EVENING - QUARRY - ACCENT - ROSE - TEAR -
MINUTE - GRAVE - CLOSE - ENTRANCE - BOW
There's also an optional theme prompt if you want to compete for an additional prize:
"I want to put a ding in the universe."
Thanks to Madeline for letting me know about the contest in the first place and for reminding me that it was coming up again. I have a soft spot for this contest because I was a semi-finalist last year (for "Last Respects," later published here but with a few dozen words added because 250 words is SO SHORT and I am not in fact naturally concise). I also just think it's an excellent challenge, having to fit so much into such a small space, taking the given words and rearranging them on the table, turning them in the light until you know which ones to choose. I definitely suggest giving it a try, even if you don't think of yourself as a flash fiction writer.
The contest lasts for less than one week, so go check out the rules and prizes here and get writing! (And then, if you're like me, get to editing with a large axe because you'll probably write something about ten times as long as it's supposed to be.)