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  • Why won't you believe me?!

    Your challenge is to create a character who is completely and utterly certifiable. In other words your character can no longer grasp the difference between what is reality and what is hallucination. Whether your character is in a mental institute or causing chaos in the street, or per...

    • Author: cathy1993
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
  • Why Didn't You Love Her?

    My lecturer was one asked by one of his old friends as to why he didn't love one of his previous partners. When he thought about it, he didn't know why he didn't but he just knew that he didn't. The question has been floating around in my mind, so here's the challenge. Make a story...

    • Author: Murj;
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Elevated

    Elevators, eh? Tiny little places, zooming up and down, sometimes breaking down between floors, sometimes the sites of memorable occasions. Could be unnerving, sexy, romantic, scary, dramatic, tragic, surreal... Yes. Elevators are a perfect place to set tiny little stories. So, if ...

    • Author: Spiderj
    • Posted over 10 years ago.


  • Oh No!

    The challenge is very simple. Write a story were something goes wrong. It can be any genre. You can have more then one entry if you want. P.S. Irony is loved.

  • A Blood Stained Highway

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation has a special department called the Highway Serial Killings Initiative. There's an article about it on the L.A. Times website. You can find it here: According to the article an...

  • Logo Creator Software (Mature)

    Quicklogodesigner has the best seller software in logo designing and Quick Logo Designer is as well a best-seller in its particular category. Our firm's headquarter is based in Rochester USA and there are six offices which are spread across three continents. The development staff in U...

    • Author: Anee
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • classy porn (Mature)

    I don't know whether ficly is ready for this, but here goes. Your challenge is to write a scene for a high class porno movie. This means that you should be explicit but not vulgar or crude. Be as descriptive as possible. Include at least some fetishes. You may choose to do soft or ...

  • Small Woodland Creatures

    Well, this is my first challenge, I'll keep it simple: Base a story around a small woodland creature. Maybe something cute and cuddly but bonus points if you send that in a surprising direction. Could even be from the point of view of aforesaid fuzzy little animal. Whatever, you g...

  • Why Is A Raven Like A Writing Desk?

    To celebrate the forthcoming release of Tim Burton's adaptation of one of the greatest works of literary nonsense in the English language - I challenge you to answer this riddle! First found in Chapter 7 of _Alice's Adventures in Wonderland_, Lewis Carroll did not originally intend...

  • Those Crazy Critters!

    Human interaction with the animal kingdom seldom is smooth. Whether it is a dog or kitty compassionately adopted from an animal shelter, a hunter's prey (which can go either way, human VS critter or critter VS human), one thing is for sure, a story will come out of it. The challeng...

  • First Times (Mature)

    First times. We've all had them. Write about a first time, be it a sexual or non sexual.

    • Author: morgEn
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Ask the I-Ching what your next Ficly should be about?

    Go to and type “What should my next Ficly be about?” into the box. Then virtually throw the coins six time, read your answer and use it to write a story. I got the following for my example question (seems appropriate, no?) PROVIDING NOURISHMENT...

  • Ficlyfication AKA Ficlyfy this

    I have a dream. In that dream people ficlyfy things and it is good. Clearly that means you should be taking a longer work of fiction, be it a book, a film, a computer game or something else, and condensing it into 1024 characters or less. The Guardian newspaper does something s...

    • Author: Spiderj
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • The 3 sentence collaborative story game

    Write a 1-sentence beginning. Anyone can sequel it. With a 1-sentence middle. And anyone can sequel that. With a 1-sentence ending. Each sentence must each be by different authors. Title is the 1st word of your sentence followed by .... (so no one can remote control their stor...

  • The Write-Something-Not-in-Your-Usual-or-Preferred-Genre Challenge!

    All right, guys. This one's a bit tougher. What is that genre that you just _own_, that comes to you like you were born writing it? You got it in mind? Good. Now find the polar opposite--something you're _not_ used to--and write a story like that. Have fun!

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • The Beauty of Hands

    Hi everyone! Your challenge is to write a story beginning with the discription of a pair of hands. Simple. It can be anyones hands, anywhere, in any situation. Sorry if its a bit breif but I want you to be completely free!!! Goodluck!

    • Author: cathy1993
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
  • Ordinary

    “My students were middle-class kids who were ashamed of their background. They felt like unless they grew up in poverty, they had nothing to write about … I felt sorry for these kids, that they thought their whole past was absolutely worthless because it was less than remarkable.” —...

    • Author: Minion
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Ask the I-Ching what your next Ficly should be about?

    Go to and type “What should my next Ficly be about?” into the box. Then virtually throw the coins six time, read your answer and use it to write a story. I got the following for my example question (seems appropriate, no?) PROVIDING NOURISHMENT...

  • Stories Favor the Brave

    History tends to favor those who win. Literature tends to favor those who fight. Your challenge is to write a story of an epic battle, in which the hero loses, but is remembered in a positive light. The battle can take place anywhere, at any time, and the hero can be any one at all....

  • Make Somebody's Day

    John Perkins originally came up with this challenge back on ficlets, and I was inspired by some comment-age on THX's recent blog post ( to resurrect the challenge. Preamble aside, here's *your challenge:* Pick a ficly pe...

  • Dig That Flying Machine!

    I love a good story that involves flight, whether it be huge dirigibles coasting through the sky or characters with wings or best of all, animals that can, for no apparent reason, fly, like whales or goldfish or manta rays. I freakin' love it! So here's the challenge: write a stor...

  • Nobody bleeds for the dancer.

    Tell me about the death of something beautiful. Tell me about the creation of something evil. I want to witness a tragedy.

    • Author: Silven
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
  • Make Literature

    Anything easily pegged in any one genre (horror/ romance/ mystery/etc.) need not apply. Surprise endings, gratuitousness, cliches of phrase or idea are all banned. Be straight forward and original. Defy labels. Write for emotional effect without tailoring to popular trends. Set a ...

  • Mobocracy

    Write me a ficly on the topic of Mobocracy. Don't just put it as the title. Make the story imbue the concept.

  • Inanimate Eulogy

    I did this on another site before but it didn't have the 1024 cap. When my computer blew up my wife said that I was so depressed I should write a eulogy for it. So write a eulogy for an inanimate object. Toaster oven, chair, TV, Harry Potter book. Anything as long as it ain'...

  • Describe a game

    Describe a game being played. The game should belong to some unfamiliar culture. It might be played in an ancient civilisation or on another planet. Make it exotic, for example if it's a card game then don't use hearts and spades, queens and kings, but make up some other pattern of...

    • Author: Zerrakhi
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Moving On

    People have different views on moving, especially when you're young. Some people hate leaving all their friends and having to make new ones and all that jazz, while others enjoy moving because it gives them a chance to reinvent themselves. Whether it be a bad way to start over or a go...

  • You'll Never Forget Your First Love

    I honestly believe that everybody remembers their first love. It is something so special, something you hold close to your heart. Write about whoever he or she may be, the situation you were in, the way you felt, anything along these lines, really. It can be a poem, a story, whateve...

  • Missing Chair?

    A character arrives at work to find her chair missing. What happened to it?

    • Author: Minion
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
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