My entry, Bounty, didn't win (or place), but with a rating of 8.5 (out of 10), I think there's hope for this little story. I also learned a lot from this flash exercise, which I hope will improve my future writing.
We had to write to a theme, and had a list of themes that could be expressed in a single word (and were able to add our own preferred theme to the list). Although other writers have mentioned the importance of theme, it didn't really click with me until this exercise.
What was amazing to me is that by writing to theme (or at least a particular theme), my main character seems more interesting than many of my other characters - even from her 250-word appearance. I think I want to write more stories with her... maybe even a novel.