The Five Hundred is a monthly flash-fiction challenge that has been going on since 2011. Every single month there is a prompt released through their mailing list and anyone can submit their work where it will be posted online. Over the years a strong community has grown out of the website, which has also given way to an anthology book and now a monthly reading series held the last Sunday of the month at Kavarna Coffee shop.
For our first reading episode, we were joined by the founder Winston Blake Wheeler Ward, and regular contributors Alayna Huft Tucker and Benjamin Carr. We get down to the grit of the discipline of writing short fiction regularly and how it stretches anyone's art into new directions.
Winston Blake Wheeler Ward apologizes for all the names. Don't ask him to explain it, he can't. Despite having so many goddamn names, Winston somehow still managed to found the Five Hundred in February 2011 and contribute every month since. He is also the creator and host of Case Studies, a monthly reading and discussion event.
Alayna Huft Tucker is a writer living in Decatur, GA whose work has appeared in The Five Hundred and Gutwrench Journal. She’s a frequent performer for many Atlanta literary events such as Write Club, Bleux Stockings Society, Transgression, and others. She is the author of The Japanese Pantry.
Benjamin Carr is a writer, editor, and storyteller. He is the co-founder of Gutwrench Journal. His work has appeared in The Guardian, Pembroke Magazine and The Five Hundred. His one-act play 'Ground Chuck' will be staged Oct. 30 at Onstage Atlanta. Other work has appeared at PBA 30, the Center for Puppetry Arts and the North Avenue Lounge.
We hope you enjoy the episode.