HAAAAAAAAAAAPPY FRIDAY! After today, each of our valiant judging teams has just one more round of stories to judge! I can hardly believe how fast the top half of Year Three is going; makes one a bit dizzy, in point of fact. Or perhaps that’s the sleep deprivation? In any event, each team has done a marvelous job, and I hope you’ve stocked up on tissues in preparation for the next four weeks’ worth of DRAGON-LOVIN’ MADNESS! That’s right: SENTIMENT ALERT! SENTIMENT ALERT!
Ring of Fire! Have you submitted stories three times in May? Don’t forget to contact us (details here) so your name can go (or stay!) up on the Wall of Flame. And if you’ve got a minute, we invite you to pop over to gawk at the Wall, because WOW. Note: there’ll be a drawing at year’s end for prizes for all y’all cool RoF bearers. The more badges you’ve earned, the greater your chances at loot!
Judging today is Dragon Team Four: Captains Sinéad O’Hart & Pratibha. They want what all judges want, of course: namely, The Perfect Story. To accomplish such a thing, Pratibha suggests delving deep into the human mind; similarly, Sinéad adores complicated characters and dialogue, glorious dialogue (especially if tinged with bittersweet).
Awards Ceremony: Results will post Monday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Thursdays. Now let’s write!
* 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/byline) 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 Thursday, and your name flame-written on the Dragon Wall of Fame for posterity.
AND HERE IS YOUR TWO-PART PROMPT:
(1) Required story element (this week: conflict. If you want your story to be eligible for an award, your primary conflict must be “man vs nature” (not gender specific; see here for a description.)
(2) Photo prompt to incorporate: