Flash Face Off Prompts (w/c 16th November 2020)

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The two opposing themes for this week’s Flash Face Off are: OPEN vs. SHUT

Use the prompts below and/or the theme to write – in any way that inspires you.

Pick a side. (Or write about both!)

Pick an image and/or a quote, or more than one, or a mix of the bunch.

It is tooootally up to you, so long as your writing has some kind of connection to this week’s themes and is no longer than 500 words.

You have until midday Friday 20th November to think, write, and post up your story to our Flash Face Off forums.

PLEASE make good use of these 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 your writing community).

We’ll be picking a handful of stories to be read on our live Flash Face Off online event at 9pm on the 20th November so will get in touch with authors on Friday to sort out logistics.

And that’s it! Enough preamble. Roll out the prompts!


(image source:  DDP)

(image source: Artem Beliaikin)

(Image source: Hansjorg Keller)

(Image source: Les Anderson)

(Image source: Jamie Street)

(Image source: Chris Barbalis)

“Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.
― George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone

“It’s doors I’m afraid of because I can’t see through them, its the door opening by itself in the wind I’m afraid of.”
― Margaret Atwood, Surfacing

“Always keep your heart locked tight, don’t let your mind retire, oh
But I just couldn’t take it, I tried hard not to fake it
But I fumbled it when it came down to the wire.

― Haim, The Wire

“You have the nicest window, you know? None of the others can even compete. It´s not flashy like the others, or bleary – your window gives off this nice, quiet light.” 
― Banana Yoshimoto, The Lake


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