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Flash! Friday–Vol 2 – 17

OH my goodness. Today is big, HUGE! Today kicks off our brand new trifecta of perfection judge panel, consisting of Pratibha Kelapure, Alissa Leonard, and Jess West. You probably know them already from their stellar writing here at FF; I can’t wait for you to get to know them now as judges.

But first: speaking of Trifecta, many of you have participated these past couple of years with the weekly contest machine known by that very name. They’ve offered tiny snippet contests for the weekends and larger chunk contests during the week. They’ve offered support and encouragement, and at every turn, for two and a half years, they have planted their feet mountaintop, waving flags and launching fireworks and throwing parties in support of writers everywhere. Their phenomenal team has been an inspiration and motivator for me and hundreds of others.

THANK YOU, Trifecta, for the part you have played in the writerly world. You’ve been awesome. You’ll be missed. We are forever grateful!

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And now for happier news: join me in welcoming judge Pratibha Kelapure!  She considers her life a bit of a zigzag, but don’t let that throw you off; her writing here at FF alone has netted a sparkly handful of awards, and one of her stories was featured on Flash Points. As for what she’s looking for in a winning story, she says, I like stories exploring human psyche because the human mind is still an unexplored frontier.  I look for fleshed out characters and a flowing narrative that delivers a nice punch on the first reading.  You can write in any genre that comes naturally to you based on the prompt. Your characters can be from any universe. Give me your authentic take and make me think.

Awards Ceremony: Results will post Sunday. Noteworthy #SixtySeconds interviews with the previous week’s winner post Wednesdays.  I (Rebekah) post my own stuff sometimes on Tuesdays or Thursdays “just for fun.”   

Now let’s get to it!

Word limit150 word story (10-word leeway) based on the photo prompt.

HowPost 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.

Deadline11:59pm ET tonight (check the world clock if you need to; Flash! Friday is on Washington, DC time)

Winners: will post Sunday

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 unless instructed to do so, e.g. “include the names ‘Abbott and Costello'”):

 

friendship

***Today’s Prompt:

 

Fire breathers @ Singapore Night Safari. CC photo by Paul Williams.

Fire breathers @ Singapore Night Safari. CC photo by Paul Williams.

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Sixty Seconds with: Tinman

Ten answers to ten questions in 20 words or fewer. That’s less time than it takes to burn a match*.

(*Depending on the length of the match and your tolerance for burned fingers, obviously)

Matchlight

Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Tinman.  Read his winning story here, then take one minute to get to know him better.

1) What about the prompt inspired your winning piece?  I never really know where my ideas come from, but I remember thinking “He’s going to land in that forest”….

2) How long have you been writing flash? Only a few months, though I never write very long pieces anyway.

3) What do you like about flash? It refines your writing. For example, if you are only allowed twenty words per answer, then you really have to 

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? Write the story you want to write first, or it’s no fun. Then work on getting it within the limit.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? The best ones I’ve read write here – the standard is always terrific, which is why I’m so thrilled to win.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? Yes – Flash Frenzy, Finish That Thought, and sometimes Trifecta.

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? Longer versions of the kind of stuff I write here – I take a daft idea and see where it goes.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? I love to make people laugh, so mostly I stick to writing hopefully funny pieces.

9) Tell us about a WIP.  I’m helping a friend stage a pantomime that I originally wrote for an amateur Drama Group in the 80s. 

10) How do you feel about dragons? I’ve always genuinely believed that Puff the Magic Dragon is the saddest love song ever written.

Sixty Seconds with: Ben Miller

Ten answers to ten questions in 20 words or fewer. That’s less time than it takes to burn a match*.

(*Depending on the length of the match and your tolerance for burned fingers, obviously)

Matchlight

Our newest Flash! Friday winner is Ben Miller.  Read his winning story here, then take one minute to get to know him better.

1) What about the prompt inspired you to write your winning piece? I have been nurturing an Idea for a longer story about the Hat Head Club which are school age kids, and this prompt made me think of it.

2) How long have you been writing flash? I just recently discovered flash fiction as a thing a month or so ago. I love telling stories and this seemed like a great challenge to my writing.

3) What do you like about flash? I enjoy the chance to imagine a new tale (or an excerpt of one in the works) and distill the essence as concisely as possible.

4) What flash advice would you give other writers? I like to know the bigger story and then take a snapshot. Depth can’t be alluded to if it is not there.

5) Who is a writer we should follow, and why? I’m so new to the scene that I have not established favorites yet. Any suggestions? I’m still so amazed by the rich community of talented writers.

6) Do you participate in other flash contests, and which? I’ve participated in the Trifecta Writing Challenge a few times and a few times on ThursThreads.  

7) What other forms do you write (novels, poetry, articles, etc)? I like writing longer stories. Novels for the most part. I’m stretching it when I made that plural.

8) What is/are your favorite genre(s) to write, and why? Science fiction is my favorite. I am a full on technogeek by trade and hobby so the possibilities of what the future could hold (or might hold now) create a huge pallet for the imagination.

9) Tell us about a WIP. A near future scifi novel called Like Minds that is in late stage editing. It’s a story about a hacker who discovers one day that he is both the next target for a serial killer and the FBI’s prime suspect.

10) How do you feel about dragons? Dragons are awesome.  I have read them from McCaffrey to MacAvoy to Paolini. What’s not to like? I am also proud that my daughter has a collection of dragons on her dresser top.  {{Editor’s Note: Waaaaay over 20 words, cowboy; but as it’s about dragons, your enthusiasm is understandable. Expected, actually.}}