This week’s short story challenge

It’s New Zealand’s national memorial day next week – and a century ago the New Zealand Division was fighting in Flanders. This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of the aid post at Essex Farm, Flanders, where John McRae penned his immortal poem In Flanders’ Fields in 1915.

It was a moving experience to visit the place – to actually be where those amazing verses were written.

Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun. of course the story can be about anything.

Remains of the aid post in Essex Farm where John McCrae wrote 'In Flanders Fields'.
Remains of the aid post in Essex Farm where John McCrae wrote ‘In Flanders Fields’.


Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015


3 thoughts on “This week’s short story challenge

  1. As a total aside, my mother (who died last week at age 90) had a maiden aunt who served as a Canadian nurse during World War One. When the aunt died, some letters of hers were sent to my mother from that time frame. She mentions in at least one of them serving with a doctor she much admired, that being Dr. McRae.

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