Week 20: Prompt

Turns out, if you Google "small town", my hometown is right there on top. I look forward to seeing your stories and if you have any suggestions for tomorrow's playlist, add it in the comments.


Week 19: Prompt: Oh, those summer nights…

Hi there. Well, now that we got off to a terrific start, let's keep the (flash fiction) party going. This week's prompt is SUMMER NIGHT(S), inspired by the heat wave that is baking my adopted homeland right now. As always, 500 words or less submitted by Thursday at 8 pm EST to mercurialstories@gmail.com. And please... Continue Reading →

Week 18: Starting Over: Stories

Hello and welcome to Week 18, Starting Over. This week we have stories from five writers (well, and my own as well, so six): Matt J. McGee, Tim Clark, Linda M. Crate, Deb Felio, and Sunil Sharma. Each story includes the prompt in a unique and compelling way, making this revival collection a really splendid... Continue Reading →

Week 16: Prompt

Hi there and welcome to week 16. This week the focus is on the structure of your story. I want you to write your story in the form of either a text message or an email (or series of emails). Try to make it unpredictable or unexpected. Dismiss the first three ideas that came to... Continue Reading →

Week 14/15: Prompt

Hi there. For the next two weeks, I will be busy with other projects so I have decided to do something different here. I am going to double the amount of words and time you have. 1000 words due April 12th, 8 pm EST. Send to the usual place: mercurialstories@gmail.com. And the prompt, which seems... Continue Reading →

Week 13: Prompts

Hello and welcome to week thirteen here at Mercurial Stories. Last week's prompt was a little intense so this week let's lighten up a bit with some jokes. I just finished reading A Horse Walks Into A Bar so jokesters are on my mind right now. This week, include a joke in the middle of... Continue Reading →

No. 12: Prompt

Hello, hello and welcome to week 12. Yesterday, scrolling through my Vimeo feed (yes, that's a thing) I came across this short film. https://vimeo.com/259677327 At the end of it, I thought, now that is a perfect piece of very short fiction. It revealed the characters without explanation. It had a rather traditional structure with a... Continue Reading →

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