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Every time I this thread title I feel like it's a medical condition, like a hematological disorder, or a reason to visit the fertility clinic.
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My challenge #2 flash fiction story that I submitted with two minutes to spare Sunday night is only 550 words. I had to write political satire and spent Saturday and most of Sunday completely uninspired and resigned to the fact that I wouldn't submit. I decided to give it a go at 9 p.m. and was pleased that at the very least I did submit a story. I know the judges will say that the ending is too abrupt because it is, but when you only have minutes to spare you just have to live with abrupt.

A couple of years ago I submitted a 420 word flash fiction story that I had to write while attending a weekend writers' conference. I wrote on my phone during the two short breaks we were given. I decided it wasn't worth submitting. I then drove 6 hours to get home. I walked in my front door ten minutes from the contest deadline and decided to submit. The story earned 7 points in 9th place.


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Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

Every time I this thread title I feel like it's a medical condition, like a hematological disorder, or a reason to visit the fertility clinic.

Haha!!! This made me laugh so hard, my cat fell off the sofa. And I don’t have a cat. ;-)
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In 2019, my ch2 story was under 900 words and I got 15 points. And this weekend was 938. :-)

Out of 15 challenges so far in Flash, I got in 980+ 12 times. But I would never worry the judges "expect" ~1k.
And I see too often when beta'ing for others that they've told too big a story for flash. The eventual haircut tends to undermine the character building that the story relies on. 
Use the words, but don't fret about being shorter than the max. :-)
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Replying to @Trond24 - I feel like I had forum skills once long ago but have forgotten them!

That feels like really good advice about story being the right size for flash.

My first year this year, spy in the first round, had an OK time with it given it is a genre I don't read as well as don't write but I feel like what I produced this time for Horror is objectively better. Discussing with people I write with and they said something very sound - this one is a story whereas that one was a scene. 

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Originally posted by Pajamas All Day Pajamas All Day wrote:

My challenge #2 flash fiction story that I submitted with two minutes to spare Sunday night is only 550 words. I had to write political satire and spent Saturday and most of Sunday completely uninspired and resigned to the fact that I wouldn't submit. I decided to give it a go at 9 p.m. and was pleased that at the very least I did submit a story. I know the judges will say that the ending is too abrupt because it is, but when you only have minutes to spare you just have to live with abrupt.

A couple of years ago I submitted a 420 word flash fiction story that I had to write while attending a weekend writers' conference. I wrote on my phone during the two short breaks we were given. I decided it wasn't worth submitting. I then drove 6 hours to get home. I walked in my front door ten minutes from the contest deadline and decided to submit. The story earned 7 points in 9th place.


I also got political satire (group 25). I got an idea for it fairly quickly, but had zero motivation to actually write it. I dislike anything to do with politics! I forced myself to start it anyways, started about 2 hours after assignments came out. I wrote about 68 words and was like "eff this" lol. Sometime Saturday evening I added 20 more. I finally finished it Sunday around 1 pm. Just before I went to bed (night shift worker) I had thought about giving up and not submitting. I'm glad I pushed through and did it though!
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I also got political satire (group 25). I got an idea for it fairly quickly, but had zero motivation to actually write it. I dislike anything to do with politics! I forced myself to start it anyways, started about 2 hours after assignments came out. I wrote about 68 words and was like "eff this" lol. Sometime Saturday evening I added 20 more. I finally finished it Sunday around 1 pm. Just before I went to bed (night shift worker) I had thought about giving up and not submitting. I'm glad I pushed through and did it though!
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Am I you or are you me? We sound the same including the bit about not liking anything political. I'd like to read your story so I hope you post it when we get the all clear. I'm in group 86. In our first challenge only one other person, besides me, posted their story and I was so disappointed because I love reading what others do with the same prompts I was given. Best of luck to us both.
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Originally posted by Will703 Will703 wrote:

I know there is no minimum word count, but I typically try to get as close to 1,000 (or whatever the maximum is) as possible. My friend entered with me this time, and she submitted her story in the 880s. It's a full story, and I like the ending, but she was up against the clock and got it in with 2 minutes to spare. Do you think the judges look down on leaving so much opportunity on the table?

Hmm. I would like to know how she makes out. I always have judges telling me I should have added this or that. I'm thinking...are you kidding? My story is 999 words. Yeah, I would have loved to have more development here or there but I am at 999 words. 

Sheesh!
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Originally posted by Will703 Will703 wrote:

I know there is no minimum word count, but I typically try to get as close to 1,000 (or whatever the maximum is) as possible. My friend entered with me this time, and she submitted her story in the 880s. It's a full story, and I like the ending, but she was up against the clock and got it in with 2 minutes to spare. Do you think the judges look down on leaving so much opportunity on the table?

BTW, low word count is a very funny topic for a post. Kudos on that one. Low word count. Hahahahaha.
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Originally posted by Pajamas All Day Pajamas All Day wrote:

Am I you or are you me? We sound the same including the bit about not liking anything political. I'd like to read your story so I hope you post it when we get the all clear. I'm in group 86. In our first challenge only one other person, besides me, posted their story and I was so disappointed because I love reading what others do with the same prompts I was given. Best of luck to us both.

I will be posting mine as soon as we can. Last round only 4 or 5 other people posted in my group.  I also like seeing what other people do with the prompts. And it's nice when the results come out to know the stories that place. (Either to go "that was a good story, they deserve it" or "WTF were they thinking placing that?" LOL) I am looking forward to reading your story, and will go read your round one as soon as I have a chance.  Good luck on the judging!
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