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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 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.

This week’s Chuck Wendig challenge. I can’t say I love the title, and I’m not sure I quite did it justice. Where’s the delight? Where’s the mania? Well, at least there’s some lust, right? Anyway. This was my take (and about 200 words over the 1k limit). Contains some adult themes, but then what did you expect?