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Flash Fiction Month

Remember how your mother told you never to flash your fiction in public? Well, we here at Flash Fiction Month don’t adhere to such societal norms.

FFM is an annual community writing event, run during the month of July, in which participants write one piece of flash fiction between 55-1000 words every day for a month.

Each day we post prompts, and the occasional (optional) extra challenge, and though it may seem daunting at first, we guarantee you'll have a good time, meet some new people, and learn a thing or two about writing along the way.


:bulletgreen: What is Flash Fiction Month all about?

Flash Fiction Month is an annual community writing event, run in July, in which participants write one piece of flash fiction every day for a month.

:bulletgreen: What is Flash Fiction?

Flash Fiction is simply very short prose pieces, generally defined as being 1000 words or less. The word limits for Flash Fiction Month are 55 words minimum, to 1000 words maximum.

:bulletgreen: Do I have to write every day?

Yes. No. Whatever you can manage - we at FFM realise that life can get busy, so we understand that some people may not be able to write a 1000-word story every day. But c'mon - it's flash fiction! We think a three-a-week minimum is a reasonable expectation, considering you can write three 55-worders, if you like.

However we do hope you'll give the full FFM experience a try. It can be difficult, but we guarantee you'll reach the end of the month a better writer, and ideally you'll have had some fun, and made some new friends.

:bulletgreen: How do I join?

Simple! First, make your commitment official and let us know you're participating on the yearly Sign-Up Page. Then join the official FlashFictionMonth group so that you can share your stories with fellow participants during July! And finally, watch our founding account Flash-Fic-Month, to receive timely (separate) notifications for the daily prompts, so the important stuff doesn't get lost in the fray!

:bulletgreen: Still have questions?

Visit our comprehensive FAQ page and all will be revealed.

:bulletgreen: Feeling generous?

Our FFM winner's prizes are funded entirely by donations! So if you're feeling altruistic, and you have a few spare points to hand, head over to Flash-Fic-Month and donate! :flirty:


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FFM Links - 1 July 2022Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 1.It’s the first official day of Flash Fiction Month! A beautiful summer month looms before you, sunny and sparkling and full of hidden monstrosities. There’s no challenge for today, so feel free to dip a toe into the water before you jump in. Please note that Hydra is not responsible for lost toes or any other appendages.InstructionsFlash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, and the occasional optional challenge.Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 1 in the comments below.If you write a story every day this month, and complete every challenge you could win a prize!When you upload your newly minted literature deviations remember to use these official FFM tags: #flashfictionmonth , #ffm2022RemindersComments are the best motivation. Help boost the FFM community spirit, and take the time to read and comment on fellow FFMers work whenever you can.Inspire the masses! Donate prompts, music, and images to the 2022 Prompt Bank and help keep the writing doldrums at bay.Have questions? Need someone to complain to about the latest ridiculous challenge element? The FFM Discord Channel is the best place to be! No sign-ups necessary, just follow the link to dip a proverbial toe into the waters, and meet the local wildlife. The writers are mostly tame, we promise.Still haven't signed up for 31 days of flash fiction insanity? Head on over to the 2022 Sign-Up Page, and offer up your name. We also recommend a visit to our FFM FAQ, where the answers to all (or at least most) of your questions reside.

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Treasure ChestSmogg, the greatest of the crimson dragons, wheeled in the skies above Pondtown, belching impenetrable clouds of smoke and showers of white-hot sparks. A band of treasure-hunting dwarves had driven it out of its lair, and their fastest messenger had raced into town bearing the sole arrow capable of killing it.Burt the bowman drew the arrow back to his cheek and waited patiently for his target to present itself. He had a reputation for unfailing accuracy, and it was well deserved.“His entire underside is coated in gems from his hoard,” said the messenger, hurriedly, “but there's a gap on his left breast. It's the only way to kill him.”“No!” protested the mayor, waving his arms blubberously. “If you kill it now its body will crush half the town! Aim for its eye – drive it back to its lair!”Smogg swooped low, flaring its wings to impose upon them the full majesty of its impervious glittering armour. Still, Burt held off, the perfect opportunity apparently not yet perfect enough. Heat poured from the body of the beast as it flapped, casting a gale through the streets that stripped the leaves from the trees and sandblasted the windows opaque. The dwarven messenger, the mayor and his aide all ducked for cover, but Burt stood his ground. As the dragon rose up again, he loosed his arrow. “I don't believe it,” gasped the messenger.“You missed!” spat the mayor.The arrow had winged the dragon, ploughing a furrow through the armour on its side. “Whoops,” said Burt, just barely restraining a smile as an enormous diamond tumbled into his chimney.
How / You / FeelIt was patterns. It was a thing spinning in time, existing only in how it changed from one moment to the next. Existing only in how it stayed the same. It was music. It was a song, the song. The one Master had made with loving iron gloves, had been told: spin, sing, here, manage each beat, overlay them, control them— It was the one who could see through itself as it spun its vibrations in the air—could see all people from the land—and lower the note, quicken the beat, do what it was created for, its great art. It could see all, know all, and be the music in their hearts. Change the music in their hearts. Master had said: make sure they love me. What is love? it had asked, off-beat to itself. This one, Master had patiently said, led it to the patterns that meant love, the collections of notes that invoked it, the rising motion, the bridges. Oh, it said, and it was beautiful. Make sure, Master reminded. And here, here’s what anger looks like— Rhythms on top of each other, a shrill voice. Also beautiful. Do not allow them anger toward their required tasks. It had moved sadly between tones. Why not allow? I like the sound of this, I like the sound of all that sounds— Not for their required tasks. And not for me. But for other things, if you want. At your discretion. And so was the way it had learned and learned and learned, and grown a repository of every timbre of feeling it could find, had connected them in melodies one atop another to make any mix— And now— Master? Master? it called out. But no one responded. It was time; it kept to beats. It knew the passage of its movements and it counted them and Master still did not return. But it did see the emotions—hear them—the confusion—Someone has killed the Overlord, it heard someone say— It vibrated sadly, and made that person sad about that. I don’t know why, I don’t know why, it makes me so sad— We can do anything we want now— But I fear freedom— They said, the Heroes, they said the Overlord had hold of our emotions—so maybe— The song that was everyone’s emotions sped up. Maybe he’s alive! Maybe Master’s alive! And then it realized that of course he wasn’t. All that was left was—was it—a song no one knew of— A song no one could talk to— A song that didn’t know what to do. A plaintive cry in human voices. A slowing… slowing… slowing down of the rhythm until each note lasted seconds, a droning cry. No one could hear it, of course, only feel it, but they all felt it and what they felt was loneliness. I don’t know why, but— But it’s like there’s someone I need to find. And the song wanted—it wanted—oh how it wanted, and if it wanted hard enough perhaps it could encode location as music that could not be heard, and maybe— Maybe someone could feel where it was. The cries and screams and voices, patterns in string instruments overlaying the slow drone that was loneliness, patterns mathematically arranged, a location, a location, the castle, the storeroom in the castle— I don’t know why. I don’t know why, but I have to go. Yeah, into the Overlord’s old palace—I don’t know why—but there’s something I want and there’s something I need to find. When the door opened, finally, finally, the song was a melody of joy. H-hello? I don’t know why, but—is there someone here— Yes, me, me, I’m right here. I… feel you. Hear you? What’s this song… That’s me, I’m a song, hi, hello, will you be my new—it almost said master, but no one else could be Master, so it decided on a word it had only heard in passing—my new friend?...
FFM Daily Prompts and Challenges
FFM Links - 31 July 2021Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 31.The final day of Flash Fiction Month is upon us, and with it comes your parting challenge! We hope you've had as much fun as we have. But don't go just yet! There's still judging to be done for the challenge writers (after which the our prize winners will be announced). And we're still looking for nominations for the Golden Mug Awards (which are open to every story, by every FFMer)! August is also the perfect time to catch up on all that reading and commenting you missed out on during the month of July. But before all that can happen one more story awaits. VIVA!, InstructionsFlash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, and the occasional optional challenge.Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 31 in the comments below.If you write a story every day this month, and complete every challenge, you will enter the history books as a writer of singular purpose, unbowed and unshaken by the perils of flash fiction month. You could also win a prize! And if you wrote anything at all for FFM this year, remember the Golden Mug Awards are here to celebrate all our writers and their myriad approaches. So don't forget to nominate your own best story for the Golden Yarn, and the work of others for the myriad other awards up for grabs. When you upload your newly minted literature deviations remember to use these official FFM tags: #flashfictionmonth , #ffm2021, ,,Beginnings & EndingsWelcome to the inter-galactic flash fiction highway. Just beware the roadside trans-dimensional tentacles that might try to grab you and drag you screaming into the void of the unknown. If you need directions, remember your friendly pocket-Hydra is always just one click away.Now hurry up, and don't forget your towel! Myriad worlds and adventures await for your final challenge of the month. All you have to do is step through one of the following portals... , [PORTAL #1] - Well, well! You've chosen to find a collaborative partner for the next stage of your voyage! Clearly you're the kind of person who values safety in numbers. Or perhaps you just like having a spare traveller to throw to the wolves when things get hairy. Whatever your moral or personal predilections just click on the Portal link to proceed to the next checkpoint... [PORTAL #2]---- Hoo boy! You've chosen the path of the lone traveller! Looks like we've got a brave one on our hands. Perhaps you get things done better on your own. Or maybe you just don't have time for other people and their convoluted schedules. On the plus side there's no collateral damage to worry about, but on the downside, you won't have anyone to share your witty observations with (and they are so terribly witty). Either way, grab your gear and click on the Portal link to find out what happens next..., SOME CHALLENGE NOTESDecide which one challenge approach you would prefer before proceeding. If you want to try your hand at a Collaboration via portal #1, you can find a collaboration partner by posting a comment below advertising your availability, or better yet, by visiting the FFM Discord Channel and making use of our collaboration rooms for maximum efficiency!We know that the practicalities of collaboration can be trying with multiple time-zones, and schedules to account for, so we've uploaded this early and we're also giving everyone a full weekend to get their collaborations in order. Just make sure your story is uploaded by Monday the 2nd of August. It's really rewarding, and we hope you'll give it a try. We're also here to give any assistance you might need, so don't hesitate to ask. But if you'd rather to stick with the Response option via portal #2, then all you need to do is follow the link to find your instructions. Piece of cake! (Also just to be clear, each Portal name is a link that leads to the actual challenge elements for either a Collaborative or Response challenge. Sometimes the links don't show up on mobile DA, so browser is best.) If you've done the challenge remember to let us know by writing either "Collaboration Challenge" or "Response Challenge" next to the link for your submission. Not doing the challenge? No problem! Check out the optional prompts below! , Parting NoticesComments are the best motivation. Help boost the FFM community spirit, and take the time to read and comment on fellow FFMers work whenever you can. Now that you aren't writing every day, this is the perfect time to catch up on your reading and show your fellow writer's some appreciation. The FFM Discord Channel exists beyond July if you need a friendly global writer's hub. So if you haven't checked in yet, please do. Everyone is nice and friendly, and there's a strong NaNoWriMo crowd too. It never hurts to have a little community boost to hand when you're feeling down.Still haven't signed up for 31 days of flash fiction insanity? Alas, the event is now over. But there's always next year! Just head on over to our FFM FAQ, where the answers to all (or at least most) of your questions can be found, and give Flash-Fic-Month a watch in preparation for July 2022. Now that the main event is over WE NEED STORY SUGGESTIONS for the Golden Mug Awards. The GMA's are open to absolutely everyone who took part in the event, and we ask each of you to submit your favourite FFM stories, plus YOUR OWN BEST STORY for consideration.And next year we'll be needing volunteers for judging, and event organisation, so you have 11 months to mull things over and consider throwing your hat into the ring. ,...
FFM Links - 29 July 2021Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 29. What’s that you hear? No it isn’t Hydra’s collection of mix-tapes. That’s intro music, baby. Civilians beware, sounds like a superhero battle is about to commence. , InstructionsFlash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, and the occasional optional challenge.Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 29 in the comments below.If you write a story every day this month, and complete every challenge you could win a prize! When you upload your newly minted literature deviations remember to use these official FFM tags: #flashfictionmonth, #ffm2021, ,,It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane!Your main character must be considered a superhero. (Or villain, if you’re feeling fiendish.) No guys in tech suits here, real abilities only.We can’t all fly: An unconventional form of transportation must appear somewhere in the story. Bonus element: An apathetic side-kick. If you've done the challenge remember to let us know by writing "Challenge" next to the link for your submission. Not doing the challenge? No problem! Check out the optional prompts below! , RemindersComments are the best motivation. Help boost the FFM community spirit, and take the time to read and comment on fellow FFMers work whenever you can. Inspire the masses! Donate prompts, music, and images to the 2021 Prompt Bank and help keep the writing doldrums at bay.Have questions? Need someone to complain to about the latest ridiculous challenge element? The FFM Discord Channel is the best place to be! No sign-ups necessary, just follow the link to dip a proverbial toe into the waters, and meet the local wildlife. The writers are mostly tame, promise. Still haven't signed up for 31 days of flash fiction insanity? It's probably a bit late, but there's always next year and we recommend a visit our FFM FAQ, where the answers to all (or at least most) of your questions reside.,...
FFM Links - 28 July 2021Welcome to Flash Fiction Month, day 28.Almost there! Just about half a week to go. You can do this! VIVA!, InstructionsFlash Fiction Month is about writing – and posting – a story between 55-1000 words in length every day during July. Each day we'll upload a deviation where you can post your story for the day, with optional prompts, and the occasional optional challenge. Paste a link to your flash fiction piece for July 28 in the comments below. If you write a story every day this month, and complete every challenge you could win a prize! When you upload your newly minted literature deviations remember to use these official FFM tags: #flashfictionmonth , #ffm2021, RemindersComments are the best motivation. Help boost the FFM community spirit, and take the time to read and comment on fellow FFMers work whenever you can. Inspire the masses! Donate prompts, music, and images to the 2021 Prompt Bank and help keep the writing doldrums at bay.Have questions? Need someone to complain to about the latest ridiculous challenge element? The FFM Discord Channel is the best place to be! No sign-ups necessary, just follow the link to dip a proverbial toe into the waters, and meet the local wildlife. The writers are mostly tame, promise. Still haven't signed up for 31 days of flash fiction insanity? Head on over to the 2021 Sign-Up Page, and offer up your name. We also recommend a visit our FFM FAQ, where the answers to all (or at least most) of your questions reside.,...
FFM 2021
FFM 2021 #28 - Dark CovenantOnce upon a time, that’s how it’s supposed to start, isn’t it? Once upon a time, there was a couple. It always begins like that… sorry. This couple wanted a child; well really they needed an heir.But it was a girl that was born and though they should have been glad, they were disappointed. As she aged, the girl seemed destined to be… less than attractive. Her parents found every opportunity to berate her; for her awkwardness, her gender and her looks. Mostly her looks. Her mother was a beauty and could not bear having a child who did not look anything but gorgeous.As the child turned 7, her mother was pregnant again and this time the much anticipated son was born. He was as handsome as she was plain, with golden hair and beautiful chiseled features. She tried to gain her parents’ love by becoming knowledgeable in science, literature, History, even politics though it wasn’t usually meant for girls. But they only had eyes for her little brother. Beauty was the sole measure of worth.As she met some men who would broker an alliance with her family, she discovered the game was the same. She heard what they called her, the names they used to describe her. So she left her home to seek a power that would make her beautiful… She found it; but it came at a price.The sorcerer who taught her… he gave her a mirror; it wasn’t really a mirror. But it passed for one. And that is how everyone thinks of that… thing. But it was a covenant. She would be powerful and beautiful; but she must feed the mirror with what she wished to obtain so it would reflect it back to her.At first she didn’t really understand what it meant… but she did, real quick. And it was awful. Had she not known the price she would pay if she didn’t satisfy the mirror, she would have stopped before she even began. She found young boys and girls, whose parents no longer wanted, or could no longer care for. Famine had spread and many had little to go by. They wouldn’t be missed. She fed the mirror youth and beauty; what he took from these children, he gave back to her. She cried a lot at first… but after a while she lost count. She grieved for them but… It wasn’t enough though; she only got beauty from them. So she approached small merchants, businessmen - greedy men who thought a young woman could be taken advantage of. They wouldn’t be missed, these leeches who preyed on the vulnerable. And they gave her the aura of power she needed. But bourgeoisie wasn’t enough… not if she wanted to change the way of the world. She must marry into royalty and for that… even if she was born of noble blood, she wasn’t acknowledged as such. She didn’t meet her family; not at first. It seemed… warped. But it was so tempting to see if her parents would recognize her. They didn’t. And she couldn’t help but notice how cruel her brother was to his people; spoiled as he had been, he saw nothing of the hardships people faced, and had he seen them she wondered if he’d have cared. They faced the mirror too. She begged its spirit not to swallow it all. They lived, but it left them as poor as the young children she first fed it.And she was powerful enough to attract a king’s interest: a widower with a very much desired young daughter.She wanted to love that child; and in fact she did… for many years. You will hear say that she was jealous. She wasn’t. Though in time she grew worried… the king doted on his daughter but, as she aged, so his love changed. And the child was spoiled. Much like her brother. She attempted to bring some balance to the child, a bit of firmness where her father would allow anything. Some rules and lessons so the girl would learn that beauty doesn’t suffice. And she was beautiful, that child. She might yet become a beautiful person if she was given the opportunity. When the king got sick… well, it went so fast. Whatever took him was quick. He didn’t suffer much but it was difficult.And then, the mirror demanded her most beautiful stepdaughter. And she couldn’t do it. It was too much of a price.So she tasked a huntsman to guide her daughter to a safe place and to bring her a heart in exchange. Maybe, she might convince the mirror she had tried to do as demanded. It was unlikely but… It didn’t work. And slowly but surely, her power and beauty ebbed. As it did, the spirit of the mirror grew stronger, took a shape of its own. Her shape… and it wanted the girl. Desperately. You know the rest of the story, how the girl survived multiple attempts on her life, eventually gaining a royal husband. She got her happily ever after. And somehow the spirit of the mirror was destroyed. I’m not sure it was… it was made too weak but it will find a way back some day.The Queen… tried to continue to change the conditions of her people… in some ways she succeeded, not in others. And as she aged, people forgot she once was beautiful. The fairest of them all. She was still fair… in her judgments and rulings. It was her wisdom her people sought....
Contests, Promotions, Etc
Flash Fiction Month 2022 - DANGER Will Robinson!Hark!Yes, you read that correctly. Flash-Fic-Month is in danger! Hydra, the all seeing, all powerful beast is on the brink of extinction, and with that falls the mighty Flash Fiction Month, this delicious literature event that we've been running since 2009.We need volunteers in order to make this year happen. We need Hydra heads and we need Judges, but we can only look for judges if we have the infrastructure to run the event.Now, before you starting jonesing for it, please read the koalafications below.Hydra Head Requirements COMMITTED: #1, first and foremost, above all things, hallelujah amen, Actually Available. Almost nothing else matters but this. Quite literally. Can you read? Doesn't matter. Be here.Now, we get that people have lives, because it'd be weird otherwise unless you’re a blob of neurons floating in space (no offense to any neurons floating in space, please apply), and truly that is why we have an evil, er, magnificent council of flesh--no, lit eating--READING-heads. Ahem. But if you are interested in becoming an Hydra head, we truly need you to be very honest about your time constraints & capabilities or else it'll fall apart. COMMITTED, SERIOUSLY: Fight Club eat your heart out. FLEXIBLE: No FFM survives contact with July. You don't have to be a go with the flow person, but if you aren't, we might have to stick you in the back room and this may be a stressful time for you. Radical honesty here, people.BONUS POINTS FOR:Tech savvinessFamiliarity with google sheets and/or excelFamiliarity with discordA dark, sordid pastA sense of humorFamiliarity and/or patience with dA as a platformA taste for human fle—literary talentGraphical know howDogged, if not grudging, persistenceGluttony for punishmentAn extreme opinion of David Bowie in either directionHaving read all the words on this pageInterested in this harrowing yet absolutely awesome and rewarding?Drop us a note, subject line: Hydra Head SacrificeIt’s in your hands now, fellow wordsmiths;The fate of FFM is now in your hands.
FFM 2021 Challenge Winners!At last we are here to reveal the challenge winners of Flash Fiction Month 2021!To be eligible for the community-funded prize pool, writers needed to have completed all 31 days and all 14 challenges. Each week we asked you to choose your best and brightest challenge stories. These stories were submitted to various rounds of judging, where they poked and prodded, and their little story hearts were weighed on Anubis' scales to discover if they were +/- the weight of a feather.You know, all the standard stuff. For the thirteenth year running Flash Fiction Month is proud to reveal four overall winners based on the total challenge scores for the entirety of the month! The numbers have been tallied, and the tallies have been numbered, and now they have become sentient and started singing the praises of various writers. It's all a bit alarming to be honest.(On account of Eclipse, this is best viewed on a computer; we can't guarantee the behavior of formatting gremlins in any other format.)Introducing the Champions of Flash Fiction Month 2021 ,RReaping's End She runs. Left, left, left again; turns mean more @GDeyke Every year @GDeyke amazes us with their consummate skill. Their stories are gorgeous, lyrical, and full of strange wonders. ,FFFM 2021 #20 PerspectiveA creature lived in Eden. It did not know @NobodysSon @NobodySon may be new to our FFM shores, but they fit right in like they belonged, wowing us throughout the month with their excellent stylistic tones, and folkloric story elements.,DDevotion and DesireThere was a boy who fell in love with the ocean: @bookcrusher @bookcrusher tackles the everyday and the strange with equal skill, always grounding their work in real and relatable emotions and characters.Their stories are guaranteed to make you laugh, and cry, and warm your heart in equal measure.,PPanic Attack You can’t breathe. You’re dying; there’s no other @Francsart Another newcomer in our midst! @Francsart impressed us right out the gate, often hooking us from the very first line, and subverting our narrative expectations.Their stories were were dark, and eloquent, and always packed a punch. Honorable Mentions Check out these incredible tales from our runners up! @Teela-Y, @LeaderPinhead, @WizardandGalaxy, and @SerenityFeueropal ,TThe Wish Not Granted [FFM #22, 2021]Earl reached into the clear, gently chlorinatedAA Wolf and Little Red “Sir Wolf, I beg you to eat me now.” Farrar eyedFFFM 2021 Day 15: To Suffer The SeaXe strides along the bleached sands, a sharpenedDDay 6 - DemonsLast night, I went to bed with a stranger, alcoholCongratulations!The four winners will be contacted via note over the next few days to arrange their prizes in the form of this excellent beverage holder. ,But wait, there's more!There are always so many great stories to choose from each challenge week, and it would be a shame not to share them for the consumption of the masses. So without further ado, here are some of the challenge stories that impressed us each week. Week One Favourites @squanpie @Francsart @NobodysSon ,FFFM3 2021 - A Chance Encounter Ethan slouched in the booth and twirled one ofTTwo Hours in the Future [FFM 21 1st]You can see your future. Daria swallowed it twoFFFM 2021 #3 Farming Will Be the Death of MeThe farmer arrived at his field mid-morning, when Week Two Favourites @NobodysSon @bookcrusher @Teela-Y ,FFFM 2021 #6 A People PersonHi, friend! Up here! Yeah, up here on top of theDDave, The BraveWhen he realized his name rhymed with ‘brave’RRainbow on an Autumn Day [FFM #8 2021]As he stood there in the quasi grey-light of the Week Three Favorites @LeaderPinhead @SarcasticCupcake5 @Francsart ,AA Wolf and Little Red “Sir Wolf, I beg you to eat me now.” Farrar eyedFFavorite ShirtShe won’t know, when he picks out the littleJJonathan It all begun when he brought me into the bedroom. Week Four Favourites @Tealya @GDeyke @bookcrusher,YYour Mothers SunshineThe room had been painted a warm, sunny yellowMMares' Milk I milk the mares every morning. It’s harder thanCCome for a midnight danceAnd waltz with us who guard the forest. Join us Week Five Favourites @Irennia @MyLovingWife @LeaderPinhead ,FFFM 2021 Day 27: LieWe wished to be free. No, I wished to be free. ButFFFM 2021 #27 - Cecilia2051.04.11 Hello my darling, You must just haveHHue-mun “This isn’t my body,” he thought. He pinched his But wait! There's STILL more!Stick around for a couple more days as we prepare to announce the community-tested and Hydra-approved recipients of the Second Annual Golden Mug Awards!VIVA!...
General Flash Fiction
This Is Going to HurtElliot Smith was running down the school hallway, being quickly pursued by four angry individuals. “Get back here, you stupid turd!” the leader of the group shouted. Oh, why did he have to mouth off to these guys, Elliot thought to himself. He should have known they’d kick his ass. Elliot quickly ducked around a corner and looked for somewhere to hide. He spotted a classroom and ran inside. He quickly closed the door behind him and listened closely as his pursuers ran past. Elliot let out a sigh of relief. Hopefully he could hide out in this place for the moment until he figured out what to do. That’s when he felt a hand on his shoulder and nearly jumped. “Oh, hello there,” came a friendly voice. Elliot turned around to see another student. This individual appeared to have crimson red hair and was dressed rather formally in a cyan-coloured dress shirt with a dark-blue bow tie and dark-blue dress pants. A white medical mask adorned his face. “Did you come here with a dental ailment?” William Vanderhausen asked. “What? No!” Elliot replied, looking confused, “actually, I’m just-” “Oh, then you must be volunteering to assist me with my research,” the other student said, a beaming smile radiating from underneath his mask. Before Elliot could reply, he was being dragged by William over to a mechanical chair and forcefully seated in it. The other student then began strapping Elliot’s arms and legs to the chair, followed by his torso and head. “H-hang on! What are you doing?!” Elliot demanded as he was being strapped to the chair. “Just making sure you stay still for the experiment,” William replied. “W-wait! Experiment?! What kind of experiment?” Elliot exclaimed, getting nervous as he watched William put on a pair of white medical examination gloves. The redhead then stood next to a machine that looked like a thick table slanted at a 45-degree angle. On the front of this machine were various knobs and switches, as well as a few analogue meters. From the back of it hung numerous electrical cords. Some appeared to have Velcro attached to them while others did not. William took these cords and began placing them all over Elliot’s body. The non-Velcro cords were attached with a bit of adhesive. “Oh, I’ll be happy to explain. Once I finish attaching these cords, I will give you the full details,” William said in a cheery manner. As usual, he mistook his test subject’s concern for scientific interest. The science-loving student then walked back over to the front of the machine and gestured to it. “This device is going to send an electric charge through your body. The sensors will pick up how your body reacts and the data will be recorded into the machine’s databank. I will be controlling the electrical output and making observational notes,” William stated. Elliot’s eyes went wide at the explanation he just heard. “Wait, what?!! No, no, no, wait!!” he exclaimed, but William already flipped the switch that turned on the machine. William turned a few dials and the machine began sending an electric charge into Elliot’s body. Meanwhile, right outside the science lab, the four guys who were chasing Elliot met back up, having split up to search for him. “So, did you find him?” the group leader asked. The other three shook their heads. “Tch!” the leader grunted in annoyance. He then pounded a fist into the other hand. “Looks like the lucky bastard managed to escape a world of pain,” the leader said angrily. The four guys began walking away, taking no notice of the agonized screams coming from the science lab.,...
FFM 2020
Midnight Hornet - FFM 2020, Day 31“It’s late, why aren’t you sleeping?”The small creature who had just flown into the bathroom from the dark outside through the open window ignored her, instead crashing into the ceiling lamp repeatedly. Its loud, distinctive buzz filled the white-tiled room, and she was quite certain what it was.She grabbed the empty water cup and a flat sample package of lotion, and climbed up onto the edge of the bathtub.The almost finger-sized insect moved fast, but its golden-black hues were unmistakeable, and she found herself shy of getting too close, which along with its frenzied back-and-forth made it impossible to capture.Until it crashed right into her face.“FU-”She flinched back, barely keeping her balance. She didn’t want to agitate the insect more, and resisted the urge to swat at it as it clung to the bridge of her glasses, before it seemed to get its bearings and took off again.But it had been enough.This was no insect.She climbed down from the bathtub, getting a safer distance between it and herself, never taking her eyes off it. This would be a bit easier.She fetched a bowl of cream, and held it out to the creature. It didn’t seem to notice at first, or maybe it was shy; she set the bowl down by the sink, and after a minute, it did come down from the ceiling, buzzed around the bowl for a moment, and finally sat down on its edge, leaning forward on slender, gold-and-black limbs to drink.She picked the bowl up gently, careful not to wobble it, and gently placed it on the floor outside the front door. The creature didn’t move from the spot.Then she went back indoors, made sure all the windows were tightly closed, and went to bed.
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Tribble Month Day 1"We want Tribble Month." Approved.This year we approach TM with a simpler view—minimalism.Let's bring keep it to a minimum to another level.Both for simplicity and timeliness. Welcome to Tribble Month - Minimalist September___________________________________________________________________________________ FAQ What is Tribble Month?A lower suffering-inducing Hydra head sprouted from Flash Fiction Month that forces its penitent souls to write stories between 50-300 words long through the month of September. Because clearly a month full of full flash stories isn’t enough once per year. Do the stories need to follow a particular topic/theme?As this is each individual’s self-imposed penance, they’re free to choose the flavor of their own poison. There will be a daily suggested topic prompt if the hellish fires don’t allow some to think clearly—an understandable circumstance in these grounds. How do I take part?After you’ve offered a price for your soul, you can simply start posting, no signing up needed. Do I need to use the daily prompts and challenges?As mentioned above, each victim voluntary participant can decide whether to use the provided daily prompt or not. The same goes for the challenges. Whether you want to add more coal to the fires is up to you. How do I submit my story?You can copy/paste the link of your published story in the comments below each daily condemnation, I mean, motivational message. Anything else I should do or know?Hell or not, everyone likes some praise and encouragement, so as momma Hydra used to say: “A comment a day keeps the heads at bay!” I have a hard time keeping to challenges, is there any support?For additional cheers, hurrahs, and extra pushes, follow the lake of fire to the FFM Discord Server and check into the Tribble Month Channel for a lift in morale and a sip of water.___________________________________________________________________________________ TM day 1 prompt: SproutWe all begin small, from a tiny bee to the largest sequoia tree. Start small.,
TM Day 30: FarewellThis is it, you made it, you’ve reached the top of Everest, the edge of the world, the end of the rainbow, the dark side of the moon! Aren’t you a titan, you awesome writer you!,Let us know, did you make it? Did you enjoy the suffering, the fun, the reckless creativity? We certainly hope you did. Until the next one, go ahead, you’ve earned your rest One last time for the road, if you want to review what happened for the past 30 days, here's a refresher of what Tribble Month is all about!____________________________________________________________________________FAQWhat is Tribble Month?A lower suffering-inducing Hydra head sprouted from Flash Fiction Month that forces its penitent souls to write stories between 50-300 words long through the month of September. Because clearly a month full of full flash stories isn’t enough once per year.Do the stories need to follow a particular topic/theme?As this is each individual’s self-imposed penance, they’re free to choose the flavor of their own poison. There will be a daily suggested topic prompt if the hellish fires don’t allow some to think clearly—an understandable circumstance in these grounds.How do I take part?After you’ve offered a price for your soul, you can comment in the sign-up page conveniently linked right here. Thereon it’s all hell loose literary bliss!Do I need to use the daily prompts and challenges?As mentioned above, each victim voluntary participant can decide whether to use the provided daily prompt or not. The same goes for the challenges. Whether you want to add more coal to the fires is up to you.How do I submit my story?You can copy/paste the link of your published story in the comments below each daily condemnation motivational message.Anything else I should do or know?Hell or not, everyone likes some praise and encouragement, so as momma Hydra used to say: “A comment a day keeps the heads at bay!”I have a hard time keeping to challenges, is there any support?For additional cheers, hurrahs, and extra pushes, follow the lake of fire to the FFM Discord Server and check into the Tribble Month Channel for a lift in morale and a sip of water.____________________________________________________________________________Day 30 Prompt: FarewellEverything comes to an end at some point, so inevitably, we have to say goodbye and hopefully see you around—unless, of course, you don’t want to see them around, then yeah, you figure that one out. Tell of a time you’ve had to say farewell, how was it, bittersweet, tragic, neutral, couldn’t be happier? Let us know one last time!,
TM Day 29: The Last BattleLike the day before the battle against the white walkers, or the second to last episode of Stranger Things, or the battle between Aang and the Fire Lord, we are at the brink of this month before the grand closing. Whether you’ve written every single story, half, or just made it through ⅓ of the first tribble, this Hydra sprout is proud of each and every one of you for even attempting this event. Let’s finish this strong!,You can do this, so don’t even bother, just review the section below if you have questions or just skip right to the story!____________________________________________________________________________FAQWhat is Tribble Month?A lower suffering-inducing Hydra head sprouted from Flash Fiction Month that forces its penitent souls to write stories between 50-300 words long through the month of September. Because clearly a month full of full flash stories isn’t enough once per year.Do the stories need to follow a particular topic/theme?As this is each individual’s self-imposed penance, they’re free to choose the flavor of their own poison. There will be a daily suggested topic prompt if the hellish fires don’t allow some to think clearly—an understandable circumstance in these grounds.How do I take part?After you’ve offered a price for your soul, you can comment in the sign-up page conveniently linked right here. Thereon it’s all hell loose literary bliss!Do I need to use the daily prompts and challenges?As mentioned above, each victim voluntary participant can decide whether to use the provided daily prompt or not. The same goes for the challenges. Whether you want to add more coal to the fires is up to you.How do I submit my story?You can copy/paste the link of your published story in the comments below each daily condemnation motivational message.Anything else I should do or know?Hell or not, everyone likes some praise and encouragement, so as momma Hydra used to say: “A comment a day keeps the heads at bay!”I have a hard time keeping to challenges, is there any support?For additional cheers, hurrahs, and extra pushes, follow the lake of fire to the FFM Discord Server and check into the Tribble Month Channel for a lift in morale and a sip of water.____________________________________________________________________________Day 29 Prompt: The Last BattleIn all great stories, especially adventures, there’s always this one moment that will define the rest to come. What is that crucial event to you? Is it a great battle? If so, is it a literal battle or something more abstract and figurative? Whatever that may be, make us catch our breath!,
TM Day 28: CHALLENGE #4!I mean, if you’ve made it THIS far, there’s really no point in stopping. You’ve already gone through three, so why not complete the last CHALLENGE of this the first edition of Tribble Month? I think you can take it, so let’s do this!,If you’re ready for the final stand challenge-wise, flex those wrists and crack those knuckles because we’re going in! If you need a little refresher, and perhaps a reassurance, read the next section to see what Tribble Month is about.____________________________________________________________________________FAQWhat is Tribble Month?A lower suffering-inducing Hydra head sprouted from Flash Fiction Month that forces its penitent souls to write stories between 50-300 words long through the month of September. Because clearly a month full of full flash stories isn’t enough once per year.Do the stories need to follow a particular topic/theme?As this is each individual’s self-imposed penance, they’re free to choose the flavor of their own poison. There will be a daily suggested topic prompt if the hellish fires don’t allow some to think clearly—an understandable circumstance in these grounds.How do I take part?After you’ve offered a price for your soul, you can comment in the sign-up page conveniently linked right here. Thereon it’s all hell loose literary bliss!Do I need to use the daily prompts and challenges?As mentioned above, each victim voluntary participant can decide whether to use the provided daily prompt or not. The same goes for the challenges. Whether you want to add more coal to the fires is up to you.How do I submit my story?You can copy/paste the link of your published story in the comments below each daily condemnation motivational message.Anything else I should do or know?Hell or not, everyone likes some praise and encouragement, so as momma Hydra used to say: “A comment a day keeps the heads at bay!”I have a hard time keeping to challenges, is there any support?For additional cheers, hurrahs, and extra pushes, follow the lake of fire to the FFM Discord Server and check into the Tribble Month Channel for a lift in morale and a sip of water.____________________________________________________________________________Day 28 Prompt: CHALLENGE #4 - Haiku Formatted StoryFor this last challenge, we’re going to truly define what micro-fiction truly is! If you choose to complete the final challenge, you are to write a story using the haiku poem 5-7-5 format. Don’t know what haiku is? See the references here and here. You don’t need to follow the strict rules of haiku, just the 5-7-5 structure to tell us a story. Blow our minds away with what you can come up with in just 17 syllables!,
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The Science Lovers with Their Fancy TiesChristopher Basil was chatting with William Vanderhausen. The two of them were discussing their various scientific research and findings. They also complimented each other’s tie. Christopher was wearing a necktie while William was sporting a bow tie. During the conversation, Vincent Ardeleanu wandered over to the two and was interested in the discussion they were having. “May I join your discussion on scientific research? I like your ties as well,” the vampire stated. The other two looked in Vincent’s direction. “Sure! Come on board,” Christopher happily stated. The three of them then began talking about the different experiments they liked to do. “I like to gather small samples from people such as hairs or food picked from teeth and study them under a microscope and do tests with them,” Christopher said. “Oh, neat,” Vincent stated. He hadn’t thought of doing that before, possibly because he was a vampire and only drank blood. However, it could be part of his studies on humans. “One of my regular experiments is the electric shock test,” William stated. “Oh? How does that experiment work?” Christopher asked. “Oh, simple. I have a machine that produces an electric current. I attach some electrical cords to my research assistant along with some sensors. I then pass an electric current through my assistant’s body and write my observations in their reaction,” William explained. “Wait, you do that test on people?” Christopher asked, looking slightly horrified. “Oh, hey. I do that experiment occasionally as part of my studies on humans,” Vincent stated with excitement. Christopher was speechless as looked back and forth between the two other guys. “Do you also do the chemical ingestion test?” William asked. “No, but my cousin does that with his test subjects,” Vincent replied. Christopher slowly backed away from the conversation....
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Price of VictoryI knew this was all in my head but I was pretty sure this place wasn’t from my mind. I knew enough to recognize these were ruined buildings but not like any I’d seen before. These were … different. I’m not sure how to describe them. They seemed like maybe homes but they were only one story and the just looked off.The woman I knew.Sort of.I mean, I’d seen her before the last two times i should have died but back then she’d been wearing rusty, blood stained armor like she’d just come from a battlefield. This time she would as clean with her hair pulled up into a bun. Like the buildings, her clothes were off too. She still had a skirt on but it was way to short to be appropriate. She didn’t have a blouse of bodice either, just this undershirt without sleeves. She also had no eyes, just big black spaces where there should have been eyeballs.It was disconcerting to say the least.“You can’t continue,” she said in that cold, detached voice of hers. Last time she’d at least acted like she was concerned for me but I guess we were past that now. She was pretty pissed when I refused to die last time.I folded my arms together and leaned my weight on one leg. “Stop dragging me in here and I can.”“This is a pointless fight.”“Not to me. I happen to like living, thank you very much.”She turned her back to me and surveyed the world around her. “I didn’t choose this.”I gave the place a quick once over. “Well it’s not from my imagination that’s for sure.”Her fingers pinched the bridge of her nose. “Us! I didn’t choose to be bound to you!”“And I didn’t choose you, but here we are. Again. Because of you. If you want this to stop, you’re the one who needs to stop it.”She looked over her shoulder at me. The eyeless eyes seemed to glow black, if that makes any sense. “You have no idea who I am, do you?”Honestly, I didn’t. I never gave her more thought past not wanting her to kill me. “Don’t know, don’t care. Can I go back to my body now? Don’t know if you noticed but I was kind of in a big fight there with a world ending monster. Kinda need to get back to that so I can save the world and stuff.”She threw her head back and let out this shrill cackle that made me cringe. “You? You save the world?” Her cackle grew louder and I had to cover my ears. “You’re really that arrogant?”I wouldn’t call the truth arrogant.Look, it hadn’t exactly been my choice to be the hero of the world. If anyone had bothered to ask me before setting me up here, I would have absolutely said no, not a chance in all the nine hells. I wasn’t the hero type. I was the leave me alone, and if you want me to do anything, you better pay me type. And there wasn’t enough money in the world to make me do this willingly. Her cackling hadn’t stopped. “The lowly bug thinks she can topple a mountain.”Well that was just rude. “People have taken down monsters before. It’s doable.”Her laughing stopped and her eyes went wide. “A monster? You think that creature is a monster?”“Uh … yes?”“You deluded child. Not even close. I’m what you call a god and you can’t even stop me when I have no power. It took dozens of my kind to take down just one of her kind. One of my gods. What do you think a tiny speck of a mortal like you could do?”My body froze. “You’re … a god?”“Who slew her own tyrannical gods.” She gestured to the ruins around her. “Who laid waste to her own world just for you mortals. To stop your senseless slaughter. We have up everything for you. Giving us your body seems the least you could do in return.”I looked around more now. This has been the world of the gods? It looked so … plain. I don’t know what I expected the world of the gods to look like, but this wasn’t it. Still, god or no god, I wasn’t ready to die. “Fine. Whatever. Look, I’m not just going to lay down and die so you can either help me or hinder me. Your choice.”I knew she’d help. It’s what gods do in these situations.“Then I will hinder you.”My jaw dropped. “What the @$&*#!”She looked down her nose at me. “When a bug asks to be squashed, you don’t agonize over it. You squish it and move on.”Well crap.“You were born solely to die so that I would regain my powers and slay this creature while it is still weak enough to be slain,” she explained. Then she held out her hand to me. “It is time for you to repay your debt to us, mortal.”For a moment, I thought about taking her hand. It would be so easy. I could just lay down and be done.But then I thought of the people still counting on me. People who still needed me.And the fact that if she could have forced me, she would have by now. This had to be my choice. I’d figured that much out.When I didn’t take her hand, she sneered at me. “Fine. Keep your life. ”She raised her hand and snapped her fingers.I jerked awake still on the ground where I fell. Above me was the ten story monster I still didn’t know how to stop.In my ears, I could hear the goddess whisper, “You can’t stop it.” And I knew she was right.But gods, dying couldn’t be the only way. There had to be another way, right?Right?

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FFM is an annual community writing event, run every July, in which participants write one piece of flash fiction between 55-1000 words every day for a month.

Each day we'll hit you up with unusual prompts, and (optional) extra challenges guaranteed to take your writing somewhere it's never been before.

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Our much-anticipated results are finally in!

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Yes, we have finally gotten the winners! Hydra apologizes for the delay. But only a little bit. So without further ado…

WEEKLY JUDGING AWARDS!

:spotlight-left: QuixoticApricot:spotlight-right:

@QuixoticApricot consistently wrote great flash pieces all month, but knocked it out of the park in our first challenge, Triskaidekaphobia:
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:spotlight-left: DamonWakes:spotlight-right:

Well known in the FFM community for humor and bananas, @DamonWakes also served up some hard-hitting pieces this year, especially in the Here to There challenge:
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:spotlight-left: squanpie:spotlight-right:

@squanpie was as magical as ever, with stories of Little Wizard and Tam Lin and other fantastical things, but no piece was as beloved by our judges as the Fleeting Moment challenge.
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:spotlight-left: WizardandGalaxy:spotlight-right:

With imaginative settings and explosive characters, @WizardandGalaxy was a commanding presence in the month, providing yet another terrifying flash piece for our collection with the Fight for Your Life challenge. (Hydra may or may not have thought this story was about us.)
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Thank you to everyone who participated in our challenges, and especially to our lovely team of JUDGES. We couldn’t do it without you. :love:
Winners receive one of our coveted 2022 mugs!

COMMUNITY CONTEST AWARD!

Our Community Sharing journal contest winner was chosen at random.
GRAND PRIZE WINNER: @SubjugatedSandwich !! Congratulations!
Thank you everyone for sharing and commenting! Prizes will be dispensed shortly.

COMMUNITY FEATURE

A few of the month’s best stories, as chosen by our readers!
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Did we miss a story? Are you super pumped about our winners and features? Don’t forget that you can submit stories for a DD!
With that, we at Hydra take your leave for another year. Rest well and see you soon… :evillaugh:
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Ink-Singer Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2022  Professional Writer
A question for the almighty Hydra: I have an idea for a longer story that I was thinking of writing in an episodic format - would these parts still be ok to upload as FFM entries as long as I kept each piece to 1000 words? Or should I save the idea for later and just keep it all together as one piece? 

Thank you!!
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Flash-Fic-Month Featured By Owner Jul 18, 2022
You can upload whatever you like! The only place it would possibly matter if the judging. (And, I suppose, it would be great if the stories can be read alone and not end in mid-sentence or something.) Otherwise, have at it ;)
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Ink-Singer Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2022  Professional Writer
Thank you so much for that clarification! I don't plan on doing all the challenges this month anyway so that part doesn't matter to me - but did you mean the completion judging? Like getting all 31 stories done in 31 days? I suppose if that disqualifies me then I'll just buy my own mug once it's available haha ^^; ;P
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Flash-Fic-Month Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2022
Completion isn't judged, just observed ;) No requirements for that! We are a skeleton Hydra right now, so we aren't able to do much in the way of awards this year. But honestly we're very happy you are here. Please just write. :heart:
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EmberGlacierWielder Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2022   Writer
this is a wonderful group
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fyoot Featured By Owner Aug 16, 2020   Writer
<3
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Flash-Fic-Month Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2020
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MaggiefromSpace Featured By Owner Jul 31, 2020  Hobbyist
I will have you know that dA is currently being a something I shall not name to spare your delicate eyes, so I haven't been able to submit the last bunch, but I have completed all 31 flashes of the month :hooray:(I hope it'll sort itself out sometime soon. Otherwise I might try and find a workaround. But I had to share my triumph :P)

Thank you, hydra, for the good times, again!
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Flash-Fic-Month Featured By Owner Aug 1, 2020
Ah, we were wondering what happened to you there. Congratulations on a successful FFM!:la:

Also maybe stick around awhile? We have a special announcement coming up  that will apply to all participants. ;)
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CassidyPeterson Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2018  Hobbyist
:la: Sent my first DD suggestion in from FFM 2018 today!
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