The Iron Writer Challenge


You all know the concept of the Iron Chef, right? Well, Brian Rogers has come up with a brilliant idea for flash fiction. Each week four challengers will write a 500 word flash fiction piece, weaving in the four bizarre elements Brian will provide. All genres, except erotica are accepted and there is a three day time limit for writing the story. Could it be more fun?

For instance, in Challenge #2, in which I was a participant, we were given these elements:

  • A mermaid
  • Ruby red slippers
  • A Tucker turret
  • Russian olive trees

Now just think about that for a second or two. I have to write a tale of not more than 500 words and these four elements must be part of the story? Oh yeah, easy as pie, right?

And, here’s the best part! For one week you have the chance to go to The Iron Writer, read the stories, and vote for  your favorite! Do it now, it’s lots of fun and you’ll find some really good stories there. We’re voting on Challenge #2 now. My story is in Challenge #2. Get the connection? Here’s your chance to read and vote for my little tale about Delores Delgado. Anyone want to hazard a guess who my main character is modeled after?

See ya at the voting booth!

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About Ol' Big Jim

Ol' Big Jim, has been a storekeeper, an embalmer, a hospital orderly, a medical biller, and through it all, a teller of tall tales. Many of his stories, like his first book, New Yesterdays, are set in his hometown of Piedmont, Alabama. For seven years, he lived in the oldest continuously inhabited city in the world, Amman, Jordan where he spends his time trying to visit each one of the thousands of Ammani coffee shops and scribbling in his ever-present notebook. These days, you can find him back stateside, still filling notebooks.
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4 Responses to The Iron Writer Challenge

  1. I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award and the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. For details on acceptance please visit
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  2. The Iron Writer Challenge looks like fun. Hope you win! I’ll see how to register a vote.


    • Ol' Big Jim says:

      Thanks, Jane! As a matter of fact, I did win in my challenge. Four new authors are featured in each challenge. Mark the site and enjoy four new short tales every week!


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