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02 November 2015 @ 07:22 am
October has ended. The candy's all gone.
Writing's submitted. Let's see who's won.

Our October prompts took us to dark and mysterious places. They allowed us to decide if we were the type to run or hold our ground. This final prompt led us to a deeper quality, to a potentially darker place. Let's see what our writers made of Hubris.

Title: Making Up
Author: ayumidah
Word Count: 485
Warnings: none

Title: Hubris
Author: Rio
Word Count: 450
Genre: Fan Fiction, The Walking Dead

Vote Here

Many thanks to Kathy Boles-Turner for hosting our prompts this month. It has been a fun ride. Be sure to get your votes in by 11:45 (EST), the night of Thursday, November 5th. Share some love and feedback in the comments for our writers.
01 November 2015 @ 12:00 pm
Over the past year, we at Brigit's Flame have offered prompts and contest formats designed to inspire writers of many types to explore, exercise, and hone their skills. We know that the irregularity of the due dates has caused some confusion with our long enduring members who have spent years relying on weekly contest deadlines to cycle like clockwork. We are sorry for the confusion, but we hope they saw some benefit from the changes as well. For example, this year we introduced the month-long single topic to give our members a chance to really dig into their story and then refine it into something not simply written off-the-cuff for fun, but as a work worthy of submission to a professionally judged contest with the chance of publication.

Writing is a great hobby. It is also a great profession. Either preference enhances your life and the reading enjoyment of our community.

As we move into November the NaNoWriMo energy will infect many of our members as they endeavor to pump out 50,000 wonderful words in a single month. This means fewer submissions on our end, but we wish all of our NaNoWriMo participants huge blocks of uninterrupted writing time and fingers that type like the wind. Look for writing exercises in our Friday chatter posts that are designed to help you dig deeper into your story development.

For those of you not joining the November writer's frenzy, we have yet another set of topics and peer driven contests for you.
There will be two contest due dates in November - Sunday the 15th and Sunday the 29th.
The theme for the month will be: Arrivals and Departures
Arrivals and Departures

The topic for your submission due on the 15th should be your take on


Do your writing justice, don't wait until the final weekend to write your entries. Get started today and give yourself time to refine.


I have had the opportunity to travel more in the last twenty-four months than at any other point in my life. Travel is one of those things that has always been on the top of my list of things to do if I won the lottery. There was a time when I wanted to visit every dot on the globe. I wanted to glut on foreign accents, diet on foreign food, and only know where I was by the currency crumpled up in my pockets socks. I have now traveled quite some distance from a fantasy life of endless journies.

In reality, travel is not all dreamy vistas and duty-free shopping. There are mazes of infinite lines; delayed/canceled/overbooked flights; poorly laid out airports combined with terrible footwear choices; cruise ships that lose power; lumpy hotel beds; and insane taxi/shuttle drivers who learned how to drive from Misters Toad & Magoo. Any or all of these challenges must be endured to capture that memorable moment overlooking a turquoise sea, a snow-capped peak, a fog-covered fjord, or a park full of pink cherry blossoms.

Then there is the travel that has nothing to do with vacationing. Sometimes we are required to pack a bag and travel to a bedside or a graveside -- endings to witness. Other times we pack a bag (or tons of boxes) and venture out for new beginnings -- forging our own destiny.

No matter the destination, your story can't begin until you depart.


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01 November 2015 @ 06:56 am

Please submit your entry for the week four prompt Hubris in the form below.
Thank you for writing with us this month.

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26 October 2015 @ 07:16 am
Good Monday to you all,
We have a few responses on our call to write for the prompt Fight or Flight. Let's jump in and see who tripped over the root in the path as the guy with the chainsaw revved menacingly.
Read, vote, and share a little feedback in the comments to let the writer know what aspects of their hard work appealed to you. As a community of unpublished authors, we are here to learn what stimulates the reader so we can do more of it. Constructive feedback is the key to honing our skills.

Your reading list awaits:

Title: none
Author: hwango
Word Count: 600ish
Genre: fiction
Warnings: abstract talk of war and casualties

Title: Can't Run From Love
Author: Rio
Word Count: 2,953
Genre: Detective Story
Warnings: some language

Title: Terror
Author: ayumidah
Word Count: 435
Genre: humor


Be sure to check out this week's prompt: Hubris. Even if you've sat out this first three weeks of October, there's a Just For Fun category just waiting for you to drop your story in it.

Vote Here
25 October 2015 @ 10:10 pm
The Greeks considered hubris to be excessive and violent behavior, rather than attitude -- excessive, violent behavior inevitably punished by the gods. In modern terminology hubris is all about attitude -- arrogance and pride that often leads to a individual's  (or a society's) demise.

'Tis  the season for creepy, and nothing says creepy like two-legged monsters creating the downfall of all humankind. Agree?

Whether you prefer the slightly dark and dramatic, or the eerie and the horrible, there's plenty to glean from this word describing the ultimate human flaw. Tell us the tale in 4000 words or less, please.

Your entries are due by 11:45 PM (EDT), Sunday November 1st.
The entry poll will appear before midnight on Saturday the 31st. #gowrite


Hi Flames! Are you ready to turn in your writing? Pencils down isn't until tomorrow night (11:45 pm EDT), no rush.
When it's polished up shiny drop it in the form attached.

Submit Here
23 October 2015 @ 06:12 am

Congratulations, Rio!
[aka urb_banal]

That was fun reading, y'all! What's say we do it again next week? Invite all your writing and reading friends to join us for Week Three

It is time, dear readers, for The Mysterious to be unveiled. Five of our members responded. Now it is up to you, dear readers, to pore over their work. Meditate on it; discover its meaning for yourself.

Do take care not to give yourself over to the work so completely that you sacrifice your sanity.

Take care, as well, with those of our arcane community. Share your thoughts in the margins so that the artisans and conjurers might know your mind and feel your appreciation for their craft.

We did lose two writers from the October project [with fondness do we remember their words], but their sacrifice has spared the others from ejection as our area of study becomes smaller.

Go forth and discover The Mysterious -

Title: Better Off Not Knowing
Author: ayumidah
Word Count: 855
Warnings: none
Genre: thriller

Title: none
Author: hwango
Word Count: 2,211 words
Warnings: no warnings.
Genre: fiction

Title: The Halloween Cloak
Author: missflyer
Word Count: 138
Warnings: no warnings
Genre: poetry

Title: The Mysterious Package
Author: Rio
Word Count: 2290
Warnings: Naw

Title: Myths By Moonlight
Author: t.s.wright
Word Count: 405
Warnings: None
Genre: Ritual for the scene, Science fiction for the larger, related work.

Voting ends Thursday, October 22nd at 11:45 pm EDT.
18 October 2015 @ 07:54 pm

The choice is rarely made consciously, however, we're generally consistent in our individual responses to extreme stressors. How does your character react when fear makes its cold sharp stabs to the spine?  When ravenous monsters rear their ugly heads? Will she put up her dukes, or run like the wind?

Put us in the middle of the action -- in 3500 words, or less, please.

Week Three entries are due by 11:45 PM (EDT), Sunday the 25th.

The submission poll will appear before midnight the 24th.

17 October 2015 @ 08:05 pm

Submit Regular Contest and Just For Fun entries HERE.

17 October 2015 @ 10:41 am

We have a tie! Congratulations, Kristina Van Hoose and t.s. wright!

Many thanks to all the writers in Week One! I look forward to your Week Two submissions -- don't forget to tell your writerly friends that Just For Fun submissions are also welcome for The Mysterious.

12 October 2015 @ 06:48 am
Our October contest begins with DARKNESS.

Seven writers have shared their creations, now we all get the opportunity to Read + Comment + Vote. This poll will close Thursday, October 15th at 11:45 PM (EDT), so take the opportunity to let your voice be heard in the voting. One writer will be eliminated in this first week, six will carry on through the second week competition with the prompt: The Mysterious.

And, your writers are:

Author: Kristina Van Hoose
Title: The Celebration
Word Count: 1570
Genre: Fantasy
Warnings: None

Author: Rio
Title: A Vision Softly Creeping
Word Count: 1500
Genre: Fantasy
Warnings: Talk about premature babies dying

Author:Dylan Parkin
Title: Humanity
Warnings: None

Author: t.s.wright
Title: A Doomed Moon
Word Count: 1,730
Genre: Science Fiction
Warnings: adult situation and homicidal thoughts

Author: missflyer
Title: "Of the Darkness"
Word Count: 13
Genre: haiku
Warnings: None

Author: hwango
Word Count: 177
Warnings:spookiness, creepy

Author: ayumidah
Title: Prank
Word Count: 2026
Genre: suspense