Flash Face Off – 17th February

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Author: Kathy Hoyle

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

Scroll to the bottom of the page and find out what we’re actually doing>>


The week’s prompts are:



History is a wheel, for the nature of man is fundamentally unchanging. What has happened before will perforce happen again.

A Feast for Crows, George R. R, Martin

But often the great cat Fate lets us go only to clutch us again in a fiercer grip.

 The Curse of Eve, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Born free
As free as the wind blows
As free as the grass grows
Born free to follow your heart

Live free
And beauty surrounds you
The world still astounds you
Each time you look at a star

Stay free
Where no walls divide you
You’re free as a roaring tide so there’s no need to hide

Born free
And life is worth living
But only worth living
‘Cause you’re born free

Born Free by Matt Monro, John Barry


Experts in ancient Greek culture say that people back then didn’t see their thoughts as belonging to them. When ancient Greeks had a thought, it occurred to them as a god or goddess giving an order. Apollo was telling them to be brave. Athena was telling them to fall in love.
Now people hear a commercial for sour cream potato chips and rush out to buy, but now they call this free will.
At least the ancient Greeks were being honest.

Chuck Palahniuk, Lullaby


You say: I am not free. But I have raised and lowered my arm. Everyone understands that this illogical answer is an irrefutable proof of freedom.

Leo Tolstoy, War and Peace


Hands in the air palm forward with Yes written on the right hand and No on the person's left in white paint

Yes no choices on hands by Cottonbro at Pexels

Flock of seagulls on a colourless background—grey water and a white sky

Flock of Birds by Rashika Singhal at Pexels


Tarot Pack by Cecilia Miraldi at Pexels

Roulette wheel with green, yellow, red, blue, and pale purple chips set in rows around it

Roulette wheel by Pavel Danilyuk at Pexels

The Holy Bible on a gold lectern with gold flowers coming out from it on the bottom

Holy Bible by Pixaby 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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