Merlin Flashfic

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Journal Community
Name: Merlin Flashfic
Date(s): created 10 November 2008 - February 2011 (last entry)
Moderator: janne_d, thisissirius
Founder: janne_d
Type: flashfiction community
Fandom: Merlin
URL: merlin_flashfic (Livejournal); archive link
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Merlin Flashfic was a bi-weekly fanfiction challenge community for the BBC show Merlin. It is modeled after other flashfiction communities like ds_flashfiction and sga_flashfic and has similar rules. The basic idea of the community is very simple: "every two weeks a challenge will be posted and then lots of lovely stories get posted in response."[1]

From the profile:

Challenges will be posted to the comm at roughly fortnightly intervals and responses must be posted before the challenge is closed. [...]
Please make suggestions for future challenges – just comment with the idea in response to a previous challenge.
Posts must not be OT: they must be a response to the current challenge or a request for a beta for a challenge response.
The minimum length for a story is 100 words. [...] If your story is longer than the LJ post limit, it can be posted to a separate web page and a link posted to the community instead. Aside from that exception, stories should be posted directly to this community and only to this community, and not cross-posted elsewhere (including personal LJs). This rule only applies while a challenge is running; once the challenge has closed you are free to post it wherever you like.
All genres (except for RPF), pairings and ratings are welcome as long as they meet the conditions of the challenge. [...]

Notable merlin_flashfic Stories

  • Beltane by astolat (Celebration challenge) - "There is a story that is not told in Ealdor anymore, not for many years now, a story about Beltane Eve."
  • By Strength and by Virtue by casspeach (Make Them Do It challenge) - magical creature, in this case, rather than aliens.
  • Despoiled by astolat (Transformation challenge) - In which various people become various things they weren't before.
  • Obeisance by casspeach (Knee-walking challenge) - It's not that Arthur won't share his toys, just that he expects to get them back undamaged.
  • Reciprocation by astolat (primae noctis challenge) - The workplace sensitivity training of Arthur Pendragon.
  • Treason to Us by janne_d (Secrets challenge) - Arthur finds out. And he does not react well.
  • Winter's Trial by janne_d (Winter challenge) - The first snows of winter have fallen and Arthur has Merlin to find and a test to pass out in the cold, or neither of them will make it back to Camelot.


  1. ^ janne_d. The Flashfic's Call, 12 November 2008. (Accessed 31 October 2010)