12 Hours.  12 Cues.  12 Stories.

What is Flashathon?  It’s a 12 hour flash fiction marathon where a group of dedicated (or perhaps just crazy) writers will try to produce a new story and hour for twelve straight hours.

When is Flashathon?  Saturday October 22, 2011.  Noon til Midnight eastern time, 9am to 9pm pacific time.

Who is running it?  It’s a joint venture between Writerly Words and Unleaded Fuel for Writers.

Who can participate?  Anyone who wants to.  Join us for one hour, or six, or all twelve if you’re as crazy as we are.

Are there prizes?  There will be blog badges for anyone who participates in any two hours, in any six hours, or in all twelve hours.

Where do the prompts come from?  I was working this out when I got a barrage of volunteered guest inspiration thanks to the networking skills of others.  As of right now prompts will come from:

  • Danielle Ackley-McPhail
  • Day Al-Mohammad
  • Scott Andrews
  • Jennifer Brinn
  • A. C. Crispin
  • Laura Anne Gilman
  • James Morrow
  • Leah Petersen
  • Bud Sparhawk
  • Jean Marie Ward

How can I join in?  Be here at the blog noon eastern on the 22nd, get the first cue, and either use it to write a story or write a story completely ignoring the cue.  Or to write 500 words towards a longer work in progress.  Or outline a few chapters.  While the event is named after flash fiction, in practice it’s a free-for-all marathon of creative writing frenzy!


First publication, a warning.  Please note if you choose to post your flashathon entries in this blog, most publishers will see that as the burning of the first publication rights.  Depending on the modification a story undergoes, some publishers may have different definitions of what counts, just be aware that any attempt to sell your story in the future should include a mention of previous online posting.  This is a large part of why we’re making story posting optional.

Ownership.  All stories included in comments as part of the flashathon will be considered released under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.  The link will better explain what that means.  This blog claims no ownership of the stories beyond their initial posting, and will make no attempt to gain commercial advantage from them.

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    #1 by Sharon Wachsler on September 13, 2011 - 2:43 pm

    So, we can participate, but not post our stories? Just use it as writing practice, in other words.

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      #2 by DLThurston on September 13, 2011 - 2:58 pm

      Absolutely! While some people may choose to post their stories, I’m going to be relying entirely on the honor system for participation, as I understand not everyone may want to do so. This is about fostering creativity not imposing rules!

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    #3 by Dana Gunn on October 22, 2011 - 5:18 pm

    By the count on your post above, I only count 10 prompts. Did you end up with other folks after you posted the rules above?

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      #4 by DLThurston on October 22, 2011 - 9:51 pm

      I got one more after making that post, and the 12th hour was me.

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