• Micro Fiction Challenge: Franchise

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    For this week’s Micro Fiction Challenge, it seems appropriate, here on Election Day, to challenge y’all to write a 25-word or less short story using the word “franchise“–one definition of which is the right to vote. So while you’re standing in line today (especially if it’s one of those seven hour-long lines like we’re seeing in Florida) to exercise your franchise, scribble some micro fiction in your journal about the experience. Or about anything, as long as you use the word “franchise.”

    Which can also mean:

    1) The right or license granted by a company to an individual or group to market its products or services in a specific territory.

    2) A store, restaurant, or other business operating under such a license.

    3) Sports Slang: a player of great talent or popular appeal, considered vitally important to a team’s success or future.

    4) Obsolete: freedom, especially from imprisonment, servitude, or moral restraint.

    As usual, keep your story to 25 words or less, include the word “franchise,” write it out in the comments section below, click “Notify” to keep abreast of your competition, and feel free to use a pseudonym if you’re shy.

    We’ll announce this week’s winner in this space next Monday, and we’ll give a shout-out to our favorites on Facebook and Twitter.

    This week’s prize is a gift card to a franchise of your choice. Assuming your chosen franchise is on the WriteByNight list of approved franchises–which is, admittedly, not terribly long. If your first choice is not on the list, we’ll give you a second option, a third, etc.


    Finally, don’t forget to check last week’s post for the “Swizzle” results. (And catch up on past Micro Fiction Challenges, while you’re at it.)


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    The candidate, crestfallen after being told he couldn’t trademark and franchise the electoral college, promptly resigned from the race to the great delight of all.


    Football franchise favorite Frankie Four Foot’s freakish frame fuels female fantasies for further furciferous features.

    Frankie’s face flashes favorable feedback!

    J. Sommers

    “Where ya headed, Fran Chise?” I asked her.
    “Why, to vote!” she said.
    “No you’re not,” I replied. “It’s still 1919.”


    “One vote’s great,” Mayor Galway said, “One vote’s wonderful!” Nodding. “But haven’t you ever thought if LLCs are people by law, why don’t I franchise?”


    “Wow! Now this is something I’d like to franchise!” Dad said biting into a soft burrito.
    “Really?” I asked, “A Taco Bell, in Texas?”

    Sarah Wambold

    One man’s wilderness is another man’s franchise.

    James Perry

    It was Billy’s franchise, the thicket. the palmetto, mosquitos, ticks, the tall pines, and a paint mare to trail Panther Branch for squirrels.


    She works at a franchise. No, not a chain. And, no, Corporate doesn’t allow franchisees to vote on policies. It’s not that kind of company.

    Dana Carpenter

    If only we could franchise our bodies, so when one stopped performing, we could just pull a shiny new one out of the closest.

    Laura P.

    “… and finally, step five of my proposal: develop a franchise.”

    “Very impressive, son. I think you’ve got a bright future here at Catholicism, Inc.”

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