It's time for Quarto's yearly flash fiction competition, Thunderdome! The rules are as follows: a one-minute video that features a Columbia professor giving a flash fiction prompt will be released at midnight on each of the next five days. You will have exactly 24 hours to write a piece of 300 words or less, which you will submit to email@example.com with the title, "Enter the Thunderdome: Day X." For each day, a winner will be announced; then, at the end of the week, we'll announce the overall winner.
For the first day, Monday, we have Creative Writing professor Alexandra Kleeman with her prompt. Click here.
The winner of Day 1 is: The Climb of the Ancient Mariner by Ainsley Katz
For the second day, Tuesday, we have Contemporary Civilization and English professor, Nicole Callahan, with her prompt. Click here.
The winner of Day 2 is: Crowded Silence by Dejavis Bosket
For the third day, Wednesday, we have Creative Writing professor, Anelise Chen, with her prompt. Click here.
The winner of Day 3 is: Quokkas by Zoe Grimes
For the fourth day, Thursday, we have Computer Science professor, Adam Cannon with his prompt. Click here.