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Topic: Signed up for the Flash Fiction - yeeha!
Posted By: Suave
Subject: Signed up for the Flash Fiction - yeeha!
Date Posted: 04 Jun 2021 at 11:48pm
Just signed up for the Flash Fiction! I think it is my favorite 
with the Short Story coming in a close second. It is mostly 
that I get to write two stories, as I never progress, haha. If 
they let us do two of the SS then it would be my favorite, 
like the longer format.


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https://bit.ly/3pIQNg7" rel="nofollow - R1 Short Story Sci-Fi
https://bit.ly/3cCg0oA" rel="nofollow - R1 Screenplay - Thriller



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Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 05 Jun 2021 at 7:11am
Yeah, I'm in. Doing well in my first story last year was the moment I realised I'm not utterly hopeless at this.

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SS3 https://bit.ly/3bVhSbj" rel="nofollow - How Long Will You Need Me
SS2 https://bit.ly/3smRQ5P" rel="nofollow - Quadruple or Nothing


Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 05 Jun 2021 at 7:38am
Originally posted by theinquisitor theinquisitor wrote:

Yeah, I'm in. Doing well in my first story last year was the moment I realised I'm not utterly hopeless at this.

I also did well on the first story last year, then over reached on the second, sigh.
This year it is back to basics, just write the best damn story anyone has ever read.


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https://bit.ly/3pIQNg7" rel="nofollow - R1 Short Story Sci-Fi
https://bit.ly/3cCg0oA" rel="nofollow - R1 Screenplay - Thriller


Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 05 Jun 2021 at 7:44pm

Flash 2016 was the first piece of fiction I ever wrote. I consider it my "writer's birthday." I signed up on a whim after an ugly divorce to try something new. Had no idea what the heck-a-rooni I was doing. First challenge, I got 15 points. Second challenge, 12. It may have set up some unrealistic expectations. LOL

45 published shorts later, I'm here again. All in. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to not do Flash! It's too close to my heart.

Let's do this! 


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https://bit.ly/3jf4EZ9" rel="nofollow - SS C1
https://bit.ly/3sh8C6B" rel="nofollow - SS C2


Posted By: Popsicle Crows
Date Posted: 05 Jun 2021 at 8:58pm
I'm in too! My first year here but what a way to get pushed outside your comfort zone.
I usually write varieties of short stories but after writing my first script and becoming thoroughly enthralled by the whole idea, I'm starting to think in pictures and sound. Maybe it will help my regular stories?
Could be a disaster too but hey, it's cheaper than a night out and I'm getting more out of it. Plus I don't have to wear heels to do it.


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R1G10 https://tinyurl.com/2a356v89" rel="nofollow - Death's Apprentice
R1G18 https://tinyurl.com/yvdvehm6" rel="nofollow - Sparkling Stones


Posted By: Popsicle Crows
Date Posted: 05 Jun 2021 at 9:00pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:


Flash 2016 was the first piece of fiction I ever wrote. I consider it my "writer's birthday." I signed up on a whim after an ugly divorce to try something new. Had no idea what the heck-a-rooni I was doing. First challenge, I got 15 points. Second challenge, 12. It may have set up some unrealistic expectations. LOL

45 published shorts later, I'm here again. All in. I'm not sure I'll ever be able to not do Flash! It's too close to my heart.

Let's do this! 

File this under "Inspiration". :-)


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R1G10 https://tinyurl.com/2a356v89" rel="nofollow - Death's Apprentice
R1G18 https://tinyurl.com/yvdvehm6" rel="nofollow - Sparkling Stones


Posted By: SumFemina
Date Posted: 05 Jun 2021 at 9:40pm
Originally posted by theinquisitor theinquisitor wrote:

Yeah, I'm in. Doing well in my first story last year was the moment I realised I'm not utterly hopeless at this.

Ditto for me in this year's short story contest! I had never entered a contest before and making it past the first round made me so happy!


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https://docs.google.com/document/d/1R8C9pnLWVi4LY5SGHjxBQFLcc4SQ9duKdrSmGf6tuzc/edit?usp=sharing


Posted By: jennifer.quail
Date Posted: 06 Jun 2021 at 10:50am
Let's face it, I'm addicted.

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Micro100 G29: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic40686_post421518.html#421518" rel="nofollow - The Twins and Toby Too-Tall In Hot Pursuit


Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 06 Jun 2021 at 11:18am
I've been on the fence; I generally don't do well with short deadlines.  Brilliance requires time to get into my character's head, which can be disorienting and uncomfortable given some of the things my characters do...  Ouch

On the other hand, not bad practice.  Given the population of writers I admire that do this I'm probably in as well.


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Posted By: Tess2019
Date Posted: 07 Jun 2021 at 10:30am
I am in, too. This was my first foray in to the world of flash fiction contests. Now, I think I have four or five regulars. Cannot wait for this :) 

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Please read my newest entry in the 2021 Microfiction 1st Round story titled https://bit.ly/3hMthxD" rel="nofollow - The Color of Her Blood


Posted By: chrissie0707
Date Posted: 07 Jun 2021 at 5:40pm
Definitely in. 

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MF250 Final https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic39051_post413219.html#413219" rel="nofollow - Awakening


Posted By: catnamedeaster
Date Posted: 07 Jun 2021 at 6:03pm
Last year's Flash was also my first NYCM contest, and first writing contest I'd ever entered. I've entered every NYCM contest since, and it feels like the beginning of a new year. My goal is to do better than I did last year (I managed 1 point total between the first two stories). So we'll see. 

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SC R2 https://bit.ly/3cdSxt1" rel="nofollow - As the Stars Still Shine
MCF100 CH1 https://bit.ly/340YncF" rel="nofollow - Cry Uncle


Posted By: Nimhathuna
Date Posted: 07 Jun 2021 at 6:26pm
Last year's Flash was also my first dipping of a literary toe in the water. However, I'm giving this one a miss. Donning the academic hat for a while. Priorities rule. Smile

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https://bit.ly/2TDhJ5W" rel="nofollow - Screenplay R2:GR4: Rom-com: Matthew Meets His Match


Posted By: manifestlynot
Date Posted: 07 Jun 2021 at 6:39pm
I love Flash but always crap out in the semifinals. Ah well, what else am I going to do with 50 bucks??

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SS R3: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic41721_post432613.html#432613" rel="nofollow - Debridement
Screenplay R2: https://bit.ly/34EdqcT" rel="nofollow - Hope Strings Eternal


Posted By: VeeRob3299
Date Posted: 08 Jun 2021 at 10:58am
I signed up for the Flash Fiction event too.  If I make it past the first round in 100 word Microfiction, I'll have two challenges in the month of July.  This should be fun.

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100 Word Microfiction
R1 Group 29
Genre: Action/Adventure
Action: Hanging Laundry
Word: start

https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic41003_post422516.html" rel="nofollow - The Annual Housework Games


Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 09 Jun 2021 at 10:39am
Oh.  Poo.  Round two is right smack in the middle of what should be my first vacation since May of 2019. 

Might go visit the northeast since I don't do masks and Europe is still in panic mode.  We'll see how well sanity spreads.


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Posted By: jhenn
Date Posted: 09 Jun 2021 at 2:29pm
Just paid my entry fee. 

My first Flash Fiction entry (another comp) ended up with an HM and published in a short story collection. I kind of shake my fist at them now, since it made me think I could do this well... Dang. 

The process is the fun part, and I learn something every time. Right? Right???!?


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SSC R2 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic39499_post417849.html#417849" rel="nofollow - Snatched!
SSC R1 https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-g61-coup-de-lune-hf_topic38352.html" rel="nofollow - Coup De Lune (2nd)


Posted By: kristina_f
Date Posted: 09 Jun 2021 at 3:14pm
Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Oh.  Poo.  Round two is right smack in the middle of what should be my first vacation since May of 2019. 

Might go visit the northeast since I don't do masks and Europe is still in panic mode.  We'll see how well sanity spreads.

Why are you making passive aggressive digs on a writing forum? 'Sanity spreads' has negative implications on views I am sure many on these forums hold. It's a divisive and stressful topic that has nothing to do with these forums and there is already so much commentary, debate, and even public rallies on it elsewhere. 

If your story prompts came up and you used them to make scathing commentary on this subject, I'd be 100% on your side for sharing your vision and views. But the forums do stick mostly to writing and the contests.

At the very least, from a purely writer's craft perspective, if you're going to do this sort of thing, can you not make the segue so ugly? It's contrived. 


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MF 100:
R1: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-gr25-mausoleum-in-the-sky-hist-fic_topic40697.html" rel="nofollow - Mausoleum in the Sky


Posted By: kristina_f
Date Posted: 09 Jun 2021 at 3:19pm
Also paid up today. Today I'm thinking more about the entry fee than the contest, but by tomorrow that will flip and I'll feel good about it.

Provided money isn't an issue in a given year, I think I'll do flash, micro, micro. Maybe some day I'll have a go at one of the screenplay challenges just to see. 


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MF 100:
R1: https://forums.nycmidnight.com/r1-gr25-mausoleum-in-the-sky-hist-fic_topic40697.html" rel="nofollow - Mausoleum in the Sky


Posted By: NMiller
Date Posted: 09 Jun 2021 at 4:35pm
I'm in, just signed up. Competitions appear to be the only way to get me writing these days.
Wacky prompts ahoy!


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100M 2021 https://tinyurl.com/42yw2spt" rel="nofollow - Paved Paradise
SS R1 2021 https://tinyurl.com/w6crr237" rel="nofollow - Family Jewels


Posted By: Nimhathuna
Date Posted: 09 Jun 2021 at 7:10pm
Originally posted by kristina_f kristina_f wrote:

Originally posted by Random Random wrote:

Oh.  Poo.  Round two is right smack in the middle of what should be my first vacation since May of 2019. 

Might go visit the northeast since I don't do masks and Europe is still in panic mode.  We'll see how well sanity spreads.

Why are you making passive aggressive digs on a writing forum? 'Sanity spreads' has negative implications on views I am sure many on these forums hold. It's a divisive and stressful topic that has nothing to do with these forums and there is already so much commentary, debate, and even public rallies on it elsewhere. 

If your story prompts came up and you used them to make scathing commentary on this subject, I'd be 100% on your side for sharing your vision and views. But the forums do stick mostly to writing and the contests.

At the very least, from a purely writer's craft perspective, if you're going to do this sort of thing, can you not make the segue so ugly? It's contrived. 

Well said. I couldn't agree more. Keep your commentary (for want of a better word) for your writing. A writing forum is not the place for soapboxing. All the best from this European mask wearer, who I assure you never panics.  




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https://bit.ly/2TDhJ5W" rel="nofollow - Screenplay R2:GR4: Rom-com: Matthew Meets His Match


Posted By: BethanyDawn
Date Posted: 11 Jun 2021 at 3:51pm
My introduction to NYCM was Flash19. This will be my 3rd to participate in! Also jumped in on 100 Word Micro this year. I'm definitely hooked for life now. 

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https://tinyurl.com/yjm3r364" rel="nofollow - Micro100 2021 R1 Important Please Read Carefully
https://tinyurl.com/3vkxms" rel="nofollow - FF2020 R1 When a Witch Gives You Lemons


Posted By: BarbaraFL
Date Posted: 12 Jun 2021 at 4:19pm
In! I love the flash fiction one. I am finding that though I choke at a certain point in every contest (LOL), the assigned prompts are really helping me with plot and unfamiliar genres. 


Posted By: lisafox10800
Date Posted: 12 Jun 2021 at 4:46pm
Taking a break for the first time since 2016. Good luck, everyone!



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Posted By: Draiglas
Date Posted: 12 Jun 2021 at 5:13pm
I've signed up. I've not done the flash fiction contest yet so curious to see what it's like.

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https://forums.nycmidnight.com/topic39521_post417976.html#417976" rel="nofollow - Short Story R2 - Atychiphobia

Short Story R3 (not on forum but can PM if you're really keen) - R. v R


Posted By: marcwest
Date Posted: 15 Jun 2021 at 10:12pm
I've written a few for fun. This will be my first flash fiction contest. Looking forward to the challenge.



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