One Isn’t The Loneliest Number

Hoorah! It’s microprose time again. I’m filling in for Christine through the northern hemisphere summer, and I’m so excited. Microprose holds a very special place in my heart. For the past three years, I’ve participated in a weekly flash fiction challenge (aptly called the 52-week Flash Fiction Challenge) that offers single word prompts. Each week, contestants are required to craft a flash fiction piece using this single word. Funnily enough, Christine also started in flash fiction, writing to single word prompts at Trifecta.

This month, I turned to page 50 of the book I’m currently reading, and chose the 50th word on the page. The prompt word, hand, comes from Junot Diaz’s compelling novel, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. So, this month we’re asking you to;

Give us your best microprose using the word “hand”, in exactly 50 words.

This is the badge you need:

Below is the YeahWrite badge you need for this month’s microprose challenge. Below the badge is a few lines of code. See that? Copy it and then paste it into the “text” or HTML view of your post editor. If you don’t copy it exactly, the image will not appear correctly in your post, and you will receive an error message when you submit the post to Inlinkz. If you have any questions regarding adding this code to your post or website, please contact us at

How to submit and fully participate in the Microprose Challenge

Basic YeahWrite guidelines: must be in response to the single word prompt hand; your entry can be dated no earlier than Wednesday, June 7th; fiction or nonfiction, told in exactly 50 words; no poems, please. You may enter only one microstory per monthly challenge.

How to submit and fully participate in the challenge:

  1. You’ll need to grab the code beneath the microprose badge higher up in this post and paste it into the HTML view of your entry;
  2. Follow the Inlinkz instructions after clicking “add your link” to upload your entry to this week’s challenge grid;
  3. Your entry should appear immediately on the grid if you don’t receive an error message;
  4. Please make the rounds to read all the entries in this week’s challenge; and
  5. Consider turning off moderated comments and CAPTCHA on your own blog.

Submissions for this week’s challenges will close on Wednesday at 10pm ET. Voting will then open immediately thereafter and close on Thursday at 10pm ET. The winners, as always, will be celebrated on Friday.

Thank you for sharing with us your hard work! Good luck in the challenge…

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About the author:

After a long stint as a Russian scholar and composer, Christine rediscovered her passion for writing in 2006. She joined the YeahWrite team in 2014 as the microstory editor. A lover of beautiful stories in small packages, her primary focus has been microfiction; she also writes flash fiction, short stories, and the occasional personal essay, much of which has been posted to her blog, Trudging Through Fog. Christine was a 2015 BlogHer Voices of the Year award recipient and Community Keynote speaker. Her short fiction has been published by MidnightSun Publishing, and she is currently editing her first full-length novel.

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