Weekend Writing Workout – “Postcard” Fiction

A few years ago I got uber-inspired when I read about a contest sponsored by the Writers’ Union of Canada (not to be confused with the Writers Guild of Canada). The contest is called the Postcard Story Contest and it’s open to all Canadian citizens and landed immigrants (sorry, you non Canucks and non Canuck-landed peeps). The challenge is “to create a dramatic, short, snappy piece in only 250 words. You can use humour, poetry, dialogue‚Ķanything goes.” Of course I love a good challenge, so I decided to write a postcard poem every day for 10 days. I figured if I wrote 10 I was bound to like at least one of them. This type of fiction is often called Flash Fiction or Micro Fiction. Keeping it simple, because it’s the end of the summer,...