Jordan Castillo Price PsyCop Flash Fic. Contest

Jordan and I had a couple of discussions about a contest to get your brains in gear (and hers too) :) and she came up with this suggestion:

She’s looking for a reader who has the best PsyCop flash fic idea and she will pick  her favorite and post a flash fic.  She wants you to work for it, but she swears it’ll be worth it! :)

Your job: give her your flash fic idea in a single sentence of 20 words or less that must include either a color, an odor, or an object smaller than a breadbox. 

Her job: She’ll pick her favorite and write a PsyCop flash fic from it!

I think this is a wonderful idea and both Jordan and I are looking forward to your exciting suggestions!

You have until May 26 to leave your comments on this post.


  • Just some ideas off the top of my head…

    1.Vic/Jacob/Crash all dream about a 3some. Purple hair, Tequila body shots and lots of lemons.

    2.A haunted zoo, smelling of poo. Zig mistakes Vic for an animal communicator. “Why is that penguin staring at me?”

    3.Crash goes to a tattoo parlor which smells of smoke and *insertcolognehere* And he meets his match.

    4.The dreaded housewarming party. Lots of booze, chicken wings, a green jello mold and five toaster gifts. A party crasher.

    5.Vic goes into a nice little shop. The smell of chocolate. The color red. The most enticing Petit Fours.

  • The contest deadline is also my birthday – which made me wonder how Vic would deal with these prompts:

    Jacob’s birthday, a red light and the video cam Crash gave Jacob.

    (Although Vic was pretty laid back about Jacob’s forgetting his birthday, somehow I get the impression he wouldn’t be so sanguine about Jacob’s.)

    Thank you! Looking forward to reading the flash fic, whomever wins.

  • My effort-

    The clothes designer with the coral snake ankle bracelet, smelt of honey, he stared at me accusingly. :smile:

    Thanks for the fun.

  • Vic has black nails and eyeliner, he’s playing an HIM CD, and smells of motor oil; Jacob wonders why.

  • Vic wasn’t a beach person. He rusted. Or so he’d told Jacob. Actually, he just hated all the dead surfers.

  • Vic hated the smell of grape bubblegum. It made him think of the giant grape guy from the underwear ads.

  • Crash, not just a name but the sound of my life pumping useless brakes and exploding. At least my underwear’s clean.

  • Vic wasn’t surprised when Jacob stumbled in, smelling of cheap beer and cigarette smoke. “I knew you’d go,” he said.

  • “I could smell the ocean, feel the sunlight, and hear the waves crashing to shore, but saw nothing but darkness.”

  • would love to see Vic & Jacob on a “fish out of water vacation for Vic”, maybe a fishing/camping trip, & Vic finds a ring?/small object in the water, the important thing is a happy/content Vic…

  • Church bells and white lace, how I hated such cheerful things… even as Jacob was grinning at me.

  • Wow, great job, guys! I’ve picked a favorite, and now I just need to write it. A few of the criteria I used in selecting my fave:

    1. followed the rules of 1 sentence, 20 words. I think everyone got the color, smell or object part.

    2. was plausible within the storyverse but would not affect the series if it wasn’t read. That took a few really great prompts out of the running. Jacob’s birthday hasn’t happened yet and will probably receive mention that affects the rest of the series once it does; Vic doesn’t typically fly so they wouldn’t do a quick weekend in Vegas.

    3. was the right size of a concept for a flash fic. Bigger ideas would turn into a cheap twist at 500-1000 words, which I think would be unsatisfying.

    Leslie’s idea of turning a line she wanted expounded upon into a line of dialog struck me as particularly inventive. Or maybe that’s just my ego talking 😛

    I will be back with a ficcie for you in a few days, and you’ll see which idea struck my fancy! Thanks for playing, everyone!

    • Hey Jordan
      Thank you for allowing the site to run your contest. I think everyone had fun coming up with ideas and I look forward to reading your flash fic. :)

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