100words.com is a web site that challenges writers to write 100 words a day for a month. Writers can then upload their batches to the web site to share with others. Site creator Jeff Koyen explains:
This is an exercise in disciplined creativity. Writing exactly 100 words at a time — not a single word more, not a single word less — isn’t as easy as it sounds. The word count may be arbitrary, but the motive is not. To borrow from Proust, the tyranny of rhyme often brings out the poet’s best work. By working within a standardized form, the writer can concentrate on other matters.
Flash/micro fiction fans might consider taking Koyen up on his challenge or just visiting the site to explore some of the uploaded works.
Drunken Boat, an online journal of art and literature, is looking for short shorts, very short or flash fiction pieces that meditate on the often paradoxical relationship between freedom and belonging for Issue 12. Writers might, for example, consider how consumer culture, dislocation or displacement, migration, interpersonal relationships, familial pulls, cultural and ethnic identification limits or expands ones notions of belonging and home.
1000 word maximum. Deadline is May 15, 2010.
To submit, go to the submissions page on the web site.
Questions? E-mail: editor @ drunkenboat dot com
Also, check out current Issue 11, which features a folio, Life in a Time of Contraction, a socially-conscious collection of nonfiction and visual arts, as well as a folio of sound art.