The Five Hundred

A monthly flash-fiction challenge.

April 2014

Prompt: “Leave your worries at the door.”

New York Gawkers by James Silver

Help Me Get Her Outta My Heart by Amy Stufflebeam

It’s Time by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

Home by Jerad Alexander

How Many Tomorrows by Jeff McLeod

Lunacy by Dennis Johnston

The Dew Drop Inn by Sarah Harrell

Thursday 6PM- by Daniel Lamb

Diamond Enthusiast Party Seduction by Andrew Leidner

Fleeting Pleasures by Dwayne Grant

Tattered Jeans by N.E. Williams

Somewhere Dark by Patrick Knott

Run by K. Anduze

The Swimmer, Part II by Dennis Johnston

IPCB by Taylor Franks

First Time by Alayna Tucker

The Return of Stolen Goods by Jerad Alexander

Untitled by Beth Volpert

Blow Job Queen by Jyll Thomas

Christmas in July by Nicole Moody

Peaches by S. Roman

The Weird Get Going by Matt Wilson


March 2014

Prompt: ”It slipped my mind.”

A Veil, A Parasite by Daniel Lamb

Obfuscation by Daniel Holzhauer

White Walls by Matt Wilson

Hey Man by Aric Davis

First Morning Drive by Jerad Alexander

Tinkering by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

Kingston Town by Dennis Johnston

My Mistake by Jonathan Chandler

A Wonder I Don’t Fall by Todd Wesley Hellems

Escalation by Myke Johns

Loving Eyes/Can Never See by James Silver

In Lieu of Flowers by Rachael Borgman

Oops by T.C. Ricks

When Were We Lacking by Johnny Carroll

Plans Transfixed by Jyll Thomas

Like the Ones I Used to Know by Stephen McClurg

Recentering by Jeff McLeod

Low Cal Diet by Benjamin Carr

I Remember by K. Anduze


February 2014

Prompt: "Tear it down and try again."

Black and White and Greyjoy by Amy Stufflebeam

War Games by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

How We Make Unbreakable Walls by Racheal Borgman

Lynnie by Dennis Johnston

The Human Slinky by Patrick Knott

Rough Draft by Jake McMasters

Play Well by Aric Davis

Dragonflies by K. Anduze

Symbol in the Sky by Andrew Bellury

On with the Show by Jyll Thomas

In the Cup of the Beholder by Stephen McClurg

Wednesday Night by Daniel Lamb

Master of My Craft by Jonathan Chandler

I’m Here All Week by James Silver

Off Air Dreams by Matt Wilson

Last Days In The World Of Legs by Jeff McLeod


Prompt: "A thousand days gone."

1061 Days by Aric Davis

A Thousand Days Gone by Rachel Pendergrass

Harbinger by Dennis Johnston

Decisions, Decisions by James Silver

Body/Steam by Jeff McLeod

Stand and Fight by K. Anduze

Epitaph by Benjamin Carroll

Just Keep Writing by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

Dane to Dust by Jyll Thomas

Ghazal for the Missing by Stephen McClurg 

Pecans by Daniel Lamb


January 2014

Prompt: “You’ve got the power.”

Against The Skin by Benjamin Carroll

Do You Even Lift, Bro? by Aric Davis

Powerless by Jeff McLeod

Relationship Status by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

Morning Ritual by Daniel Lamb

Seduction by Benjamin Carr

Fish Story by Jyll Thomas

And God Saw That It Was Good by Dennis Johnston

The 302 by Johnny Carroll

Why Buy Local? by Dwayne Grant

The Balance by Amy Stufflebeam

Midnight Awaits by James Silver


December 2013

Prompt: “Name your price.”

The Hard Truth by Benjamin Carroll

To The Highest Bidder by Camille Rose Lee

Gone, Gone, Gone by Dwayne Grant

Five Bucks A Throw by Aric Davis

Second Chance by Jake McMasters

Tipping Point by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

The Drums Are In The Attic by Melanie Reyes

The House In Mill Valley by James Silver

Yard Sales Have the Best Bargains by Dennis Johnston

The Ungettable Gets by Amy Stufflebeam

Damn Shame by Johnny Carroll

name-your-price-dot-com by David Sugihara


November 2013

Prompt: “Don’t forget your roots.”

Little Joey by James Silver

The Colding by Dennis Johnston

I Don’t Want To Grow Up by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

Grandfather by Daniel Lamb


October 2013

Prompt: “We’re on our way.”

One Foot Out The Door by James Silver

Final Flight by Dennis Johnston

Family Trip, 2002 by Daniel Lamb

The Usual by Dawn Wade

MacArthur Patrick Hobbes Is On His Way by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

Life Disappears by Johnny Carroll


September 2013

Prompt: “How sweet it is.”

Outside by Dennis Johnston

Andy by Michele Kolb

January 15th, 1919 by Alex Higgins

Breathe In by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

Messy Canvas by Johnny Carroll

Dad Dies by James Silver


August 2013

Prompt: "Let’s not get ahead of ourselves." 

Fake It ‘Til You Make It by Emily Hemsmith

A Curious Anomaly by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

Upstairs by Dennis Johnston

Samuel Quentin Kelley by Alex Higgins

The Horse Before the Cart by James Silver


July 2013

Prompt: “One step at a time.”

The Real Me by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

Stairs by Dennis Johnston

All of a Sudden and Suddenly… by Sheryland Neal

When Can I Use a Tampon by James Silver

What Was Called Forth by Harve Svensen

Same Old Song and Dance by Johnny Carroll


June 2013

Prompt: “They were as titans amongst men.”

Song of Selene by Dennis Johnston

Titans of Courage by James Silver

The Prometheus of Eagle Rock Middle School by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward 

And Other Things… by Sheryland Neal

Tequila Mockingbird by Benjamin Carr


May 2013

Prompt: “I could hear them but I could not see them.” 

Ice Cream by Dennis Johnston

Not All Bushes Catch Fire by Johnny Carroll

Detective Synesthesia by David Sugihara

Who Came Along For the Ride? by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

Pitch by Sheryland Neal

The Worst Date She Ever Had by James Silver


April 2013

Prompt: "Who will die first?" 

The Diabolical Final Exam of Professor Bailiwick by Dennis Johnston

Render Therefore Unto Caesar by Johnny Carroll

The Squall Line by Shaina Savoy 

A Gentlemen’s Agreement by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

120880 by James Silver


March 2013

Prompt: "It looks like it’s about half full."

The Foxes and the Moon by Dennis Johnston

Flatline by Johnny Carroll

Looking Through the Glass by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

The Ides of March by Michelle Kolb

Train of Thought by James Silver


February 2013

Prompt: "Maybe we should take it easy tonight."

Loosen My Load by Michele Kolb

Dialogue with Moldovan Sugar Ants by Andrew Leidner

Maybe by Jeff McLeod

No Obligation by John Carroll

Coach Morgenstern’s Halftime Epiphany by Dennis Johnston

The Friday Night Routine by Winston Blake Wheeler Ward

Four Versions of the Same Event And What Really Happened by James Silver