Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Flash Fiction Carnival FAQ

What is a Flash Fiction Carnival?

  • In a Flash Fiction Carnival, participating writers write and post a flash fiction story in their blog based on the theme chosen by the FFC host for that carnival. Flash fiction stories are short, usually limited to 500 - 1000 words, though each carnival will have its own specific word count range per the FFC host's guidelines.

  • Each person involved in the carnival then comments on the flash fiction stories of other members. There will be a minimum number of different stories each FFCer must comment on, but all readers are welcome to post comments on any or all of the stories participating in the flash.

Do I need to write in a specific genre?

No. Any genre is welcome. You can write what you're comfortable with or stretch a bit and try something different than your usual milieu.

What kind of themes are chosen?

Past themes included Beginning, Madness, and Transform. Ann Pino/BunnyGirl hosted Halloween and Winter Holiday themed FFCs in her writing blog as well.

How do I submit a story that's on my blog?

  • Write a 500-1000 word story that suits the theme of the FFC and post it in your blog. (Note: Length may vary per the preference of the individual FFC host, so please verify story length in the theme announcement and guideline post.)

  • Turn on your comments. You may leave comment moderation on, but people must be able to comment on your story post. Otherwise you're pretty much defeating the purpose of participating in a FFC.

  • Email the carnival host with the permalink to your story's individual blog post. Your email address MUST be valid so we can verify that we've received your entry.

Can I still participate if I don't have a blog?

Of course! In that case, you email your story to the carnival host to be posted here on the official Flash Fiction Carnival 2008 blog. Here's what you do:

  • Send us a short biography with your story. A couple of sentences are just fine.

  • Proof your story before hitting send. FFC hosts are not your mama or your English teacher and your story will be published as we receive it.

  • Send your short biography and edited story via email to the relevant FFC host. Your email address MUST be valid so we can verify that we've received your entry.

I saw this really cool flash somewhere else that fits the theme. Can I use it for my entry?

    Absolutely NOT! You are only to submit your original material to the FFC 2008 blog. You can read it at the bottom of the page, but here is our

    All participating authors are expected to submit their own original material. It is the responsibility of each individual to police themselves, not that of the blog owner or FFC hosts. In that vein, all participating stories belong to the author submitting them. This means © 2008. Thank you for your cooperation and veracity.


Anonymous said...

What info should be included in the biography that we send?

Virginia Lee said...

The bio should have a couple or four sentences about you. It can be why you write, what you do, who inspires you, whatever. It's essentially to give the reader a bit of insight to draw upon while reading your flash. If you have credits, feel free to mention them. If you don't, don't sweat it. This whole exercise is about encouraging writers to put their work OUT THERE. Your comfort zone is what matters. So many people never dare. The FFC is built to help people dare. Tell us what you want us to know about you and/or your writing. It's all up to you.