Flash Friday: Baker’s Dozen


A Flash Fiction Writing Contest

Public Domain Photo, Photographer: Peggy Greb

The expression a Baker’s Dozen is used to describe a count that is more than the standard dozen. Typically thirteen, but sometimes fourteen. The origins of the phrase can be traced to medieval England where selling underweight bread was a crime punishable by fine, flogging or being placed in the pillory for public ridicule. Bakers made it a common practice to throw in an extra loaf of bread to avoid mistakes in measuring.

In honor of the phrase, today’s Flash Friday is dedicated to a Baker’s Dozen. Your challenge is to write a piece of flash fiction consisting of exactly thirteen words. An added challenge would be to link the story to the expression. Perhaps your main character is a baker or your story has a medieval setting? Or perhaps the connection has to do with numbers or counting? Let it guide and inspire you.

Here’s a sample:

For Good Measure
by Susan Warren Utley

Five bullets spent. One left in the chamber. Shrugging, she shot him again.

Post your Baker’s Dozen Flash Fiction in the comments section below. The best of the best will be featured in an upcoming Flash Friday post with a link to your blog or author’s site. The top three entries will include an author’s bio. Have fun!


Update: This Flash Fiction writing contest has come to a close. Please view the results here. If you would like to use a Baker’s Dozen as a writing prompt, please feel free to add your 13 word stories below in the comments section! Thanks for reading!


About Susan Warren Utley

Susan Warren Utley is a wife and mother living and writing in the shadows of the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. Her stories are inspired by the unexpected twists and turns of real life and by her muse, a feisty Jack Russell Terrier who occasionally answers to the name of Lucy. View all posts by Susan Warren Utley

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