft 1482 words! Yikes! 5 drafts later, 984 words! Hurray! My first horror story.”










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