Novel in 12 Paragraphs

Try to use as many of these words as you can.images

Write about two people who seem to not belong together.

Winsome, Cleave, Resplendent, Dandy, Peckish, Loath, Snide.

These prompts are free. In return, I hope that writers and teachers who use these prompts in (and out of) the classroom will purchase one of my flash fiction or poetry collections. That will make me very happy! Links to my books are on the main menu here on my website. For all other inquiries, including mentoring and workshop schedule, you can contact me at meg(at)greatjonesstreet(dot)press

Advance praise

Coming this SPRING, 2016!
The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down
a new collection of flash fiction by Meg Pokrass will be available from Etruscan Press. 51bGQpg6SWL._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

The people in these stories need Meg Pokrass. Their lives are tough but her imagination is the fire-lasso that can save them, save us. In her work, off-kilter is the same as clear-eyed focus. Here, strange and normal go hand-in-hand, a marriage that explains nothing but makes so much clear. Time after time, these little stories read big.-Bob Hicok, author of Elegy Owed (Copper Canyon Press, 2014) and This Clumsy Living (University of Pittburgh Press, 2007)

“Meg Pokrass bops and slams through these little stories like some genius extraterrestrial psychic on a world tour of the human heart. Her language is supercharged and witty, with humor and sadness in approximately equal amounts.” –Bobbie Ann Mason, author of Shiloh and Other Stories, In Country, and The Girl in the Blue Beret

“Meg Pokrass gets a lot done in the shortest spaces imaginable, whole worlds in a handful of words, a teeming city of characters arising from mere paragraphs, 55 stories that just won’t quit.  And laughs!  And tears!  And those moments when you have to stop reading and think for a dayWith The Dog Looks Happy Upside Down, Flash Fiction comes of age.” —Bill Roorbach, author of The Remedy for Love and Life Among Giants.

“Serious and witty, mystical and dark, Pokrass’ poems are small windows into another world, a world which is almost this world.  But not quite. I find myself wanting more, always a little more of her work.  One short poem, one small collection, it is never enough.  In short, and in her very short and masterful pieces, Pokrass leads her readers on, page by page, enticing them with her beautiful and dream-like language.  Pokrass’ writes books you want on your nightstand to read not once, but again and again.”
Nin Andrews

“I dare you to read a Meg Pokrass sentence and not want to read the next. Just enter that voice voice and it makes magic. It’s the kind where you don’t know where you’re going until you’ve left, but you know it was deeply right to have been there. Unassuming, ridiculous, insightful, dark.”
Robert Shapard, editor of seven anthologies for W.W. Norton from Sudden Fiction to Flash Fiction International.

A Story of Found Sentences

Select 25 or so interesting sentences from a variety of different sources—the more unlikely, the better: newspaper articles, to-go menus, instruction manuals, long & boring direct marketing e-mails, etc.  Sprinkle the sentences you find into one of your own compositions or write connective tissue between the strange combinations of ideas. Make sense of chaos, but don’t make too much sense or you’ll ruin the magic.  Combine (whatever it is) into a flash fiction or prose poem, sifting and re-sifting and editing/deleting like a cook in the kitchen until something interesting surfaces. Let this exercise guide you directly into the story that you have wanted to write.c1c37fd03a778a2bade3a3a2622f9376