THE RULES HAVE CHANGED! Welcome to the December Flash Fiction Contest! (Rev B) As I balance my uncoordinated self from a wobbly aluminum ladder above my porch, stringing 100 count resistive elements around my gutters (in an effect I’m told is supposed to look like icicles), I’m struck with the following idea for a theme: “Tradition” (Actually, in an effort for full honesty – many other choice words popped into my head at that moment… the tradition idea came much later after many “oooohs and ahhhhhs” from my daughter…) The Rules: 1. Submit your story to either the Stories section of the SFFWorld site or in the new members only Stories Sub-Forum (or both). For rules regarding posting the story in the Sub-Forum, please follow this link: http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25006 . For the differences between the two, see the FAQ at the bottom of this post. 2. Post a link to your submitted story in this thread. 3. The length of the submission is limited to 2 Story Section pages or 1,200 words in the Stories Sub-Forum. 4. All submissions must be in by 10:00 PM (EST) on the 20th of December. 5. Voting will take place from the 21st of December through midnight on the 31st in a new thread in the Writing Forum. 6. Voting will follow a three vote system - You will be allowed to vote for UP TO 3 stories. All votes are equally weighted. 7. All entrants are encouraged to provide feedback for each entry. FAQ: Q - What's the difference between the Stories Section and the Stories Sub-Forum? A - Stories Section The Stories Section is the link in the SFFWorld sites' header bar at the top of the screen. Posting here will make your story more accessible to the rest of the site, as well as to non-members the SFFWorld. This guarentees the greatest exposure for your story, but may limit your future paid publishing options, should you be inclined to try and sell your story elsewhere (Please see this post: http://www.sffworld.com/forums/showthread.php?t=24989). In addition, there are very limited formatting options (no italics, etc.) Stories Sub-Forum The Stories Sub-Forum is a members only forum located within the Writing forum. This section of the site can only be accessed by members of SFFWorld. Posting in this method offers minimal exposure, but should not limit any future attempts to submit your story elsewhere for publication. This method also affords all of the formatting options available in standard forum posts. Q - If I decide to post my story in both the Stories Section and Stories Sub-Forum, which version will be utilized for voting? A - In the voting thread, the Stories Sub-Forum version will be utilized unless otherwised expressed by the author. Q - I didn't particpate in the contest - can I still vote? A - Of course! Providing you've read all the entries, feel free to vote and/or provide feedback on the stories. Feel free to ask if you have any additional questions. Have fun with it!