Flash Face Off: A Weekly Writing Challenge from Writers’ HQ

Come in, sit down, let us tell you a tale…

Many moons ago, in a quiet room above a pub in Brighton, Writers’ HQ used to run a wee little night of fiction called Flash Face Off. It involved prompts and drinking and writing and sharing and gentle feedback, and was generally considered a Good Thing by all.

But those times are gone, and we are all stuck inside for the foreseeable, so we thought we’d take it – as the kids say – ONLINE.

Here’s how it works: 

1. Every Monday we will post up two opposing sets of writing prompts on this very page (eg: hot vs cold, or growth vs decay), comprising images, quotes, or interesting story starters.

2. Pick your side. Pick a prompt (or two, or more). And write a piece of flash, or a poem, or something in between (max 500 words).

3. Post up your piece on the Flash Face Off Forum (it’s private and free!) for feedback, praise, oohs and aahs, and suggestions from your fellow flashers. You will have until midday Friday of the same week to complete your story and post it up on the forum. Our team will do our best to read all the posted stories and contact selected writers to take part in the live Friday Flash Face Off.

4. Join us at 9pm that same Friday for a free flashin’ webinar session where we will invite writers to come and read their work (or we can read stories on your behalf if you prefer), showcasing a balanced set of flashes from each prompt. There will also be time for author Q&As, general writerly chat, and a vote for the winning story/prompt…

5. Next Monday, a new prompt goes up, and we do it all again…

Sound like your kinda thing? Excellent. Here’s some summarised info for ya:

What: Flash Face Off!

Where: Crowdcast. No download needed, just log in. Links to be updated as they become available

When: New prompts go up RIGHT HERE ON THIS PAGE (scroll down) every Monday. Live events every Friday from 9pm GMT (if you can’t watch live, you can still register for a place and watch playback at any time)

Register for Flash Face Off Friday 29 May >>

Register for Flash Face Off Friday 5 June >>

Register for Flash Face Off Friday 12 June >>

Register for Flash Face Off Friday 19 June >>

Register for Flash Face Off Friday 26 June >>

Who: Anyone* who wants to take part in a friendly, supportive, non-competitive weekly writing challenge and share their work with the frankly DELIGHTFUL Writers’ HQ online community (*teens and up with parental consent – there will likely be swearing)

Why: Because it’s a great way to practice, get feedback, and meet some lovely writers along the way


Where are the prompts? Right below this very sentence…


The two opposing themes for this week’s Flash Face Off are: NEAR VS FAR

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 29th May 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 29th so will get in touch with authors asap to sort out logistics…  (P.S. this is the first time we’ve run this – we’ll do our best to make it run smoothly while we work out the kinks!)

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


(image credit: Aaron Burden)

(image credit: Bruno Wolff)

“So far away
Doesn’t anybody stay in one place any more?
It would be so fine to see your face at my door…”
― Carole King (So Far Away)

“Let everything happen to you: beauty and terror.
Just keep going. No feeling is final.
Don’t let yourself lose me.
Nearby is the country they call life.
You will know it by its seriousness.
Give me your hand.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke, (Rilke’s Book of Hours)

“You do not have to be good.
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.”
― Mary Oliver

“Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city.”
― George Burns

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    Deni Double
    24 April 2020 9:07 am

    I’d love to join this as no writing done and this may stimulate me into writing again, only worry is the Crowdcast thing as only have an Acer tablet and iPhone to work on, can I access these live bits?

    • Hi Deni,

      Yep! You should be able to access the webinar on any device, just make sure you register for a place on the event you want to watch and you’ll get a link/reminder email before it goes live.

      Hope you can join us!

  • Sorry I missed todays flash contests hope to catch up Monday.


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