WELCOME back to Flash! Friday! It’s always such a pleasure seeing you, week after week, turn up to share your brilliant talents. And watch you fight tooth and talon for the trophy, of course, loveyoumeanit. But as I’ve said often: how can a squabbling dragon badge compete with the rich encouragement and feedback you offer each other every Friday? We are pushing each other to be better writers, better readers, better critiquers. It’s absolutely glorious. Thank you for all you contribute to this community! Speaking of which:
DEADLINE’S COMING: Monday’s the deadline to join the Flash! Friday family as one of the rotating judges. Please consider giving judging a go! Your dragony eye is both loved and needed. Details here.
Speaking of deadlines, death, and treasure: well, if Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid don’t come to mind hearin’ all that, let me correct that for ya. On November 7, 1908, both were killed (we think) in a final shootout in San Vicente, Bolivia. A more infamous pair of train robbers, it’s hard to imagine. Thanks to the enthusiasm of the Pinkerton National Detective Agency (yes, that Pinkerton), Butch and his friends fled to Argentina and then Bolivia, where their notoriety came to an abrupt and noisy end. Will your stories be as mysterious and noisy?? I’ll be doing fancy Ethan Hunt tricks train top (PS. adore you, Jean Reno!!) while giddily watching your imaginations catch fire.
As we wind down Year Two, we’ve two more goodbyes to suffer (did I mention we have super! cool!!!! guest judges to fill the spaces between Year Two and Flashversary???). Today’s farewell belongs to judge Phil Coltrane. You ROCK, Phil. What a blast it’s been having you on the team! To refresh your memories, Phil loves stories with vivid images, he’s fond of scifi, and he goes crazy for stories that veer off in totally unexpected directions. Read more about what he looks for here.
Awards Ceremony: Results will post Monday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Wednesdays. I (Rebekah) post my own unbalanced writings sometimes on Tuesdays or Thursdays.
Now, grab your body armor and get crackin’!
* 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 Monday.
* 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 flame-written 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(s) unless specifically instructed to do so, e.g. “include the name Longabaugh”):