Flash Fiction Challenge: Sub Genre Smash-Up

Posted: March 21, 2020 in Flash Fiction Challenge
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Right, welcome to the first of who knows how many flash fiction challenges. Rules are simple. Once a week I’ll post a challenge here. You then get one week to write and post a flash fiction piece at your online site. Leave a comment below to where it is so people can check it out.

This is, of course, shamelessly stolen from when Chuck Wendig ran these at terribleminds.com. I at least got a few pieces out of that.

So for this week’s challenge: the sub-genre smashup. Pick (or randomly decide) one sub-genre from each list. Your goal is to create a complete story out of the result. Let’s say 2k words, max. Deadline is 12 pm Eastern Time, 3/28.

Good luck!


Category 1:

  1. Weird West
  2. BDSM
  3. Grimdark
  4. sword-and-planet
  5. Jungle adventure
  6. Occult
  7. Body Horror
  8. Southern Gothic
  9. Hard-boiled
  10. Paranormal Romance

Category 2:

  1. Alternate History
  2. Cyberpunk
  3. Space Opera
  4. Cosmic Horror
  5. Diesel Punk
  6. Espionage
  7. Heist
  8. Ghost story
  9. Military sci-fi
  10. Superhero

Final word – feel free to tag back to this post and share it around with anyone you think might be interested.

  1. TJ Marquis says:

    Hi! Glad I ran into your tweet – this was fun. Hope to see what everyone else did :thumbs up:


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