Recent challenges

  • Refugees

    Challenge start date: 20th June 2018 Challenge end date: 20th July 2018

    Anyone paying attention to the news knows that there are mass refugee migrations taking place around the world. People of the Arab nations are fleeing into Europe and Russia, and Hispanics of all stripes are crossing into the US. In all cases this has cau…

    Posted 6 months ago 0 stories
  • Facade

    Challenge start date: 9th November 2017 Challenge end date: 1st January 2018

    Write a conversation where both people are holding back, neither of them saying what they mean.

    Posted 1 year ago 1 story
  • Strict Parameters Challenge #1

    Challenge start date: 21st July 2017 Challenge end date: 4th August 2017

    Write a story in 3rd person that takes place in a wide open grassland. A bone or bone fragment must appear but doesn't have to be the focal point. The genre, protagonist, direction, and setting outside the grassland requirement are up to you. This challen…

    Posted 1 year ago 0 stories
  • Tremors (WITH OPTIONAL SECOND CHALLENGE WITHIN) RE-ISSUE

    Challenge start date: 11th July 2017 Challenge end date: 1st August 2017

    I challenge you to write something where someone or something shakes (the ground, the window panes, the strange dog). The act of shaking should be significant but not necessarily obvious. All subject or genres are welcome. Optional second part of the chal…

    Posted 1 year ago 2 stories
  • If You Build It, They Will Come

    Challenge start date: 27th June 2017 Challenge end date: 11th July 2017

    One day there was nothing, the next day it was there. The size doesn't matter. It could be as small as a coin or as big as a stadium. But someone or something put it there and people are beginning to take notice, to be entranced. Please create a character…

    Posted 1 year ago 0 stories
  • Reach Higher (or further) RE-ISSUED

    Challenge start date: 25th June 2017 Challenge end date: 9th July 2017

    I challenge you to write a story where something is out of reach (literally or figuratively). This distance should drive the actions of your character(s) and thus your story. All subjects and genres welcome

    Posted 1 year ago 3 stories
  • Inspiration and Favorite Style

    Challenge start date: 9th June 2017 Challenge end date: 30th June 2017

    Do you have a favorite style to write in? Who or what inspires you? I challenge you to write in your favorite style (all subjects and all genres accepted). Then leave a comment on this challenge with who are what inspires you. I will do my best to judge e…

    Posted 1 year ago 1 story
  • Tremors (WITH OPTIONAL SECOND CHALLENGE WITHIN)

    Challenge start date: 23rd June 2017 Challenge end date: 7th July 2017

    I challenge you to write something where someone or something shakes (the ground, the window panes, the strange dog). The act of shaking should be significant but not necessarily obvious. All subject or genres are welcome. Optional second part of the chal…

    Posted 1 year ago 0 stories
  • Reach Higher (or further)

    Challenge start date: 9th June 2017 Challenge end date: 23rd June 2017

    I challenge you to write a story where something is out of reach (literally or figuratively). This distance should drive the actions of your character(s) and thus your story. All subjects and genres welcome

    Posted 1 year ago 0 stories
  • Pure Fantasy

    Challenge start date: 3rd May 2017 Challenge end date: 10th May 2017

    Write a story that takes place in a fantasy world, similar to those of Dungeons & Dragons or Tolkien's works.

    Posted 1 year ago 1 story
  • Punctuation!

    Challenge start date: 30th April 2017 Challenge end date: 17th May 2017

    A federal court recently ruled that the Oxford comma is absolutely essential to clarity in writing. All our English grammar classes emphasize proper punctuation -- commas, apostrophes, quotation marks, exclamation points, etc. Punctuation tells us where t…

    Posted 1 year ago 0 stories
  • The Slow Regard of Silent Things

    Challenge start date: 13th April 2017 Challenge end date: 28th April 2017

    Patrick Rothfuss managed to write a short novel by this title which features only one human character throughout the story. How did this capture a reader's attention so strongly that they read the entire book in one sitting?

    Simple. There were many other…

    Posted 1 year ago 1 story
  • You're All Talk

    Challenge start date: 4th April 2017 Challenge end date: 25th April 2017

    Writing exposition is easy. In fact, a common mistake of young writers is the infamous infodump -- writing long paragraphs and pages that do nothing more than provide background and world-building for their story. It's much more difficult -- and much more…

    Posted 1 year ago 5 stories
  • The Less Said

    Challenge start date: 24th March 2017 Challenge end date: 7th April 2017

    Personally, I think this is a hard one (twss) but that's what challenges are for, right? Have a conversation between two or more people (people being intelligent entities, not necessarily human beings) where the omission of key information gets things m…

    Posted 1 year ago 5 stories
  • Betrayal but not by a person

    Challenge start date: 8th March 2017 Challenge end date: 22nd March 2017

    Betrayal. It's sharpness stings. You know that feeling of violation, and it is violating to have a secret become public. It's like someone pulling off a bandaid to reveal one of your fears, one that you thought was safe. It feels shameful. Sometimes it is…

    Posted 1 year ago 2 stories
  • Three Word Prompts...give one, or take one....

    Challenge start date: 2nd March 2017 Challenge end date: 5th March 2018

    The challenge is to write a poem, lyric, or story that uses three words chosen by someone else, as unrelated to one another as possible.

    Feel free to simply choose words in some random fashion on your own, or request some here in a comment, or leave a th…

    Posted 1 year ago 0 stories
  • Beyond the Fence

    Challenge start date: 22nd February 2017 Challenge end date: 8th March 2017

    There is a fence. You can decide on the details and change what you like. By default, the fence is five feet tall, chain link, and it rattles when the wind blows (perhaps your fence is short, wooden and painted white). The fence isn't that important. What…

    Posted 1 year ago 3 stories
  • I Dreamed a Little Dream....

    Challenge start date: 12th February 2017 Challenge end date: 26th February 2017

    I guess I'll kick this sucker off.

    We all have dreams, some good, some nightmarish, but probably mostly somewhere in between. Pick a dream you've had -- recently, from childhood, whatever -- and use it as the basis of a story.

    I'll leave the challenge …

    Posted 1 year ago 3 stories