Saturday Flash Fiction?

I’m breaking tradition this week. I ran out of time to do a post for Friday Flash Fiction but thanks to Twitter this morning, I ran into a site that was hosting a Flash Fiction contest.

Janet Reid is one of the best sources for good writing information on Twitter. She has a blog that tells it straight about successful querying and the submission process.  I have learned a lot from her over this past year. A noted literary agent in NYC, Janet is a no nonsense teacher and guide – a little sharky at times, but that’s what makes her special.


My entry to her contest is below. I enjoy the challenge of crafting a story in so few words. The guidelines were:

1. Write a story using 100 words or fewer.

2. Use these words in the story:


3. You must use the whole word, but that whole word can be part of a larger word. Thus: Billiard is ok but breach is not.


Flicking the last of the sand from under his fingernails, Max paid his bill at the Long Beach Motel. He was getting too old for this kind of work. He tossed the receipt in the garbage, sliding his Wayfarers down his nose.

The motel manager put out his hand. “Great having you here again, Max. Don’t be a stranger. And bring that pretty wife of yours.” Max smiled, returned the handshake and hefted the oversized duffel bag to his shoulder. “She’s always with me in my heart.”

Closing the door behind him, Max patted his bag. “Ain’t that right, babe?”

© Erin Leary

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