Em-Dash! A Gameshow for Writers

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If you attended FIYAHCON in October, you might have caught our first ever round of Em-Dash, a gameshow for writers. Part “Chopped,” part writing sprint, join us as four contestants compete to write a piece of flash fiction using four random ingredients, winning a prize we have yet to figure out but will probably be amazing. You can check out the replay below, featuring Mark Oshiro, Martin Cahill, Ashia Money, and Shiv Ramdas.

Well, partly because we all had a blast with the game (and because we have a subscription to a broadcasting application that would go otherwise unused until next year’s convention), Em-Dash is coming to FIYAH every month in 2021.

Next Game January 2021

Registration coming soon.


4 contestants compete in three rounds to draft a completed piece of flash fiction using random, mandatory “ingredients” usually selected by our Twitter community. They have 7 minutes in the first round, 6 minutes and an additional ingredient in the second round, and five minutes with an additional ingredient in the third round. After each round, the contestants read their stories to the audience, and the audience selects one story for elimination via Twitter poll. The contestant with the strongest story using all 6 ingredients, wins.

Starting in December, we’ll start taking contestant applications for our first game in January. In the meantime, check out a replay of the first game at FIYAHCOn, below.

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