This is such a cool idea and one I wish I’d thought of. Stories, no longer than 300 words, are printed on napkins that are used in cafés. One of the Creative Café Project’s remits is to produce merchandise for the cafés – merchandise that will make a profit for specific cafés and for the project in general. Even the writers get paid a very reasonable amount for a piece of flash fiction on the Napkin Story Project. Alas, the deadline is past but no doubt if this works well it will happen again and indeed the Creative Café Project may take on something similar.
Take a peek here to see what a story on a napkin will look like.
All of this will be ready in time for Halloween, so the stories will have a spooky feel. This somehow seems very in-keeping with what CafeLit does in assigning drinks to stories.
The Napkin Story Project is associated with Tiny Owl in Australia and the Leeds Big Bookend, which in turn is associated with Valley Press, a small press that’s doing extraordinarily well in the north of England.
I came across the Napkin Story Project on the mcBookishness blog, a blog well worth reading for those serious about writing. Do take a look.