When I first read about the annual NYC Midnight Flash Fiction Challenge back in June I was intrigued. The idea sounded like a heap of fun, and a bit of push, which I needed as I am a total procrastinator when it comes to writing sometimes.
The way the competition works is this:
For the first round, I was mortified to discover I was allocated the genre of political satire, on a street corner, with a boomerang! People who know me know that I'm not very interested in politics and have a very basic understanding of how it all works, so I was feeling pretty out of my depth. I was absolutely stuck for the first half a day. I looked at the other allotted genres with envy. Ghost stories, fairy tales, murder mysteries. Why did I have to get political satire? Boo hoo. But, lucky for me there has been so much political shenanigans going on over the last few years I wasn't short of inspiration. But did I dare?
Having a strict deadline really helped me to knuckle down and get the thing done! I changed my mind a couple of times until I thought I had a decent idea on which I could build. One that was a bit out there, but I thought 'bugger it! Just do it anyway! The judges will either hate it or they'll see the funny side.' I still didn't think I had a chance.
I got the results last night for the first round. Part of me didn't want to open the email, the other part was itching to open it but also bracing myself for disappointment. Needless to say, I was astounded to find that I ranked fifth in my group!!! I had to check twice, but there my name was fifth down the list with 11 points! I was, and still am, absolutely chuffed.
I'm about to embark on the second round this weekend. I received feedback on my first story from the judges this afternoon and it was very constructive and helpful. The best $45 I've spent in a while, even if I don't get any further than the next round.
If you're keen to read the story you can find it by hitting the button below.
Just an FYI. I've drawn inspiration from a pretty controversial subject, so if you have strong opinions about the matter and can't voice them respectfully please don't share them here. Remember, IT IS FICTION, and supposed to be satire at that. Otherwise, please leave a comment to tell me what you think!
Who am I?
Hi, I'm Lisa. I'm a writer, educator, and creative type. I live with my husband and son in Canberra, Australia.