Twitter Micro-Fiction Grand Champion – Lin Rice

We are pleased to announce that our Twitter Micro-Fiction Grand Champion is Lin Rice (@Mrlin13).

Lin will be awarded his choice of an Amazon Kindle or a $50 Amazon.com gift card.

Great work Lin!  You can see all of our winners here, and all of the contestants here.

This contest was sponsored by Capital Offense, which releases a new chapter every weekday at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com through January 31, 2014.  Check it out on their website, find them on Twitter @CapOffense or “like” them on Facebook here.

Thanks to all of the writers who participated in this contest.  There were so many fun entries to choose from.

Micro-Fiction Grand Champion Voting Ends Today

Head to Capital Offense‘s Facebook page to vote for the Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest’s Grand Champion by 5:00 p.m. today (Monday, 9/23).

We selected one winner from each day of the contest last week, all of which are candidates.  Your votes will determine who is named the Grand Champion and takes home the Amazon Kindle.

Don’t wait, vote now.

And be sure to check out new chapters from the contest sponsor, Capital Offense, at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.

Day 5 Winner – Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest

Kurt Stevens here, author of Capital Offense, proud to announce the winner of the final day of the Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest.  Check out my book, which is being released for free, a new chapter every weekday at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com before its traditional release on January 31, 2014.

There was not theme for yesterday’s contest.  And the winner is:

“Life in prison didn’t scare me. But not knowing which of my cats would eat the other first – that really stuck in my craw.”

Congratulations to Lin Rice (@Mrlin13).  Nice work, Lin!  You’ve won a $10 Amazon.com gift card.

Tweet @Mrlin13 some congratulations.

Don’t forget to visit my Facebook page to vote for the Grand Champion, who will win his/her choice of an Amazon Kindle or a $50 Amazon.com gift card. Voting will end at 5pm ET on Monday, 9/23.

You can read new chapters of my crime thriller every day at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.  Connect with me on Twitter @CapOffense.

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Micro-Fiction contest.  It was a lot of fun, and there were so many great entries.  Congratulations to all of the winners.

Day 4 Winners – Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest

Once again, Kurt Stevens here, author of Capital Offense, bringing new chapters of my crime thriller to you for free every weekday at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.  Please help me out by spreading the word about my book and this new publishing model.

Every day I’m choosing one winner to whom I’ll award a $10 Amazon.com gift card.  At the end of the week, all of the winners will be posted to my Facebook page (“like” it here) and you’ll be able to vote for the Grand Champion, who will be awarded their choice of an Amazon Kindle or a $50 Amazon.com gift card.

Today is the last day to participate in the Twitter contest, and there is no theme.  So get your stories in while you can! Get the details and instructions here.

I’m breaking the rules today.  The theme was JUSTICE, and there were TWO stories that I thought absolutely deserved a prize.  My publisher, Columbus Press, is supplying all of the prizes, so I think I can do that.  🙂

“‘But I no longer have a mistress,’ he pleaded. She smiled, then threw his pistol on the table. ‘Precisely,’ she said.”

This winning tweet came from Debra Fitch (@d_fitch)!  Never have I seen such a complete story in just 140 characters.  Great work Debra!

“When they recovered her cell phone from the wreckage, the unsent text read: ‘Meet me @ 7. I’m so hungry I could just d–‘”

This second winner came from Heather Shaw (@heashaw)!  I really like how this one specifically uses the restrictive character limit to enhance the story.  Whatever you write, always make the format work in your favor.  Great work Heather!

Make sure to tweet @d_fitch and @heashaw to show these contestants some congratulations on their victory!  Nice work to both of you!

And if you wouldn’t mind, check out the newest chapter of Capital Offense at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.  I really appreciate your support of this new publishing project, and I’m proud to sponsor this Columbus Creative Cooperative contest!

As always, you can find me on Twitter @CapOffense and on Facebook here.  Follow me on either one to be alerted of new chapters.  We also post bonus materials and other cool stuff on the social media accounts.

Good luck on the final day  of this contest!  Don’t forget to vote for the Grand Champion this weekend.

Final Day of Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest – No Theme

It’s Day 5, Friday, the final day, of our Twitter Micro-Fiction contest, brought to you by Capital Offense. New chapters of this crime thriller are released every day, for free, at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.

Keep tweeting us those great stories.  Be sure to include @columbuscoop and the hashtag #FFC.

Find all of the rules and instructions here.

There is no theme today.  Just so your story fits into a single tweet, send it to us.

Today’s winner will take home a $10  Amazon.com gift card, and have a chance to be named the Grand Champion (and win an Amazon Kindle) at the end of the week.  Kurt Stevens, author of Capital Offense, will choose today’s winner.  Today’s winner will be announced tomorrow (Saturday).

This contest is sponsored by Capital Offense.  Check it out at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com or find @CapOffense on Twitter.

We’ll announce the winner of Tuesday’s contest (theme “Justice”) later today.  Stay tuned!

Day 3 Winner – Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest

Kurt Stevens here, author of Capital Offense, currently being released in daily installments at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.

I’m pleased to give out another $10 Amazon.com gift card for our Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest.  Don’t forget, I’ll post all of the winners to my Facebook page at the end of the week, and then you’ll be able to vote on who should be the Grand Champion (winner of an Amazon Kindle or $50 gift card)!

After much consideration, the winner of Day 3, theme CAPTIVITY, is:

“He even tried letting them out of the cage at night—supervised, of course. But the damn pandas still refused to fuck.”

Congratulations to Brian Luke (@BrianLuke9).  Great story.  You’ve created a compelling character and plot that extends beyond your allotted 140 characters.

If you want to see all of the stories that have been submitted, click here or go to Twitter.com and search “@columbuscoop #ffc“.

We’d love for you to participate in this contest too!  It’s free and easy.  Get details and instructions for the contest here.

You can find me on Twitter @CapOffense here.  And of course, don’t forget to check out the newest chapters of CapitalOffense at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.  A new chapter is released every weekday.

Great job, Brian!  Everyone else, keep the good Twitter stories coming!

“Justice” – Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest Day 4

It’s Day 4 of our Twitter Micro-Fiction contest, brought to you by Capital Offense. In addition to the web release, Capital Offense is now available as an Amazon subscription here.  Subscribers will receive the content automatically downloaded to their Kindle every day.

Keep tweeting us those great stories.  Be sure to include @columbuscoop and the hashtag #FFC.

Find all of the rules and instructions here.

Today’s theme is “Justice.”  Your story does NOT need to include the word “justice,” but the story must relate to the idea.

Today’s winner will take home a $10  Amazon.com gift card, and have a chance to be named the Grand Champion (and win an Amazon Kindle) at the end of the week.  Kurt Stevens, author of Capital Offense, will choose today’s winner.  Today’s winner will be announced tomorrow (Friday).

This contest is sponsored by Capital Offense.  Check it out at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com or find @CapOffense on Twitter.

We’ll announce the winner of Tuesday’s contest (theme “Death”) later today.  Stay tuned!

Day 2 Winner – Twitter Micro Fiction Contest

I am Kurt Stevens, the author of Capital Offense, which is currently being released 100% online, for free, at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.

Every day this week we’re giving away a $10 Amazon.com gift card to the best Tweeted story.  All five daily winners will be placed on my Facebook page at the end of the week for your votes, and the top voted winner will be the Grand Champion!  The Grand Champ will take home an Amazon Kindle (or a $50 Amazon.com gift card).

After much consideration, I am pleased to announce that the winner of Day 2 – theme DEATH – of the Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest is:

“As she drew her last breath, her greatest regret surfaced. ‘If only I had turned to see his face.’”

Congratulations to Brittany Poast (@bpoast).  Nice work, Brittany!

Don’t forget, the contests continue all week, with a different theme each day.  Today’s theme is “Captivity” and tomorrow’s theme is “Justice.”  Just be sure to include @ColumbusCoop and the hashtag #FFC in your tweet to be considered.  You can enter as many times as you’d like, and everyone is eligible to participate, except the judge (me).

Don’t forget to check out my book at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.  You can also find me on Twitter @CapOffense or on Facebook here.  If you’d like to vote for the Grand Champion on Saturday, make sure to “Like” my Facebook page.

Capital Offense is now available for your Kindle as an Amazon subscription as well!  Find it here.

“Captivity” – Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest Day 3

It’s Day 3 of our Twitter Micro-Fiction contest, brought to you by Capital Offense. In addition to the web release, Capital Offense is now available as an Amazon subscription here.  Subscribers will receive the content automatically downloaded to their Kindle every day.

Keep tweeting us those great stories.  Be sure to include @columbuscoop and the hashtag #FFC.

Find all of the rules and instructions here.

Today’s theme is “Captivity.”  Your story does NOT need to include the word “captivity,” but the story must relate to the idea.

Today’s winner will take home a $10  Amazon.com gift card, and have a chance to be named the Grand Champion (and win an Amazon Kindle) at the end of the week.  Kurt Stevens, author of Capital Offense, will choose today’s winner.  Today’s winner will be announced tomorrow (Thursday) morning.

This contest is sponsored by Capital Offense.  Check it out at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com or find @CapOffense on Twitter.

We’ll announce the winner of Tuesday’s contest (theme “Death”) later today.  Stay tuned!

Day 1 Winner – Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest

I am Kurt Stevens, the author of Capital Offense, which is currently being released 100% online, for free, at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.

Every day this week we’re giving away a $10 Amazon.com gift card to the best Tweeted story.  All five daily winners will be placed on my Facebook page at the end of the week for your votes, and the top voted winner will be the Grand Champion!  The Grand Champ will take home an Amazon Kindle (or a $50 Amazon.com gift card).

After much consideration, I am pleased to announce that the winner of Day 1 – theme ESCAPE – of the Twitter Micro-Fiction Contest is:

“She thought she made it out in time. But, over the cubicle walls, he heard her fart.”

Congratulations to @BradPauquette.

You may recognize that Brad Pauquette is also the Director of Columbus Creative Cooperative.  For that reason, I tried to find every excuse to choose someone else, but at the end of the day, I truly felt that he did the best job of creating a story about the theme “Escape” in a single Tweet.  I convinced him to allow himself to be chosen, though I doubt he’ll accept the prize.

Congratulations, Brad!  You deserve it.

Don’t forget, the contests continue all week, with a different theme each day.  Today’s theme is “Death” and tomorrow’s theme is “Captivity.”  Just be sure to include @ColumbusCoop and the hashtag #FFC in your tweet to be considered.  You can enter as many times as you’d like, and everyone is eligible to participate, except the judge (me).

If you’d like to see all of the Twitter Micro-Stories that have been considered, you can visit this link or search “@columbuscoop #FFC” on Twitter.com.

What am I looking for? The challenge of flash fiction, whether it’s 100 characters or 1,000 words, is to quickly create character, plot and environment.  In the case of 140 characters, it’s your job to carefully choose words that imply more than they’re saying.

The shortest story ever written is Ernest Hemmingway’s “For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”  He doesn’t spell out characters and a plot, but they’re all there.  The reader is in a position to consider who placed the ad (ads don’t naturally occur)?  Who’s baby?  What happened to the baby?  The story is specific enough to prompt all of these questions, but allows the reader to supply all of the rest from their own life experiences.  That’s a beautiful thing.

For today’s contest, there were some great lines of prose that were submitted.  I simply felt that most of them weren’t really stories.  They didn’t paint a broader picture than what was literally in the sentence.

I felt that Brad’s, and a couple of others, truly created characters, plot and a sense of environment that the reader could take and extrapolate from.  I’m also looking for stories that creatively adapt the theme, and don’t necessarily take the most obvious avenue with it.  Brad’s story is definitely a creative adaptation of the theme of ESCAPE!

Keep the entries coming!  Today is a new day.

And don’t forget to check out my book at www.CapitalOffenseBook.com.  You can also find me on Twitter @CapOffense or on Facebook here.  If you’d like to vote for the Grand Champion on Saturday, make sure to “Like” my Facebook page.

Until tomorrow!  Keep writing!