WELCOME! A true pleasure to have y’all back with us today, madly writing up mad stories of madness. Coincidentally, today’s a mad day here at the lair, with the launch of a brand new, exciting format. But I’ll get to that in a second.
First up: enormous thanks are in order to my dear friend and frequent co-conspirator, the fabulously talented artist and writer Susan Warren Utley (she also happens to be the head of Haunted Waters Press, home of the gorgeous lit mag From the Depths—check them out!). Susan took time out of her busy schedule to design logos and badges, both for Flashversary and for the new prompts. Thank you, Susan. You are so appreciated! Also, I owe you some serious coffee. And chocolate. And possibly the renaming of one or two of my dragonlings in your honor.
New format: …which brings us to the Phase One update for Year Three: a tweaked format! This coming year we’ll focus on the primary elements of story: character, setting, plot, and theme. We’ll rotate through these four in a well-behaved, orderly fashion. (I HEARD THAT! No snort laughs in the lair, please. We take ourselves Very Seriously here.)
(1) Each week we’ll provide a specific prompt representing one of those four elements, and a photo. In other words, it will operate just like the Year Two Dragon’s Bidding, with two required pieces to be included in your entry: photo and story element.
(2) And in other BIG NEWS: for Year Three you will be given (quite generously, I must add) fifty more words. The new word limit is 200 (give or take 10).
(3) Yes, you may still enter up to two stories.
(4) The other guidelines will stay the same in terms of content (eg no erotica or fanfic). Read more here.
Tweet any questions to the Flash! Friday team at @flashfridayfic. And HAVE FUN!!!!
Judging today are our noble Team Two dragon captains Mark King and Tamara Shoemaker. Tamara swears her undying love for the un-obvious (“There is no box,” she says. “Write freely; show me your heart.”) Similarly, Mark says he’s looking for the unusual, such as characters with mundane lives who experience strange events. (“I love writers that are brave enough to try something new,” he says.)
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, raise your brooms and write amazing stories in hallways of bubbles!
* Word count: Write a 200-word story (10-word leeway on either side) based on the photo prompt.
* How: Post your story here in the comments. Include your word count (min 190 – max 210 words, excluding 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.
AND HERE IS YOUR TWO-PART PROMPT:
Required story element (this week: character. You must include the below character in your story):
Required photo prompt to incorporate: