WELCOME to 2014! Don’t let the fancy new number for the year intimidate or limit you; I’m a big believer in fresh starts on a daily basis. Where I’d be without them, actually, I can’t imagine. It’s the same reason Monday is my favorite day of the week (please forgive the implied disloyalty to Fridays; I still love Fridays too, MWAH!)–each time Monday rolls around, we’re offered a clean slate, a week bursting with potential, a generous gaggle of days at our disposal. May we use them wisely!
AND NOW I’m beside myself with glee to introduce to you the fourth and final judge on our brand new, first quarter rotating panel of judges: Nillu Nasser Stelter! She’s a keen eye for top-notch writing and can’t wait to get her judgy hands on this week’s stories. Check out her judge page to leave her a friendly FF hello and to scope out what she’s looking for in a winning entry.
Remember! We now have a required extra challenge with the weekly prompt, called the Dragon’s Bidding. The element (inscribed in the dragon’s own bejeweled pendant) changes every week and must be a thematic component in your story. Note that you do not need to include the exact word in your story unless instructed to do so (e.g. “include the word ‘honorificabilitudinitatibus'”).
Also remember: Results post Sunday evenings. Flash Points, a feature in which a particularly outstanding FF story is highlighted, posts on occasional Mondays. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner will post Wednesdays. I (Rebekah) post my own stuff sometimes on Tuesdays or Thursdays “just for fun.” On the menu this week is delivery pizza, just because. If you don’t see your favorite topping, please let me know.
* 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):