Flash Fiction Becomes a Challenge

Written by Charli Mills

Charli Mills, a born buckaroo, makes literary art accessible at CarrotRanch.com. She writes about the veteran spouse experience and women forgotten to history.

February 20, 2014

Carrot Ranch Flash FictionAfter exploring options for developing the Carrot Ranch Flash Fiction on Wednesdays (beginning March 5), I’ve refined two points. First, I’m clarifying that this is a “challenge,” meaning that any writer can participate. Second, there will not be a link option in the body of the hosting post.


These two changes alter the rules of play. Here is what to expect:

  1. Flash Fiction at Carrot Ranch begins Wednesday March 5.
  2. New challenge issued each Wednesday at noon (PST).
  3. Response is to be 99 words. Exactly. No more. No less.
  4. Response is to include the challenge prompt of the week.
  5. Post your response on your blog before the following Wednesday and share your link in the comments section of the challenge that you are responding to.
  6. If you don’t have a blog, you may post your entry in the comments as long as it is business-rated, meaning don’t post anything directly on my blog that you wouldn’t want your boss to read. Your blog, your business.
  7. Create community among writers–read and comment as your time permits, keeping it fun-spirited.
  8. When the next challenge is issued, I will post the response links to the previous challenge.

At this point, I feel like the new buckaroo on the ranch, and I have no idea if the other buckaroos will want to play cards with me. That’s okay. We can start slow. The point is for the challenge to be engaging to writers, including me. I’m inspired by other creatives and want to meet people who are tackling the same writing issues as me.

If this grows into something bigger, I’m considering making the challenge a contest. Top three responses would be highlighted and one monthly winner selected from the top responses to receive food. That’s right, I said food. Fun, foodie, organic stuff that I have access to on the ranch. No, not carrots from my garden, but prizes from vendors in the natural food industry.

But for now, mark your calendar for March 5 and stop back next week for a final reminder. This buckaroo looks forward to meeting you and reading your responses!

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  1. sylvestermouse

    While I am personally over-committed myself at this time, I will still look forward to reading what others write. Sounds like a lot of fun and I know it will be quite entertaining.

    • Charli Mills

      Readers are welcome, too! It’s always good to know what to prioritize.

  2. Norah

    I am getting more excited! Can’t wait for the first challenge. Bring it on!

    • Charli Mills

      Glad you’re excited, too! Soon!

  3. Caffe Maggieato

    What an interesting prize – food! 🙂 Not sure I can commit to this but I’ll keep my eyes out for the posts. I’d also like to say that I nominated you for the Liebster Award. If you choose to accept the award (there’s quite a bit of work involved, you see) … just head on to my blog for the rules and questions you have to answer. Hope to see you there!

    • Charli Mills

      At Carrot Ranch, foods the best prize to offer! Even if you can play when you can, all writers welcome. Thanks for stopping by!

  4. susanzutautas

    Always love a challenge especially writing ones, so I’ll be back 🙂

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