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:skullbones: Winners have been announced: Challenge Winner: FFM 2018 + DD :skullbones:

It's that time of year again! FlashFictionMonth is fast approaching: and with it, the extra chance to WIN FABULOUS PRIZES and MAKE ME A SLAVE TO YOUR WHIMSY! I hope that's a good pitch, because I barely altered it from last year!

For those who haven't been around long enough to know, a bit of explanation: FlashFictionMonth is a month-long challenge to write a piece of flash fiction between 55 and 1,000 words for every day of July. There are challenge days and prompts aplenty, and also there are fabulous prizes (I've got a bit of a mug collection going ;)), and it's a great deal of fun for everyone involved! Do join in if you feel so inclined; and if not, at least you'll have plenty of reading to do.

I've participated for the past four years, and for the past two I've also crowdsourced an extra challenge to carry me through the entire month. In 2016 that meant murdering a whole bunch of people with shovels (...fictionally), and in 2017 it meant beginning each story with the previous story's ending word. What will it be this time? YOU DECIDE.

Rules

Anyone - I repeat, ANYONE - may enter this. You don't even need an account, here or anywhere else: you just need to be able to reach me. As long as you're able to communicate your challenge to me, anonymously or otherwise, I will accept it.

Here are some convenient ways to reach me:
:bulletblack: Comment on this journal.
:bulletblack: If you'd like to remain anonymous, send me a note.
:bulletblack: Challenge me on Twitter.
:bulletblack: Use occult forces to send me your challenge via a dream.
:bulletblack: Hunt me down and slap me with a glove.
:bulletblack: Slip a note assembled entirely out of newspaper clippings under my door.
:bulletblack: If you communicate with me regularly anyways and/or have my email address, those options are always there for you.

(If you choose an anonymous method of communication (and I can’t reliably get back to you) but do not wish to be credited anonymously, please include whatever information you’d like to have included; also, if you have a DeviantArt account, keep in mind I’ll need to know what it is in order to distribute that part of the prize if you should win.)

You may issue as many challenges as you like. You may also add your vote to an existing challenge (the winning challenge will be chosen randomly: this will increase its chances), or modify an existing challenge by adding or changing criteria. (Keep it to one vote per person per challenge. I will enforce this as far as I am able; please don’t exploit the loopholes of anonymity.)

I will reject challenges only if I feel that the challenge is completely undoable (by, for instance, being incompatible with the actual rules of FFM) or in conflict with the spirit of the event. Please stay away from fanfiction challenges or ones that involve each story throughout the entire month having the same specific length; pretty much anything else is valid!

Your deadline is noon (Central European Summer Time) on June 30th. There will be no leniency. Winner(s) should be announced by that afternoon.

Fabulous Prizes

You stand to win:

:bulletblack: Official credit for the challenge in whatever form you’d like, from complete anonymity to a name and a link, both in the eventual collection and on the stories themselves.
:bulletblack: Up to 500 DeviantArt points, if you have an account (details below).
:bulletblack: The grim satisfaction of watching me dance through your arbitrary hoops, knowing I am but a puppet upon the strings you have laid.

Boring technical details: The person whose number I actually roll will receive 500 points, and so will the person who originally came up with the full challenge; if these are the same person, those points will overlap. If a modified version of a challenge wins, every contributor to the full challenge also wins 250 points. If anyone who would win points doesn't have a dA account, they forfeit that part of the prize. Credit will be shared between all contributors to the winning challenge.

:skullbones: Challenges So Far :skullbones:

1. Incorporate a quote from a different Bee Gees song into each story.  ~TheWarOfTheRing
2. You must have a banana present somewhere in your story or you have to have a Bee Movie reference. Either works.  ~Domaex
3. Each story must simultaneously be a serious example of one genre, and a silly example of another.  ~jdeyke
4. Every character must be queer.  ~anonymous contributor
5. Puppies in every story. They must be happy and nothing terrible may happen to them.  ~jdeyke
6. The first sentence and last sentence of each story, if taken separately from the rest, must construct a two-sentence story in their own right.  ~ilyilaice
7. The main character in the next day's story must be a character that was featured (however briefly) in the previous day's story.  ~lion-essrampant
8. Blow up at least one farm animal in every story. Bonus points if the number of farm animals blown up across the entire month exceeds one hundred billion.  ~DamonWakes
9. Upvote #6.  ~Teague-Drydan
10. Each story should feature a number that is at least 1 higher than the day before.  ~Teague-Drydan
11. The last line of the previous day is now the first line of the next day.  ~Teague-Drydan
12. Each day someone/thing has to have an allergic reaction to something. Bonus: each reaction is different.  ~Teague-Drydan
13. Each story must follow the basic principle behind the Roller Coaster method: it must begin and end with opposites. (Bonus: a. Whatever the opposing force was in the previous story is incorporated somewhere in the middle ground of the next one.  b. No two opposing forces may be the same throughout the whole month.)  ~blackflamingo777
14. Every story begins with a first line based on the same sentence, but it must be written differently in every story.  ~blackflamingo777
15. Somewhere in every story, you must end one sentence with "in accordance with the prophecy".  ~blackflamingo777
16. Over the course of FFM, your oeuvre must address the following items: something somebody once told you; the sharpest tool; a finger and a thumb; the shape of an L; what does it mean to be 'fed to the rules'?; a smart brain and a dumb head; "You'll never shine if you don't glow"; definitive proof that all that glitters is in fact gold; a shooting star that breaks the mold; the meteor men, and the hole in the satellite picture; skating on thin ice; the world on fire; "Can you spare some change for gas?"; an all-star, getting their game on, and going to play, or alternatively and perhaps easier, a rock star, getting the show on, and getting paid; Shrek.  ~joe-wright
17. Someone named with the name of your choice must appear in every story. Bonus points if the named character is the very same throughout the month.  ~WindySilver
18. Upvote #16.  ~DamonWakes
19. A space-time-dimension travelling house plant appears in every story. At least three stories must be written from the perspective of this plant.  ~Ffaunax
20. A favorite song of yours is mentioned by lyric or title in each story. Bonus points if it's a hit tune known to many.  ~xlntwtch
21. Upvote #16.  ~xlntwtch
22. Your character, in every story used, must be notably allergic to something - lethally.  ~PennedinWhite
23. The question "How much do I owe you?" should be used in at least half of the stories.  ~PennedinWhite
24. A phone rings in every conversation, and must be answered each time. The phone conversation much last at least 5 lines of dialogue. (The phone will not additionally ring during the phone conversation.)  ~PennedinWhite
25. Upvote #16.  ~TheWarOfTheRing
26. At least half of the month needs to be fairy tale re-writes. Bonus if they aren't well known fairy tales.  ~Teague-Drydan
27. Upvote #16.  ~Domaex
28. Upvote #26.  ~LadyBrookeCelebwen

Thank you, and happy challenging!
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:iconladybrookecelebwen:
LadyBrookeCelebwen Featured By Owner Jun 29, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm torn between upvoting #15 and #26....I'll go with #26. :P
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 30, 2018   Writer
I've put you down for #26, but just so you know (if you see this in time to react to it - the deadline's under two hours away at this point) you can vote for as many challenges as you like. You just can't vote for any given one more than once.
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:icondomaex:
Domaex Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
After reading the submissions, I'm going to have to pledge allegiance to number 16
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018   Writer
At this point it's almost going to be a disappointment if that one doesn't win. The chances are 5/27 right now: better than any given number on a six-sided die.
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:iconteague-drydan:
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2018  Student Writer
Got a new one:
--At least a quarter of the month needs to be fairy tale re-writes. bonus if they aren't well known fairy tales.

I almost said half, but I wasn't' sure how familiar you were with fairy tales.
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018   Writer
Let's see, that makes at least 8 stories. :w00t: I'm always happy to do fairy-tale-related writing!
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:iconteague-drydan:
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Student Writer
Well, then. make it half! XD love fairy tale stuffs.
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018   Writer
You and me both. ;) Updated!
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:iconteague-drydan:
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Student Writer
:w00t:

I was actually working on a thesis on fairy tales, before I dropped out of my Master's program.
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018   Writer
Ooh, interesting! What were you going to do with it?
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:iconteague-drydan:
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018  Student Writer
More a means to an end: I wanted to be a reference librarian & needed a specialty. Fairy tales was a good fit for my Specialty degree (English), but i picked the wrong college for my English degree & the only person interested in Fairy Tales (who was eligible to help) was in the Foreign Language Department. :grump: So I had random issues.

But I learned a lot about von Schönwerth!
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2018   Writer
Well, at least you got some knowledge out of this experience. :XD:
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:iconthewarofthering:
TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Student Writer
I'm going to upvote #16
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018   Writer
That one seems really popular. Done!
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PennedinWhite Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
1.Your character, in every story used, must be notably allergic to something - lethally. 

2. The question "How much do I owe you?" should be used in at least half of the stories.

3. A phone rings in every conversation, and must be answered each time. The phone conversation much last at least 5 lines of dialogue. (The phone will not additionally ring
during the phone conversation.)
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Edited Jun 27, 2018   Writer
Added, thank you! Full disclosure: if that phone one wins, I'm going to try very hard to minimise the number of conversations that happen. :XD:
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PennedinWhite Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
:D Have fun! 
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:iconxlntwtch:
xlntwtch Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2018   Writer
A favorite song of yours is mentioned in each story. It can be mentioned by title or lyric. Bonus points if it's a hit tune known to many.

Also, upvote number 16.

Good luck, have fun, and let it be. (:
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2018   Writer
Added, thank you! :D If I'm going for only well-known songs the month is bound to be overflowing with classic rock references.
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Ffaunax Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018
A space-time-dimension travelling house plant appears in every story. At least three stories must be written from the perspective of this plant. 
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2018   Writer
Ooh, that could be interesting. Added!
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WindySilver Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Someone must be named with the name of your choice must appear in every story. It doesn't matter what name it is and who's come up with it as long as it's a name and it appears in every story. Bonus points if the named character is the very same throughout the month.
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 11, 2018   Writer
Added, thank you! :D
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:iconwindysilver:
WindySilver Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
No problem, happy to give someone some challenges! :evilgrin: The challenges bestowed upon us by the almighty hydra have become too un-challenging for you, am I correct? :XD:
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2018   Writer
More like, I forget how challenging they are by the time a year has passed. :XD:
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:iconwindysilver:
WindySilver Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
Okay, that sounds better :XD: Good luck with whatever challenges you end up getting!
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joe-wright Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018   General Artist
The All-Star challenge.
Over the course of FFM, your oeuvre must address the following items:
  • -Something somebody once told you
  • -The sharpest tool
  • -A finger and a thumb
  • -The shape of an L
  • -What does it mean to be 'fed to the rules'?
  • -A smart brain and a dumb head
  • -"You'll never shine if you don't glow"
  • -Definitive proof that all that glitters is in fact gold
  • -A shooting star that breaks the mold
  • -The meteor men, and the hole in the satellite picture
  • -Skating on thin ice
  • -The world on fire
  • -"Can you spare some change for gas?"
  • -An all-star, getting their game on, and going to play, or alternatively and perhaps easier, a rock star, getting the show on, and getting paid.
  • -Shrek
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2018   Writer
You know, I feel like Shrek may be the hardest of these to fit in. ;p Added! I hope these don't have to be in order - though honestly they might end up that way anyway.
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:icondamonwakes:
DamonWakes Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2018  Professional Writer
Can I add a vote for joe-wright's nonsense?

Also, I'd like to point out that I managed to fit Shrek into an FFM story when there was no incentive for it whatsoever, so it can definitely be done.
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2018   Writer
Added! I honestly look forwards to seeing what comes of this one if it wins.
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blackflamingo777 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Oooh, you're inviting us to invent literary torture? I'm in. fiery evil laugh 

1. Each story must follow the basic principle behind the Roller Coaster method: it must begin and end with opposites e.g. happy & relaxed vs sad & tense, slow-paced vs fast-paced, hope vs despair, etc.
Bonus: a. Whatever the opposing force was in the previous story is incorporated somewhere in the middle ground of the next one.  b. No two opposing forces may be the same throughout the whole month.

2. Every story begins with a first line based on the same sentence, but it must be written differently in every story. e.g. "Space, the final frontier..." "The final frontier of mankind lay before them: space" "And this is where we make our stand, the final frontier."
Does anyone have an amazing sentence? I'm drawing a blank.

3. Somewhere in every story, you must end one sentence with "in accordance with the prophecy"
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2018   Writer
There's a chance that the second one might conflict with FFM challenge criteria (which I'll be prioritising in the event of a conflict), but I'll do my best to make it work if it wins. Thanks for your suggestions! :D
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Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Student Writer
Can I up vote # 6? that sounds hard/fun.

--each story should feature a number that is at least 1 higher than the day before (ie, on July 1st, if the number 10 is used, then July 2nd must use 11 or higher).

--The last line of the previous day is now the first line of the next day. July 1 would either be a free-be or can be based on the last thing you wrote; you're choice.
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018   Writer
Added, thank you! If that last one wins I'll be really tempted to make the 31st's last line the 1st's first. ;)
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Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Student Writer
Thought up another one, tho I'm not sure how do-able this would be: each day someone/thing has to have an allergic reaction to something. Bonus: each reaction is different.
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018   Writer
Definitely not an easy one, but it's not undoable enough that I'll refuse it. ;) Added!
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:iconteague-drydan:
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2018  Student Writer
I'm thinking pretty much anything goes for the allergy/reaction. People can be allergic to stupid, after all...

Thanks!
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:iconteague-drydan:
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2018  Student Writer
Oooo that's a good idea!
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:iconlion-essrampant:
lion-essrampant Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
The main character in the next day's story must be a character that was featured (however briefly) in the previous day's story.
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018   Writer
This one will be hard to pull off across more than one genre, but I'll take it. Added!
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:iconlion-essrampant:
lion-essrampant Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018  Hobbyist Writer
It'll be exciting to see what you come up with if it gets chosen!
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:iconilyilaice:
ilyilaice Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018
The first sentence and last sentence of each story, if taken separately from the rest, must construct a two-sentence story in their own right. The exception is if this requirement would contradict with the day's given challenge in any way. In case the exception occurs, disregard this challenge altogether.
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018   Writer
I love this one. Added!
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:icondomaex:
Domaex Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
You must have a banana present somewhere in your story or you have to have a Bee Movie reference. Either works. 
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018   Writer
Given that I've never actually seen Bee Movie, that's likely to be a lot of bananas if this one wins. ;) Added!
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:icondomaex:
Domaex Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Hobbyist General Artist
Hey, you can't go wrong with bananas.
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2018   Writer
Too true.
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:iconthewarofthering:
TheWarOfTheRing Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Student Writer
Incorporate a quote from a Bee Gees song into each story - and each quote has to be from a different song
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:icongdeyke:
GDeyke Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018   Writer
Looks like they've got plenty of songs to choose from. Added!
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:iconteague-drydan:
Teague-Drydan Featured By Owner Jun 1, 2018  Student Writer
So, by challenges, you're basically wanting prompt ideas that can carry you through the whole month of July?
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