Friday, January 10, 2020

Watch This Space for the Return of the 55

Greetings, all. 

I would like to welcome you to the revival of the Friday tradition of the Flash Fiction 55, the first of which will take place January 31st. The challenge will post at Thursday midnight and be good thru Sunday, on the last Friday of every month. Your entry can be in any style or form, prose, fiction, non-fiction, and of course,poetry, so long as it consists of 55 words, and 55 only.

I had been hosting this challenge for awhile in honor of its originator, Galen Hayes and his form that never fails until my husband's illness accelerated and I became unable to do so. Kerry O'Connor generously took it up and continued it as a once a month prompt at the now archived Imaginary Garden with Real Toads. Since that forum is no longer available, and Kerry has indicated her approval, I hope to continue in that format now that my life has calmed a bit. 

For many of us who spent years regarding the Garden as our own favorite site for poetry, with its uniquely intelligent and multitudinous prompts and features, and its inhabitants as our cohorts in literary crime, its retirement leaves a bit of a blank spot. Other sites, new such as earthweal, and  old, like d'Verse will surely help to fill that spot, but it's a large hollow space, and it seems to me there is room for this challenge as well to keep us writing and to keep our community together. Plus, I am a huge fan of the 55, and often when I feel I can't write anything, it will prove me wrong by popping 55 words up for me. So here's to Galen, the 55, and all of you whom I hope will participate.

See you on the 31st.


  1. I am so pleased that you have picked up the gauntlet, dearie pie. 55 is, as you've said, a particularly useful and fun prompt that gives ideas when none are percolating, and also teaches brevity! Count me in, fo sho.

  2. I am excited and looking forward to it. I never did the flash 55 but I know it would help me to learn brevity, and I need all the help and practice I can get on that. Count me in two! :-)

  3. Yeah! Looking forward to it! Thank you for reviving it!

  4. Good to see you all!Thanks for stopping by and I look forward to what you may contribute on the 31st.

  5. How wonderful! I shall keep an eye(ball) open.

  6. Wonderful I ,miss the good ol’ Days��

  7. Yay. So glad to see you putting your 55 hat back in the ring. I'm lousy in the harness but will do my best to participate.

    1. I appreciate the sacrifice. ;) You also need to know you have written some excellent 55's, B. Your contribution is always much anticipated and appreciated whenever the mood strikes.

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    1. Extremely glad to hear it. I look forward to seeing more of your very cool illustrations, as well.


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