#FlashFictionFriday – is this ringing a bell?

We have had some lovely responses to our Artemisia flash fiction prompt.  Well done and thank you so much to all those who contributed.

This week we have chosen a very special artifact from the GWL archive.


These photographs show the back and front faces of a small porcelain bell.  One side depicts a woman wearing a bonnet.  The body of the bell on this side bears an inscription “Votes for women” and underneath the Glasgow coat of arms. The other side shows a younger woman, without hat and bears the inscription “And she shall have a vote.”

Is this intriguing little object ringing a bell with you?  Why not send us the story this inspires for you? We can’t wait to read it!  Just remember to tell the story in up to 240 characters and tweet it #FlashFictionFriday, remembering to tag us: @womenslibrary  If you are not a Twitter user, feel free to send your story to us via e-mail: info@womenslibrary.org.uk

Every week, we have been fascinated by the range of tiny stories which have been tweeted in response to our #FlashFictionFriday prompts.  Flash fiction is a term which covers a diverse range of very short story writing.  A great ambassador for the flash fiction form is the writer, Meg Pokrass.  Not only is she a superb crafter of tiny stories but she also edits an online magazine devoted to flash fiction.  You can discover more here:


You can also read three examples of 100 word stories by Meg here:


A tweeted story is even briefer than one hundred words.  However, these stories may provide you with inspiration about how to approach writing a tiny story.

For anyone wishing to reach a wider audience with their flash fiction stories, the Scottish Book Trust organises a monthly flash fiction competition.  Each month a new prompt is offered.  You can find out more here:


Why not have a go?  It’s free – there is no entry fee – what have you got to lose?



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