WELCOME TO YEAR TWO!!! –Was it just me, or did anyone else feel the need to collapse for a looooong nap Wednesday night??? What a fabulous, amazing, incredible #Flashversary. Thank you again, and congratulations once more to Flashversary Queen Jacki Donnellan for the win!
For the first quarter of Year Two, we’ve got a sparkly new rotating panel of judges in (mostly) this order: M. T. Decker, Whitney Healy, Erin McCabe, and Nillu Nasser Stelter. Get to know them! (Want to judge for Quarter 2? Apply here. Deadline’s Feb 15.) Today beloved FF writer M. T. Decker kicks us off–don’t forget to head to her page & help welcome her properly!
Raising the Stakes: And here’s the other thing you need to know for Year Two: you’ve proved you’ve got the chops, so we’re upping the challenge. There will still be a photo prompt, of course; but now each week you’ll also face the Dragon’s Bidding, a mysterious additional element to be included in your story. The element will change every week, so stay alert! A few dragons (not naming names here–coughcoughSMAUGcoughcough) are not very trustworthy. But to make things a wee bit easier, the required wordcount will be fixed at 150 words, plus or minus 10.
Other things will stay the same: Results post Sunday evenings. Flash Points, a feature in which an amazing FF story is highlighted, will post on occasional Mondays. Awesome #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner will post Wednesdays. I post my own stuff sometimes on Tuesdays or Thursdays “just for fun.” And YOU, dearests, are welcome every day! Always something new.
Now let’s get to today’s contest!
* Word limit: 150 word story (10- word leeway) based on the photo prompt.
* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (140 – 160 words, exclusive of title) and Twitter handle if you’ve got one. If you’re new, don’t forget to check the contest guidelines.
* Deadline: 11:59pm ET tonight (check the world clock if you need to; Flash! Friday is on Washington, DC time)
* Winners: will post Sunday.
* Prize: The Flash! Friday e-dragon e-badge for your blog/wall, your own winner’s page here at FF, a 60-second interview next Wednesday, and your name inscribed on the Dragon Wall of Fame for posterity.
***Today’s Dragon’s Bidding (required element to incorporate somewhere in your story; does not need to be the exact word unless that is specified):