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It's a Birthday Contest and You're the Winner. Maybe.

First off, it's my son's birthday, so Happy Birthday J!

Now that my personal business is taken care of, how about something fun. In honor of number one son's big day, I'm going to have a little writing exercise. Just something fun to kill a little time. 

How about a flash fiction mystery featuring a birthday and a character who's name starts with the letter J. A one-hundred word mystery. I'm not counting words, so it doesn't have to be exact, but let's police ourselves on this one and keep to the spirit of the contest. The birthday boy and I will read the stories and pick a winner.

Winner receives a copy of my short story collection Nine Kinds of Trouble, so get those keyboards ready. Contest ends Tuesday the 22nd at noon. I'll post the winning story on the blog on Wednesday the 23rd.

I love flash fiction, so get those keyboards humming.


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100 words! I failed!

Nice site, KD. Delicious color scheme. Wonderful book covers. Very inviting.

Thanks, Lyn.
You should submit anyway. It's all more about having fun than following the rules.

My name is Jose Mojica and here's my contribution to the birthday writing contest:

Every year since graduating college, I get a call on September 20th exactly at 7:00 PM.
“Happy Birthday, Jay,” the elderly lady says. “It’s Grammy. I’m sorry I haven’t called....”
The problem is I don’t have a grandmother, my birthday is in May, and my name is Mike. After five years, I finally decided to say something. “I’m sorry, but I’m not Jay...”
“I know that,” the lady said. “Jay was my grandson. You killed him while boating in Cancun. The police said it was an accident, but I knew you were drinking. You always did.”
“But I’ve never been to Cancun.”
“Is this 555-3838?” the lady asked.
“No, it’s 555-3839.”
“Sorry, wrong number.”

Jose, I love your story. That's awesome. Hope we get some more entries. Right now, you're leading the contest.

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