Greetings, short story lovers, and welcome to this week’s mystery prompt.
There a million different adages out there for how to hook a reader into a story, but in our minds there’s only one technique that grabs a reader’s eyeballs and cements them to the page.
We always like it when things start off with a bang. Not to mention when there’s a bang or two in the middle. And blowing things apart for your ending doesn’t hurt either.
So the prompt this week? An explosion. We tasked our authors with writing us a story in which something blows the hell up. They can have one explosion or one hundred. They can be celebratory fireworks or devastating bombs, but something in their stories must explode.
Who will detonate and who will be a dud?
Let’s find out!!
The Battle of the Bangs is on!
We have two judges that will render their decision next Monday. The third vote comes from you, the readers. We ask that you read both stories objectively, and then leave a comment below or on the story itself. Authors are not allowed to comment on their own stories, but we’re sure they’ll be checking in here. We’ll tally up the totals and announce our champion on Monday.
And remember, if you like one of this week’s stories, vote it up in the new all-time best of list (new stories appear at the bottom).