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Mercurial Stories is a weekly flash fiction project where prompts are provided on Mondays and stories are posted on Friday. Contributors can email their stories to mercurialstories@gmail.com. Stories must be less than 500 words.

I am starting this project to give myself a weekly short storytelling challenge so I do not neglect my writing during my intensive Japanese study. I am opening it up to others because collaborative endeavors are more effective but also because I know I am not the only one out there who needs a regular kick in the pants.

At this point, I do not have a limitation on how many stories I will post on Friday but will leave that as an option for the future, should the need arise. Stories can be submitted from Monday until Thursday at 8 PM EST. I will only include stories that satisfy the prompt and are readable. Stories with excessive grammatical errors will not be posted. I will not censor content.

So, in a nutshell:
-prompts are posted on Mondays
-submit to mercurialstories@gmail.com
-you can submit until Thursday night at 8:00 EST
-stories must be under 500 words
-stories must satisfy the prompt
-stories should be readable

There are no fees to submit and likewise, there are no payments provided to contributors. Perhaps that will change in the future. We’ll see where this project takes us. Okay? Okay.

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