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    Posted: 16 Jul 2017 at 3:49pm
I'm really struggling with the FFC this time. 

I'm wondering how literal I have to be with my object: A spotlight. 

Does it have to be a literal spotlight or could it be figurative or metaphorical? 

I'm trying to avoid obvious plot devices and cliches.

Any thoughts or advice? 
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Hi Frewine,
 
I'm a total newb at this, so I don't know how helpful my thoughts would be (and obviously not very useful at this point in time for this round, haha). I'd think that a figurative or metaphorical spotlight would be fine, but you would probably have to come right out and make the whole 'spotlight' comparison to make it abundantly clear to the readers/judges where your spotlight is. Something like 'he felt the pressure of their regard like a jailhouse spotlight, pinning him where he stood', which may be a bit heavy-handed depending on what sort of feel/story you're going for. Or it might not.
 
But I really don't know, and if you're worried I'd probably just play it safe and have an actual physical spotlight in there somewhere. *shrugs* But spotlight seems like an amazing prompt, since it could so easily be non-literal and I'd be disappointed if the judges didn't accept that. (My object prompt of sandpaper, for example, would be a bit trickier to wrangle into figurative-ness, haha!)
 
Hope that helps, at least in the future,
 
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The judges are fickle beasts. Some will applaud a creative interpretation; others will mark you down if you don't have a literal, physical object.

The same goes for all the prompts. I know someone from a previous competition who drew Fairy Tale and wrote something akin to the tales collected by the Brother Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, and Charles Perrault. One of the judges was pretty brutal with their critique, and it was clear they wanted something less dark. We refer to them as the Disney Judge now. (No idea if they continue to judge, but that situation is one of the reasons we now have the opportunity to give feedback on judges as well.)

The judging is subjective to the individual judge's tastes. It always is, unless they're judging by the AP Style guide. Which, truthfully, is how it is when you try to get your babies published as well. Your story may be astounding, but if it doesn't fit what the editor needs they'll regretfully pass on it.

You can't play it safe. Write the story using the interpretation that sings, and post it for feedback here in FFC 2017 sub-forum when they open it. It's nice to win a prize, but better to get feedback that improves your writing overall.  Wink
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Thank you both so much for your feedback. It's much appreciated.
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