Corn is king in the Heartland, and Cael McAvoy has had enough of it. It’s the only crop the Empyrean government allows the people of the Heartland to grow ? and the genetically modified strain is so aggressive that it takes everything the Heartlanders have just to control it. As captain of the Big Sky Scavengers, Cael and his crew sail their rickety ship over the corn day after day, scavenging for valuables, trying to earn much-needed ace notes for their families. But Cael’s tired of surviving life on the ground while the Empyrean elite drift by above in their extravagant sky flotillas. He’s sick of the mayor’s son besting Cael’s crew in the scavenging game. And he’s worried about losing Gwennie ? his first mate and the love of his life ? forever when their government-chosen spouses are revealed. But most of all, Cael is angry ? angry that their lot in life will never get better and that his father doesn’t seem upset about any of it. Cael’s ready to make his own luck . . . even if it means bringing down the wrath of the Empyrean elite and changing life in the Heartland forever.(less)
I’m gonna make you work for it though. I want you to write a piece of flash fiction for me. Write something between two hundred fifty and seven hundred fifty words. Corn needs to play a central part. Make it funny or scary or sexy, I don’t care. Post it here in the comments or post it to your blog/social media site and put a link here so I’ll know about it. Just to take any sense of favoritism or anything else out of it, the winner will be chosen a week from today by random number drawing.
If I don’t get at least five entrants I won’t do a drawing, so encourage folks to check out the contest!
What’s that? It’s a collection of 18 pieces of flash fiction, covering a range of genres, including science fiction, fantasy, and mundane life, and each from 100 to 1000 words long.
As if that weren’t enough, when you get your FREE copy of Ryan’s story, you will find a coupon for Far and Away, my collection of fantasy stories. That’s twenty seven stories for just two bucks! I think that’s a hard deal to pass up.
Or, alternately, you could by all three collections for about five bucks. I reckon it’s a win-win for everyone involved! Of course if you’ve already purchased Caveat Veritatem, just go to your Smashwords page and download the most recent one.
This post was inspired by Great Hites hundred word story prompt “Spicy Mustard” and the latest News From Poughkeepsie prompt “The Continuing Adventures of Clemens and Tesla”. It’s short and silly, but then so are most of you.
Sam Clemens took a pull on his cigar, the coal lighting the otherwise dim library. “The devil you say. Is it that simple?”
Tesla nodded his head. “Yes my friend, yes. That’s the beauty of it. And think, unlimited energy from such a simple, clean source.” The excitement brought his native accent to the fore, as it always did.
No one would believe them. They rarely did when genius brought them discovery like this. Not, that was, that this sort of genius or discovery was in any way common. He stirred the grainy contents of the jar and marveled.
The audio version of this will be published as a bonus Great Hites episode and I will link it when it’s up.