Sixty Seconds with: Pratibha Kelapure

Ten answers to ten questions in 20 words or fewer. That’s less time than it takes to burn a match*.

(*Depending on the length of the match and your tolerance for burned fingers, obviously)


Our newest Flash! Friday winner is former judge & longtime Flash! Friday member Pratibha Kelapure.  Read her winning story here, then take one minute to get to know her better.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece? The calm landscape looked as if it had been through a menacing storm. The post-apocalyptic desolation of the place haunted me.

2) How long have you been writing flash? I wrote my first piece for 1000Words contest in early 2013. Then I discovered Flash! Friday. For a little over a year.

3) How did judging affect your flash writing? I learned to read my own stories with an objective eye.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Advice? Well, ok! Keep writing. Learn from any and every source. Create your own brand of writing.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? Flash! Friday judges. For wit and humor — Jessica West and Marie McKay.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Occasionally: 1000words, 55WordChallenge, MondayMixer (now defunct), Finish That Thought, other weekly writing venues: VisDare, and FridayFictioneers.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I wrote many book reviews – more like musings – and several literary essays. I also write poetry and short stories.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Poetry, because it’s the spontaneous expression of wonder, joy and sorrow. Flash fiction and short stories because a novel is an aggregate of such snippets.

9) Tell us about a WIP. I am writing a short story about a high functioning girl, which might turn into a novel in future.

10) How do you feel about dragons? They are lovable, often misunderstood creatures. {Editor’s Note: That’s just how I feel!} I love Elliot. I watched him light the lighthouse with my daughters a million times.


3 thoughts on “Sixty Seconds with: Pratibha Kelapure

  1. Thank you, Pratibha, that’s made my day! Enjoyed the interview- I like the sound of your WIP. I’m not surprised poetry also features highly in your writing as your language is always so rich.


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