• Micro Fiction Challenge: Sorcery

    Posted Posted by David Duhr in Micro Fiction Challenge     Comments 14 comments
    Scout scared

    WBN’s mascot Scout is afraid of sorcerers. (i.e., all images of sorcerers are copy-protected.)

    So it’s been about six weeks since our last Micro Fiction Challenge, and we know–we just know–that y’all are getting very restless. Much like, perhaps, a sorcerer who can’t conjure … something. (The right word, for instance.)

    Earlier this year (filed under “News & Events”!) I mentioned that I am reading the Harry Potter books, for the first time, and as part of my goal to read 80 books in 2013. (More on that over at Chamber Four.) Recently I finished #4, & The Goblet of Fire, and so I have all sorts of witchcraft and wizardry on my mind.

    And one word I’ve always enjoyed immensely is “sorcery.” For definitions and etymology, hit this page.

    Your challenge, should you choose to accept it, is to write a piece of flash fiction using the word sorcery or sorcerer (or both). As always, keep your story to 25 words or less, 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. Your story doesn’t have to make us laugh, but as some cutesy fool once said, “Funny is money.” We’ll announce the winner in this space soon, and we’ll give a shout-out to our favorites on Facebook and Twitter.

    The prize for this particular challenge is: used and abused (shhhh!) paperback copies of Harry Potter books one through four. If you already have said books, we’ll donate them to Goodwill in your name. And if you don’t live in/around Austin … I dunno. I’ll come up with something cool for you.

    As for the previous Micro Fiction Challenge, “prolix,” we had only one entry, and then a bunch of back-and-forth bitching. So, our winner is … drum roll … Jon Simmons! Congratulations, Jon, on running unopposed and winning. (And for staring down our friend Jon Sommers in the process.) We didn’t offer a prize for that one, but, isn’t winning prize enough?



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    Ava Love Hanna

    “Is that the sorcerer’s stone in your pocket or are you happy to see me?”
    Harry blushed. Ginny’s mini-robe had cast Engorgio in his pants.

    T.J. Jansen

    When asked how a muggle could write such accurate portrayals of wizarding life, author of “Wizards Fart Too” credits research of Primary Sorcerers.

    Haseeb Ansari

    In an act of sorcery, I ordered my toothbrushes to clean my toilet. I then put them in a safe to fester until April Fool’s.

    Jake Gordon

    “Your whole body tenses. Focus all your energy. You can see it the moment before. Wait…wait….concentrate….explode,” the sorcerer explains a discharging spell.

    G.W. Schulz

    “His campaign to make ‘sorcery’ a trending hashtag was undermined by news that Justin Bieber was now old enough to sit on his own balls.”

    Nate St. Pierre

    Grief momentarily subsided, I asked the doctor how my perfectly healthy newborn could have died instantly. “Sorcery. But no one will believe you.”

    He grinned.

    sarah p

    The sorcerer lowered his wand. He dropped to his knees and wept over her body, swearing never to perform magic again.

    Carrie Winters

    “Sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery,” the sorcerer said. “Sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery sorcery.”


    “There’s NOTHING funny about sorcery!” said the Master Wizard to his class of apprentices as he peeled the enchanted Everlasting Whoopie cushion from his chair.


    As the little girl tried to solve the problem, she used her knowledge of sorcery to cover up the killing and skip away whistling.


    Source-ry: (verb) the art of taking someone’s words out of context, making them mean something entirely different.

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