Memphis Fast Fiction Home

First, I want to thank everyone who submitted a prompt to the Memphis Fast Fiction project. It is because of you that I was able to finish this bit of insanity.

And finish I did. Three hundred and sixty five stories about Memphis, all with in the calendar year of 2011.

Where do we go from here?

Well, the first step is to let my brain re-congeal after that final sprint to the end, then I start editing.

I’m conflicted a bit on how hard to edit. Cutting to deeply after the fact might change the nature of the project. I knew there were going to be bad stories because I was writing every day. Making them into good stories to assuage my own ego after the fact seems wrong.

But, then again, no one wants something they are embarrassed of printed.

After that, I go looking for a publisher. If I don’t find one, then I put the book up on the print-0n-demand services and Amazon.

I’ll be slightly archiving the project in a few weeks, and by that I mean limiting the number of stories you can access at once time. I’ll have the home page pull up 5 random stories each time you load it, but I won’t let you go cruising through the archives. Gotta have a reason to buy the book, after all!

Again, thank you to everyone that helped me do this. I appreciate it more than you know.


What is Memphis Fast Fiction?

It’s a simple idea. A very big, but very simple idea.

Three hundred sixty-five short stories. Two hundred words each. Seventy three thousand words in total.

All about one city. All in one year.

The catch? I need you to help me do it.

I need you to submit a title, up to four words, and a single word to be used somewhere in the 200 that make up the story. You can submit by going here, or using the form farther down the page.

I’ll take that prompt and turn it into a 200 word piece of Fast Fiction.

The Fast Fiction idea isn’t mine. Originally, I borrowed it from British writer Lee Barnett as a writing exercise on my blog. But recently Lee stepped up and started knocking out story after story after story, one hundred and fifty in a row. And it got me thinking.

What if you could turn a whole year into a series of stories?

And then…

What if you could write them all about one thing?

And finally…

What if that one thing was Memphis?

So here we are.

You Said You Needed Me to Help?

Yes, I do. Memphis Fast Fiction is dependent on your submissions. I need at least 365 of them. The more I get, the better ideas I can come up with.

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Your Title - Four Word Maximum

Your Single Word to Use in the Story

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Submitted prompts that are intentionally unworkable (ie: "Dorito Spanked Waffle Sauce" for a title and "antidisestablishmentarianism" for the word) will be ignored. No joke prompts, please.


I also need you to spread the word, to let people know this is going on. Get your friends to submit ideas, post this to Facebook. Anything you can think of.

When Will You Start Posting Stories?

January 1st, 2011. The final story will go up December 31st, 2011.

This submission form will move aside and you’ll start seeing stories fill up the page.

And who knows. Once I start, I may never stop. This is Memphis after all. If there’s one thing we’ve got – it’s stories to tell.

I’m sure a lot of you are thinking it. I know I am.

How is he going to write 365 stories about one city?

Well, the raw mechanics and brain-shredding nature of the whole thing not with standing, simply put, I’m going to cheat.

See, Memphis is a location fixed in space. Its shape may change, but as long as it exists, it exists here. But time? Time flows over it like the water in a creek flows over a stone in its bed.

For this project, time is my cheat.

I’m not going to write solely about modern Memphis. I’m going to write about Memphis’s past and future, both distant and near. Sure, there will be tons of stories based in the right now, but don’t be surprised to see stories about Native Americans or the Yellow Fever Epidemic or involving robots or maybe even one or two about the fish in the ancient ocean that used to be over our heads if I go mad enough.

And, I mean, that’s half the fun, right? Watching me go slowly lose it trying to get this all done and see my concepts of time get more and more abstract?


They are temporary.

There will be an appropriate design for this come January 1st. In the meantime, there needed to be something to house the form and basic information.