Flash Face Off – 19th April

A Flash Face Off Birthday Special!


It’s our 4th birthday this month, and we will be hosting a very special open mic hoedown to celebrate… country style! 

Grab your steeds, Cowboys and Cowgals and hustle on down to Flashy Kathy’s big red barn for a fabulous evening of good ole country hospitality! 

Bring along a fresh baked cherry pie, your dancing shoes and your favourite hillbilly cousin and get ready for some foot stompin’, fiddle playing, hog roastin’, rootin’ tootin’ festivities. 

Don’t forget to wear your best hat and breeches, folks; we’ll have prizes for best dressed king and queen of the barn! 

And finally, make sure ya’ll bring a story to read, too.

Here are this week’s prompts! Yeehaw!


The week’s prompts are:



A rhinestone shines just as good as a diamond.

Dolly Parton


Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkly clothes, and cowboy boots. I decided to wear a black shirt and pants and see if I could get by with it. I did and I’ve worn black clothes ever since.

Johnny Cash


The banjo is such a happy instrument–you can’t play a sad song on the banjo – it always comes out so cheerful.

Steve Martin


Like, what is the least often heard sentence in the English language? That would be: Say, isn’t that the banjo player’s Porsche parked outside?

Jackson Browne


It was like being at an Arabian hoedown with a band of psychedelic hillbillies.

Patti Smith, Just Kids


Dolly Parton in a pink sparkly dress with rhinestone guitar

Dolly Parton with rhinestone guitar by Dolly at Facebook

Old man with long beard wearing a baseball cap playing banjo

Old man playing banjo by Tim Mossholder at unsplash

Old red barn under a stormy sky with rocks in foreground

Old red barn under a stormy sky by Mick Haupt at Unsplash

A rack of colourful Cowboy boots

A rack of Cowboy boots by Andreas Rasmussen at Unsplash

A collection of rhinestone jackets in different colours and a cowboy hat

A collection of rhinestone jackets from Collectors Weekly


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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