(Featured Image: By Luis Rubio from Alexandria, VA, USA – Kilroy was here, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=3558598)
Back in March 2018, I (David) entered a writing competition organised by Rachael Ritchie. I didn’t win, but my story did make it into the anthology (which you can find here). Whilst I may not have won, it was a valuable learning experience, especially with respect to the editing round when I worked with Rachael to edit the story. There were a few things in the story that I’d taken for granted that *everyone* would get straight away. One of them was a throw away line that described a carving as being Roman ‘woz ‘ere’ graffiti. Anyway, it occurred to me that this might be quite a good prompt! Feel free to take this in any direction you like, any genre, any point in time and space. And given that it’s a pretty free-form prompt this month, word limit is whatever you think the story needs (although I’d recommend keeping it under 2000 words).
(If you need further inspiration, or would like a quick start to your research, you could do worse than check out Wikipedia – not something I would normally say!).
Word count: 100 – 2,000
Deadline: 2pm GMT on Friday 8th November 2019
Don’t forgot, if you miss the deadline, you can always post your story to our #TortoiseFlashFiction page
Post your story on your site and link to it here in the comments below, or drop us a line via the contact us page and we’ll post it for you.
A reminder to new readers/writers – if you want to retain the copyright, then you will need to state this, and this is a family show, so we reserve the right not to post anything that strays into NSFW or offends against ‘common decency’.