The Ultimate Ficly Challenge!

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This challenge will encompass everything about Ficly. Hopefully, through the course of this challenge you will make some new friends and help strengthen our little community. The rules:

1) Write an original Ficly as an entry to this challenge. There are no requirements here. It is wide open, so I expect to see a variety of styles and topics.

2) Prequel/sequel one of the main entries that is not your own. Some entries may end up with multiple prequels/sequels by different authors, and this is fine!

3) Rate and respond to every other entry in this challenge (including direct prequels/sequels). Include what you did/didn’t like about the story and why you rated it the way you did. No “this was great” or “I didn’t like this.” You must give constructive criticism. Be polite. If you don’t like someone’s work, tell them what you think they can do to improve it. Be sure to come back to comment on new entries!

You will be judged on the quality of your participation in all of these areas. Have fun!

  • Started December 18th, 2009.
  • Ended February 1st, 2010.
  • Created by kaellinn18

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The winner of this challenge is:


  1. Avatar Abby (LoA)


  2. Avatar thelostgirl

    Oh, wow, thanks kaellinn :)

    And thanks to everyone else who made ‘The Bottomless Lake’ what it was: bottomless (or maybe endless i s a better word). You’re all awesome :)

  3. Avatar kaellinn18

    There were a few people who really took this challenge and ran with it. If the commenting were the only aspect I had to judge, it would have been very difficult to pick a winner.

    However, thelostgirl’s entry spawned off one of the best series that I’ve ever read on this site. From that one short Ficly, over 20 others have been spawned, written by many different authors. It has been great fun to participate in that series, and it helped me make some new friends as we all built this world together.

    Congratulations, thelostgirl! You are the Ultimate Ficly Challenge Champion!

  4. Avatar Mr.Gabriel

    See, I want to do this… but I don’t know. Maybe I can cook something up. Now would be a great time for that inspiration button.

  5. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    I’d just like to say that this Gorm/Juno stuff series is now taking up !! 6 !! places on the “popular” list =O
    Rock on guys!

  6. Avatar thelostgirl

    Well I’m exhausted. I’ve just finished reading the new entries, not to mention all the sequels to the ‘Bottomless Lake’ (which is going to be novel length by the time we’re done!) and commenting my little brains out.

    But I just wanted to say that this is a freakin’ awesome challenge kaellinn. Not only is it demanding on our abilities to give constructive criticism but everyone that’s participating is producing amazing stories! I’m stunned, I am.

    Thanks for making such a fun and exciting challenge :D

  7. Avatar kaellinn18

    Thanks, Abby! This challenge succeeded far beyond what I expected, even managing to be featured for a while. (And it’s not even over!)

    The fantasy series inspired by thelostgirl’s entry is definitely one of the best on the site, and it has more contributing authors than any other series that I’ve seen to date.

    Also, I’ve noticed that people who have contributed to this challenge have started writing more informative comments on the site in general, and that makes me very happy. Thanks to everyone for participating! This is great!

  8. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    I just wanted to say well done for making this challenge – it’s given birth to an amazing series that I’m enjoying being part of. =D Thank you!

  9. Avatar kaellinn18

    It’s fine. You don’t have to enter if you don’t want to. :-)

  10. Avatar Hobohemian

    I am so sorry, but I accidentally somehow wrote to enter the contest and didn’t mean to. Should I just enter the contest, or leave it alone? If there were a way to delete it, I would have done so.

  11. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    Wow…typing all these comments are starting to hurt although I read stories thinking about what to say now so thanks for that.
    Good challenge and I found something to sequel =D

  12. Avatar kaellinn18

    Abby, you can prequel/sequel something that already has prequels and sequels.

  13. Avatar Abby (LoA)

    I can’t find one I want to sequel so can I wait 4 a bit…(puppy dog eyes) or just look at the hamsta!! please.

  14. Avatar Reverend Speed

    That seems fair. All good, then.

  15. Avatar kaellinn18

    Sorry, but I don’t think it would be fair to allow anyone to pull anything at this point.

  16. Avatar Reverend Speed

    Hmm. Can I pull Stairway to… out of the challenge, then? If not, I’m happy to stick by it…

    It’s just a little more disjointed than what I’dve gone for if I knew I had only one shot.

  17. Avatar kaellinn18

    No, no. One original entry. You can write as many offshoots of other people’s entries as you want, but you must note which one will be counted and which ones will not. See thelostgirl’s entries for examples.

  18. Avatar Reverend Speed

    Hang on, wait, to clarify – we can make multiple original entries and prequels and/or sequels? ‘Cause I probably wouldn’t have entered Stairway to… if was my only shot.

  19. Avatar thelostgirl

    Okay, thanks Kaellinn

  20. Avatar kaellinn18

    I’ll do it this way: you can prequel/sequel as many entries as you want, but you must pick only one that will be used for rule two of the challenge. Leave a comment saying which one you want to be used (I recommend doing this as soon as you write it so others will know which they need to rate/comment on), and leave comments in the others you write saying that they are not used for the purpose of rule two of the challenge.

    This will make it easier for me to judge a winner and also easier on everyone else since they are only required to rate and comment the prequel/sequel you are including for the challenge.

    Also, just in case it isn’t obvious, I am not eligible to win this, though I will be participating.

  21. Avatar thelostgirl

    Can we prequel/sequel more than one entry? There are a couple I’d like to try my hand at.

  22. Avatar kaellinn18

    Yeah, there’s no reason to do everything all at once. You might want to wait until you see an entry that really inspires you.

  23. Avatar Reverend Speed

    Great idea. But your challenge description could do with more dramatic and psychological charge in the second paragraph – might I suggest a robot versus lightsaber battle?
    Er. I wrote a sequel to an earlier story of mine. I DIDN’T MEAN TO, IT JUST HAPPENED! Is this alright? It’s not even in the same narrative style… can I get a pass, coach?

    Also: ‘Ultimate’ means ‘not to be improved upon’, last, final – so have we reached the end of Ficly so soon? And should I stop typing now? I think ‘yes’.

  24. Avatar Mr.Gabriel

    Oooh, I like this challenge. I’ll be sure to write once I get an inspiration!

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