Flash Face Off – 19th July

Hey hey writertron! Here’s your Flash Face Off prompts for the week.

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The week’s prompts are:



He was a deep thinker from an early age; it was a problem that would plague him throughout his life – he could be overly sensitive and prone to thinking about things too much. 

Rob Jovanovic


You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you.

Mr. Darcy, Pride and Prejudice


Losing people you love affects you. It is buried inside of you and becomes this big, deep hole of ache. It doesn’t magically go away, even when you stop officially mourning.

Carrie Jones, Captivate


When you’re testing to see how deep water is, never use two feet.

Ben Franklin


I must be a mermaid, Rango. I have no fear of depths and a great fear of shallow living. 

Anais Nin


Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect. 

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Ideas are like fish. If you want to catch little fish, you can stay in the shallow water. But if you want to catch the big fish, you’ve got to go deeper. Down deep, the fish are more powerful and more pure. They’re huge and abstract. And they’re very beautiful.

David Lynch, Catching the Big Fish: Meditation, Consciousness, and Creativity


Deep sea diver heading down

Deep sea diver by Jakob Boman at Unsplash


A bronze statue of a great thinker by Kenny Eliason at Unsplash


A deep cave with light shining down into it

A deep cave with light shining down into it by Ian chen at Unsplash

A pontoon over water with a sign that says shallow water A pontoon over water with a sign that says shallow water by Deleece Cook at Unsplash


A make-up bag filled with beauty products

A make-up bag filled with beauty products by Jhong Pascua at Pexels


What are these prompts for please?

Every week, we post a set of flash fiction prompts. You write a super small story (500 words or fewer), post it on our forums, give and receive feedback, and at the end of the month we pick our faves for a Friday night online open mic night. It’s pretty amazingly awesome and you should definitely join us. Yes you should.

It works like this:

Use the prompts to write in any way that inspires you. Pick a side, pick both, pick a quote or pick an image, or just go with the general aesthetic and vibe of the themes. Whatever floats your writerly hoozits. And remember—flash doesn’t have to be dark and traumatic to be effective.

Edit your writing into a beaut 500 word story and post it on the Flash Face Off forums (please submit no more than 2 stories per week thanks!)

While you’re waiting for the awesome writerly community to read your story and offer wise words and critique, read at least two other stories and give your constructive feedback.

That’s it! At the end of every month we gather all our faves and have a big ol’ open mic party. Sign up here.


Please do make good use of the workshopping forums to offer feedback to others, receive feedback on your own story, and tweak/edit as much as you like. This really is the absolute best way to develop your writing (and it’s a really nice way to be part of this

Ok now we’re really done. Go write.

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