A very merry Friday to y’all! Thanks so much for joining us for yet another novel round of flash. We’re just two months out from our whoop-de-doo #Flashversary party (as well as all the contest changes coming in Year Four; what, you feared you’d be stuck with novels forever?!); you may wish, even now, to be ironing your party frocks and shoring up your chocolate. Thanks to those of you who’ve already donated books to the mega prize tub. Keep ’em coming, please! Contact me here if you’re up for adding your brilliant novel to the cause, and thanks!
Judge applications for the first tour of Year Four will open next week. As you know, judges are the heart of this place; I’d be a lonely, dull babbler without them. Please seriously (or hilariously) consider throwing your hat in the ring to take a turn as a Dragon Captain. Advance details here.
Meanwhile, we’ve packed the next several weeks with lots of new #Spotlight interviews. And don’t forget tomorrow’s another episode of #Pyro, where you can submit stories to be posted anonymously and critiqued honestly. I’ve really loved the participation so far. Please keep submitting & keep critiquing! Y’all are the ones who’ll keep this new feature going. Did I say thanks yet? Cuz, thanks!
We’re doing a fancy switcharoo today: you’ll see Dragon Team Eight next week, which means we’ve got Dragon Team Five up today. For you newbies, that means you’re facing the mad judging skillz of Holly Geely and Foy Iver. I can’t imagine a more perfect team for today’s prompt, given their combined dark, poetic lyricism and quirky, witty hilarity. Whether you take the novel in a direction shadowed or light, we’ve got a judge for that.
Awards Ceremony: Results will post Monday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Thursdays.
* Today’s required word count: 100 words +/- 25 (75 – 125 words, not counting title/byline).
* How to enter: Post your story here in the comments. Be sure to include your word count (min 75, max 125 words, excluding title/byline), the two story elements you based your story on, and Twitter handle if you’ve got one. If you’re new or forgetful, be sure 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 NOVEL PROMPT:
Today in a brilliant marriage of form and theme, and to the great relief of Literature students everywhere, we’re daring to condense one of the world’s densest novels into a flurry of flash (which is where many students feel it belongs anyway). That’s right: today we’re tackling Moby Dick, the blubber-infused tale of a raging, peg-legged sea captain bent on avenging himself on the white whale responsible for his injury. (Reminder: you are not required to have read this novel to write stories inspired by its elements. Second collective sigh of relief.)
Story elements (base your story on any TWO of these elements; be sure to tell us which two you chose. Reminder: please remember the Flash! Friday guidelines with regard to content; and remember please do not use copyrighted characters).
* Conflict: man v self, man v nature (not gender specific)
* Character (choose at least one): a wooden-legged sea captain, a pacifist forced to help with someone else’s revenge, an easygoing storyteller oblivious to danger, a chief’s son/prince working on a ship, a mighty whale.
* Theme (choose one): revenge, fate v free will, the power of Nature, friendship, the cost of obsession
* Setting (choose one): a whaling ship, a sea port, an island, the middle of the ocean
OPTIONAL PHOTO PROMPT (for inspiration only; it is NOT REQUIRED for your story):