Flash Face Off – 9th March

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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:



But it is one thing to read about dragons and another to meet them.

Ursula K. Le GuinA Wizard of Earthsea


Sleeping on a dragon’s hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself.

C.S. Lewis, The Voyage of the Dawn Treader


Puff, the Magic Dragon, 

lived by the sea,

 and frolicked in the Autumn Mist in a land called Honah Lee, 

little Jacky Paper 

loved that rascal Puff, 

and gave him strings and sealing wax and other fancy stuff

Peter Yarrow Puff the Magic Dragon


Tis the night – the night

Of the grave’s delight,

And the warlocks are at their play;

Ye think that without

The wild winds shout,

But no, it is they – it is they.

Arthur Cleveland Coxe


Warlocks are dark sorcerers on a dark path. They eat the souls of their enemies to absorb their strength. I haven’t gone up against one of them in… a long time. I didn’t think there were any left.

Derek Landy,  The Skulduggery Series

A carnival Chinese dragon in the street

A carnival Chinese dragon by Vlad Vastenov at Pexels

A dragon masthead on a longboat against a grey sky

A dragon masthead on a longboat  by Nur Andi Ravsanjani Gusma at Pexels

A red Welsh dragon

A red Welsh dragon by Lisa Fotios at Pexels

A hooded warlock walking in misty woodland

A hooded warlock walking in misty woodland by Fariborz MP at Pexels

Spell books and wand balanced on potion bottles

Spell books and wand by RDNE 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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