Jesse Bradley Wins 75-Word Conflict Prize!

Winner of the 75 Word Conflict Contest

The challenge was to write a 75 word story and use the following words: fish, nose, tangle. Thank you to all who entered! There were so many good pieces, it was terribly hard to chose!

The winner is Jesse Bradley. Here are his stories! I’m publishing all 3 of them because they’re all that good.

by Jesse Bradley

1. Fishmonger

You stand in the door, waiting for her to say something about your latest self-improvement, two fewer pounds. You watch her tangle a lock of her hair with her index finger. She finally looks up over her glasses, at you, crinkles her nose in that way you love, and then goes back to her book. You walk into the bathroom, open the bottle of diet pills, and vow to try and fish again next week.

2. Sleight of Hand
You make your nephew’s nose disappear and he erupts. You give him back his nose and the wails grow louder, tangling you and him to the dining room. You’re here because your dad caught you fishing for one of his condoms in his dresser. You need to see the consequences of your mistakes, he said. You wanted to ask your dad if you were a mistake but didn’t want him to add to your sentence.
3. The Pugilist 
You tangle the car around a light post for a good reason: to prove god doesn’t exist. Your evidence: your father’s body fished out of a lake, a bullet that took part of your nose during the second shooting at your high school, a month after the first. You left a note pinned to your clothes instructing the EMTs, the doctors, the coroners to not remove your brass knuckles, just in case you’re proven wrong.

“Kitsch Confidential” by Janice Leagra – Author Reading

Writing Kitsch Confidential

Kitsch Confidential by Janice Leagra was published in Ghost Parachute

“Kitsch Confidential” was conceived in Meg’s first Funny Flash workshop held in early 2018. It was my first ever workshop with Meg. It turned out to be a wonderfully productive experience. I ended the workshop with seven rough stories.

“Kitsch Confidential” came to me with the combined help of Meg’s workshop prompt and a Writer’s Digest writing prompt I had written in my notebook. Meg asked us to write about a real or fictional character and for whatever reason, Anthony Bourdain popped into my head. (This was a few months before his tragic death.) The result is this silly story. -Janice Leagra

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Janice Leagra is a writer and mixed media artist who holds a BA in English from Rutgers University. Her work has been featured at Spelk Fiction and is on the Bridport Prize for Flash Fiction 2017 shortlist. She lives in the US. You can find her at www.janiceleagra.com or on Twitter: @janiceleagra.

“Conflict in Flash Fiction” Workshop: Dec. 1st-14th, 2018

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“Needling Your Characters – Conflict in Flash Fiction” runs from December 1st – 14th.  The cost for new participants is $125 (or equivalent in your currency).

The focus for the workshop will be developing dramatic tension in flash fiction, creating stories that are not “vignettes”, but are fully realized stories with conflict and dramatic impact. During the 2 week period, I’ll assign 6 exercises focused on creating dramatic tension. Participants will write flash fiction stories (600 words or less) inspired by these exercises. Workshop member’s feedback on each others stories are highly encouraged, but not mandatory. To enroll, pay for the course here: Paypal

If you have specific questions, please contact me for more details.