Saturday, 5 January 2013

Twelfth Night Masquerade Flash Fiction Contest

"Man is least himself when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask, and he will tell you the truth." - Oscar Wilde


Ladies and gentlemen, roll up, roll up.  

On Christmas day Stacey Bennett-Hoyt launched her fabulous 12 Days of Christmas blog hop (#12DayBop).  Our scribing is over, our trembling fingers close - what now?

With festive feasting drawing to an end and the winter nights draping midnight silk around our heated homes (Southern hemisphere excepted), the days creep inexorably to the night when all turns on its head....

That's right. 

Twelfth night.  The last day of Christmas, the end of the pagan winter festival, the night when the Lord of Misrule takes centre stage, lords become servants and servants become lords.  Twelfth night, the start of the Carnival season. For the classicists amongst you, think of Janus, the two faced god whose festival heralds the start of the new year.

So don your masks and dominos and lift your cup of wassail.  Now our 12 days of fictioning are at an end, we're going to have a party - and you're the guest of honour. 

The Rules

Up to TWO (max) stories or poems of up to 500 words (brevity is the soul of wit).  

Inspiration:  Masks and Masquerades

Prompts:  If you need a prompt, check out the gorgeous masquerade pinterest board and pick a pin! 

Deadline: 00:00 EST, 12 January 2013 / 05:00 GMT, 12 January 2013 (6 days, ish) 

Hashtag:   #12Masque 

Swirling silk and dripping candles; dark forests and dripping trees; the laughter of the Lord of Misrule; the steaming cup of wassail; magic and fairy tales; people hiding behind masks - and revealing their true selves; masters becoming slaves and slaves becoming masters; silent canals and sliding gondolas; druids chanting in the frosted air; faery kings and glorious carnivals.... put on a mask and let your imagination go wild.

Tra La La......

And to inspire your writing... a soundtrack, providing by the inimitable and ingenious Dark Faery Queen Anna Meade over at Anna Songs.  Click here to listen to Masquerade and My Immortal

The Prizes

Oh yes - there are prizes! Bespoke, unique, you-can-only-find-them-here objects of desire.  Drop by to find out more soon!  

Sign Up

Don't forget to sign up here once you have posted your story.  Linking up will allow other people to drop by your story and help you to find everyone else's stories.  Spread the love! Add your link below and get the InLinkz code. If you don't have a blog but still want to play, email me at meg AT and I will post your story for you.

Oh! And last of all - here's a handy web badge for you! Right click to download...

with thanks to Alaskan Dude for licensing the original image under a CC license

"And, after all, what is a lie? 'Tis but the truth in a masquerade." - Alexander Pope


RED ALERT!! Due to a Blog Malfunction  and a misunderstanding with Inlinkz @lastwordy and @DavidALudwig's stories weren't posted.  It's too late to add them to the InLinkz voting, but please do read and consider their stories when judging the Fan's Favourite! 

25. Tongues of Fire by @lastwordy 

26. And a Cape to Match by @lastwordy 

27. Masquerade by @DavidALudwig

You can vote for up to TWO stories - voting closes midday (GMT) Sunday 13 January 2013. There are THREE ways of voting. 

1.Click on the vote button below the thumbnail. Voting closes tomorrow (2 votes permitted).

2.Vote via Twitter by sending a Tweet to @charitygirlblog with the hashtags #12Masque #FanFav and including author, story number and story title (if known). 

3.Vote by leaving a comment below this post, including author name, story number and title (if known).

Check in on Wednesday 16 January Monday 14 January to find out the Poet's Choice for the most Evocative story or poem and Tuesday 15 January to find out the Judge's Choice of best overall entry. 


Sophie Moss said...

Loving all these fabulous flash fiction contests. :) Had so much fun reading the entries in Stacy's contest and can't wait to read all of the new ones in this one. Off to Pintest to find a rose-colored mask for the ball. :)

Diane J. Reed said...

I love your lush imagination and all the intrigue! Only Lady McNulty could come up with something so sumptuous—looking forward to reading the stellar stories : )

Meg McNulty said...

YEAY! I'm excited - hope to see something from my favourite fairy queens - I know it will be special :-)

Afsaneh said...

SO. Many. Beautiful. Pictures. I'm so excited to get working on this, Meg!

Amalia Dillin said...

My entry is WRITTEN and it is going live on the 11th if that is cool -- AND it is a special bonus side story for my book coming out, FORGED BY FATE! SO!!! I am excited, is what I am saying here.

David A Ludwig said...

Uh, I'm afraid I'm out of town and it's late and I can't figure out the inLinkz thing as presented this time around.

My entry is at if anyone wants to see it though.

Becky Fyfe said...

I love writing flash fiction! so sad I missed this one! Nevermind - I'm having fun reading the stores. :)

Kid Eternity said...

My votes are for Tongues of Fire by @lastwordy & And a Cape to Match by @lastwordy.

Good show by all!

Diane J. Reed said...

Ditto! My votes are for Tongues of Fire by @lastwordy & And a Cape to Match by @lastwordy. Oh how I wish I could vote for @charitygirlblog's sensational story, but (sigh) it's not eligible. Nevertheless, I thought it was utterly brilliant and it will remain with me for a very long time.

Meg McNulty said...

Noted! I can't add to Inlinkz but I've got a tally of the votes for the non-Inlinz ones :-)

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