Introducing the Mid-Week Blues-Buster…

So….. how do you feel about the middle of the work week?  If your answer is, “I love it like the inside of a shit sandwich”, you’ve come to the right place. 

One week from today, on this very blog, the new flash fiction challenge known as The Mid-Week Blues-Buster will début.  Yep.  You heard right.  Flash fiction challenge, right here at The Tsuruoka Files.

Here are the particulars;

We’ll be using a slushy 500 word limit, meaning, if you’re on a roll and need a few more words to really nail your story go ahead and take ’em.  Up to 700 words.  Works the other way too.  500 is the goal but if you only need 300 that’s okey.  But 300 is the minimum.

Prompt, you ask?  Why, yes, there will be a prompt.  The prompt will be a song.  A link to either a video or audio file will be posted here each Tuesday, no later than 8PM Eastern Time.  The song and/or video are there to get the ideas flowing.  You do not have to reference the song or even mention it.  If you want to then bully for you but you don’t have to.

The challenge runs from whenever I post the song on Tuesday to 11:59PM (EST) on Thursday. 

If this all sounds a lot like Sweet Banana’s Friday Night Write to you then…. you’re just so observant.  The Mid-Week Blues-Buster blatantly rips off– I mean, respectfully pays homage to Friday Night Write and it’s creators.

Judges?  Yes, there will be judges.  I’ll be doing the judging until I manage to put together a slate of volunteer guest judges.  The judging aspect may or may not be something I stick with.  I like the idea of collecting the responses for our mutual enjoyment, ala Five Sentence Fiction and Visual Dare.  But who doesn’t love a contest?  This is a work in progress so stay tuned… I’ll make up my mind on this part of it by next Tuesday.

Prizes?  Yeah. There might be prizes involved at some point but for right now your prize will be the pride you feel for creating a tale well-told.

Badges?  Do we need stinkin’ badges?  Yeah.  I think so.  If someone more creative than me (meaning everyone drawing air on the planet at this moment) has something we can use or feels like making one I’d be much obliged.  Otherwise I’ll be perusing free clip-art for a usable image.

That’s about it…

Please Tweet this up, spam your friends on Facebook, etc.  I’d love to hit the ground running…



Posted on February 12, 2013, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Whoop woop, love it. I’ll be sure to include it on my Flash Fiction challenge page 🙂 and of course will try and give it a go too. Wishing you great success 🙂


  2. W00t w00t!!! Can’t wait to take this baby for a test drive!!! I am ALL IN!!! 😀


  3. Well you know I’m in for it…music is my favorite prompt! So glad you are sponsoring this Jeff…THANKS!


  4. Looking forward to this, Jeff!


  5. Brilliant… Can’t wait..


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