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(Topic Post) December Tales: Jot this down

A friend advised me a while back that the flash fiction contest is so limiting already, writing for a prompt that's a phrase instead of a single word is too challenging. December Tales contest is meant to give you a writing break during the hustle and bustle so we will keep it simple AND encourage some holiday cheer.

Write for us this third week of December, in 300 words or less, a little something about LIBATION.

Feel free to do some real world research in preparation.


(Topic Post) December Tales: Shake the dust off

Hello again,
With December being a busy month for many, we are offering stand-alone contests each week of December. Your response to this week's prompt should be turned in by Sunday, December 13th before 11:45pm (EST).

In 300 words or less I challenge you to write a tale with the theme

"You are our only hope."

You may submit up to three entries for the contest as long as they are newly written and shaped for the prompt.



(Topic Post) December Tales: Fingers at the ready?

Good morning, Flames and all other interested parties!
Today is the first day of December and the first day of a new series of prompts and writing challenges. Since this is a busy month for many we will offer stand-alone contests each week of December. Your response to this week's prompt should be turned in on Sunday, December 6th by 11:45pm (EST).

In 300 words or less I challenge you to write a tale with the theme

"Move Heaven and Earth"

You may submit up to three entries for the contest as long as they are newly written and shaped for the prompt.


Submit Here

(Topic Post) November Writing: Are We There Yet?

In keeping with the month's theme of
Arrivals and departures header

Your topic for the next two weeks is


When I think of arrivals I don't think of a character arriving at their destination but the people at that destination waiting to receive them. There is so much preparation that goes into receiving a guest. The days leading up to their arrival pass in a blink, as do the days of their visit. Have you ever noticed how fast a vacation passes? Ten days in the office take about twelve to get through, but ten days on a beach or holed up in a woodsy cabin only last about five. Vacations are the worst kind of time travel.

So what will you write about? Is the family coming over the river and through the woods for Thanksgiving? Did your astronaut take her first steps on Enceladus? Maybe there was an addition to the family or the zombies are at your door. The possibilities are as limitless as your imagination. We can't wait to see what you come up with.


The contest submissions for 'Arrivals' are due by 11:45pm (EST) on Sunday, November 29. I forgot to mention with 'Departures' (due tonight) that there was no word count limit. I think a reasonable max cap is 6,000 words. Don't go too crazy with it ;)

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(Topic Post) November Writing: Journey With Us

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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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

October - Week Three - Fight Or Flight

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.

Calling All Writers To The October Competition: DARKNESS

No light, but rather darkness visible.
-John Milton

Your mission in this first of a four-week long competition is to write a maximum of 2500 words for the theme DARKNESS.

Shall you tell of a bleak landscape, a room full of shadows, or a lightless soul?  What ideas spark when pondering the black? Write what you must!

All entries are due by Sunday, October 11th, 11:45 PM (EDT). The poll for submitting links to your entries will appear before midnight Saturday 10/10. BE READY!