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Flash! Friday: Vol 3 – 17

Happy Friday!! I must admit I’m still a bit teary-eyed over last week’s win by Sinéad O’Hart who, in serendipitous timing, is judging today with her partner-in-crime Pratibha. If you haven’t read Sinéad’s frank interview, please do so here. It is hard not winning, no matter how many times we tell ourselves it’s not the winning (or the getting an agent/publishing contract, or the breaking through Amazon levels, or the making of bestseller lists, or the number of comments on a story, or, or, or) that countsHow does one dig deep enough to find the courage to press on after disappointments? For some it’s a lifelong quest; but thanks to communities like you, it’s a quest we as writers never need to undertake alone. Let me tell you again, because it’s true:


Thank you, dearests, for all you do, Friday after Friday after Friday, to support each other. Friendship and encouragement like you unfailingly provide are the best prizes of all. ❤

WALL OF FLAME: The Wall’s been updated to reflect the current March badge holders (no worries; we keep careful account of all badge holders; when you earn a new badge, your name goes back up showing all your badges). Prize drawing at year’s end among those with the most monthly badges! Details and the names of our fabulous Ring of Fire badge holders here.


DC2Judging today is Dragon Captains Team Four: Flash! Friday’s latest fiery champ Sinéad O’Hart and fellow winner Pratibha (from Vol 2 – 34). I trust y’all brought your shades to stave off sun-blindness, what with all that WINNERS’ GOLD. Be sure to check out their judge pages to learn what they look for in winning entries. It’s going to be an amazing round; I can practically feel the electricity. Thanks so much, captains!   


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.

HowPost 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.


(1) Required story element (this week: theme. The below theme must be your story’s central concept {Note: blunder: a stupid or careless mistake}:



(2) Photo prompt to incorporate:


Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA. GNU Free Documentation License photo by Daniel Schwenn.

Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado, USA. GNU Free Documentation License photo by Daniel Schwen.