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Congress of Rough Writers

Rough Writers - Web CompWitness great feats of literary art from daring writers around the world: stories crafted in 99 words.

Among the writers who work with the 99-word flash fiction format at Carrot Ranch are those who collaborate as a group to further this literary form. These writers are the The Congress of Rough Writers willing to craft anthologies, lead community workshops, and host world-wide writing contests.

Join in each week with Carrot Ranch’s Flash Fiction Challenge and ride with the Rough Writers as  a Friend. You can write with us or read our latest feats of brevity.

The following writers form the core of Carrot Ranch’s literary community and mount words on the page the way Buffalo Bill Cody’s riders once mounted horses in daring feats and fearless equitation. If you like their flash fiction, look for their blogs, articles, and books. And marvel at the global reach of 99 words.

Thirty writers began with 99 words; this is not your typical anthology. Now available in in print and digital:

The Congress of Rough Writers Flash Fiction Anthology Vol. 1 @Charli_Mills

We are the Rough Writers:

Anthony Amore, Southern Rhode Island, USA (Vol. 1)

D. Avery, USA

Georgia Bell, Toronto, Ontario, Canada (Vol. 1)

Kerry E.B. Black, Pennsylvania, USA

Sacha Black, England, UK (Vol. 1)

Sarah Brentyn, USA (Vol. 1)

NEW: Robbie Cheadle, South Africa

NEW: Colleen Chesebro, Colorado, USA

Norah Colvin, Brisbane, Qld, AU (Vol. 1)

Ann Edall-Robson, Airdrie, Alberta, Canada (Vol. 1)

NEW: Bill Engleson, Canada

Pete Fanning, Virginia, USA (Vol. 1)

C. Jai Ferry, Nebraska, USA (Vol. 1)

Rebecca Glaessner, Melbourne, Vic, AU (Vol. 1)

Anne Goodwin, England, UK (Vol. 1)

Luccia Gray, Spain (Vol. 1)

Liz Husebye Hartmann, Minnesota, USA

Urszula Humienik, Poland (Vol. 1)

Ruchira Khanna, California, USA (Vol. 1)

Larry LaForge, Clemson, South Carolina, USA (Vol. 1)

NEW: Deborah Lee

Geoff Le Pard, Dulwich South London, UK

NEW: Lisa Listwa, USA

Jeanne Belisle Lombardo, Phoenix, Arizona, USA

NEW: Elliott Lyngreen, USA

Sherri Matthews, Somerset, UK

Allison Mills, Houghton, Michigan, USA

Paula Moyer, Lauderdale, Minnesota, USA

NEW: Joe Owens, USA

JulesPaige, USA

Amber Prince, North Texas, USA

 Lisa Reiter, North Yorkshire, UK

Christina Rose, Oregon, USA

NEW: Reena Saxena, India

Roger Shipp, Virginia, USA

NEW: Susan Spitulnik

Kate Spencer, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

Sarah Unsicker, St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Irene Waters, Noosaville, Qld, AU

Sarrah J. Woods, Charleston, West Virginia, USA

Susan Zutautas, Orillia, Ontario, Canada









  1. ruchira says:

    Looks cool, Charli.
    Sharing it across 🙂

  2. […] Congress of Rough Writers […]

  3. It’s good to see names I am getting to know on this list. Feels like being a part of something..x

    • Charli Mills says:

      Oh, I’m so glad it has that sense! We have a friendly literary community and anyone is welcome to write with us. It’s under construction as I have a few details to work out. Keep writing writing with us and you can be a “Rough Writer” too! Not much to it…just hang out when you can. 🙂

  4. Gorgeous! Love the new look here. That “leather” patch is fantastic. And the map… Love it!

  5. Norah says:

    Looks wonderful, Charli. I like your vision and am honoured to be a part of it. The map is gorgeous. Georgia’s bio is great too! I’m proud to have been in from the very beginning. 🙂

    • Charli Mills says:

      Hi Norah! You must have just peeked in! I finally figured out how to arrange all the bios. At first, I thought I’d long scroll them under the map and link from the list. But you can’t link on the same page in WP. This worked out much better! Each Rough Writer will have his or her own page nested under the Congress tab. I’m so grateful for your continued ride. Honored to have you here, Norah! 🙂

      • Norah says:

        Wow! It looks fantastic!
        Thanks for letting me know about linking on the same page in WP. It is something I was going to try. I had looked up how to do it but it required using http stuff and I needed a little more time to figure it out. I still might have a bit more of a look because there are times when it would be useful. I like the way each writer is going to have their own page though. It won’t be so crowded that way. I’ll say it again – you are amazing! 🙂

      • Charli Mills says:

        That would be useful to know. I don’t think I’m up to coding it right now, and turns out I prefer the alternative.

  6. Sarah says:

    It looks great, Charli! Thanks for wrangling together this community!

    • Charli Mills says:

      Thanks for being a part! Still wrangling bio pages, but at least now I know what I’m doing! Some days I feel as though I rode out of the barn sitting on my horse backwards (technology does that to me).

  7. ellenbest24 says:

    This looks amazing my Father was a Jockey and loved my writing so the rough riders title tickled me.😇

  8. The links for past roundups only gave me this:
    Not found, error 404
    The page you are looking for no longer exists. Perhaps you can return back to the site’s homepage and see if you can find what you are looking for. Or, you can try finding it by using the search form below.

  9. Colleen Chesebro says:

    I wanna be a rough rider too! LOL! 😀 <3

  10. I don’t know what this all means, but this is really beautiful.

    • Charli Mills says:

      This is our regular crew of writers who collaborate on an annual anthology. We’re working on publishing Vol. 2, then we’ll add more Rough Writers and work on Vol. 3 next year.

  11. Gosh I love this. And I’m fixin’ to be back in the saddle very soon. School starts next week, the kid is doing well, and I’ll be on my own all day once again.

  12. What an amazing and enjoyable read (reading the digital version). I started yesterday after entering the final 24 hour free-write prompt of ranch romance, and before I knew it I had galloped through all twelve chapters in Part One. Looking forward to reading more today. Great work Charli and Sascha and all the contributors!

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