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Date: 01-23-2024
Word Limit: 1500
Words Written: 9,627

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a friendly penguin

Seeing as we're on the verge of Week 600, why don't we channel some of that anticipation into this week's writing?

Your theme this week is the night before. You don't have to take that literally - you can play fast and loose with the timing and absolutely don't have to set your story at night. What you must do, however, is write me a story that takes place just before a momentous event. Maybe it's the last hour before battle. Maybe it's the week leading up to that dream job interview. Maybe it's the years leading up to the end of the world. What's important is that we don't actually reach the event in question and that there's a growing sense of anticipation. I want to see stories about preparing for the big day, not the big day itself, and not stories that just happen to take place the day before with no connection.

I don't think I have to say it but a story about some guy's day off that ends with "the next day the moon exploded" isn't going to do well. Unless it's really, really funny and appropriate, of course.

You're free to pick your own big event, of course, but if you need a little bit of extra inspiration, you can ask for a flash rule. That flash rule will tell you what the event will be - how you interpret it is up to you. For example, if your flash rule is "The big test", that could be anything from an Algebra final to meeting your significant other's parents for the first time. We should be able to see the connection in the story, though. If you choose to be given a flash rule, your maximum wordcount will go up.

CLARIFICATION: If you're assigned a flash rule you don't want to/can't use, you don't have to use it. However, you only get the expanded maximum wordcount if you do use it. If you choose not to use it, I'd appreciate you putting a note to that effect in your submission.

Max Word Count (No Flash Rule): 1,500 words
Max Word Count (With Flash Rule): 2,000 words

6 Total Submissions, 1 Total Failures:

Failures who signed up but did not submit: