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  • Lipogrammatic Challenge; No A

    A tiny, intense genre is constrained writing. You're doing it already, writing under the constraint of 1,024 characters. Another interesting constraint is avoidance of a very common letter, as in the French novel "A Void." It's 50,000 words long, none of which contains the letter "...

  • Legends

    *A very straight-forward challenge*: You must create a quick legend (or a scene or excerpt of one), which should happen on a site we will call "_Four Hills_". *The Rules Are*: > The title of the Legend can *not* contain the word "Legend" > You *must* mention "_Four Hills_" at l...

  • Taking Kids movies and making them into adult movie challenge!

    You might be thinking huh? Some of you may relate. But in this challenge it's pretty simple. Take a kid's movie. ANY kid's movie. And make it into an adult movie. I can give you a real life comparison. Finding Nemo can be compared to the pg-13 movie "Taken". They both relate to a fath...

  • Write a Pulp Fiction Story!

    I love pulp fiction. Maybe it's the snappy dialogue, or the to-the-point story telling. Maybe it's the brutal honesty, but the subtle character study. I don't know if I'm any good at writing pulp. On Ficly, I've been avoiding it, going for a more realistic, lice-of-life genre, but...

  • A Civil War Christmas

    The American Civil War was the single most bloody conflict the young nation had seen to date. Almost everyone thought it would be over in just a few weeks but on and on it went.In November of 1863, Confederate Captain W. Sidney Winder was sent to the village of Andersonville in Sumter...

  • What is Life Without Thee?

    My mum died suddenly in 2003. I knew of the contralto Kathleen Ferrier only because my mum had often spoke of her. I do _NOT_ enjoy this kind of classical singing! Sometime later, I played an album by her which had been my mum's and was stunned to be moved to tears by the song of the ...

  • Music Muse

    Listen to the song Bleeding Out by Imagine Dragons. And immediately write a ficly based on whatever your thoughts have turned into from this song.... Enjoy yourself

  • Off the Roof

    I remember when the television in the upstairs bedroom of my house broke. I really have no clue why but my dad came up with the idea of throwing it off the roof. I'll keep it brief, a TV makes a very large BOOM when it hits concrete. This gave me an idea for a challenge... Write a ...

  • Well Metaphorically Speaking...

    Describe a portirat of someone you hate or love (No inbetween) using metaphor. Simple? Ok. It can't be less then 5 lines if you are doing a poem. You can make it funny or sappy. Ok. Begin!

  • Genre Blender

    Some great works have come from the blending of genres. So, your challenge is to tell a story using a blend of two genres. Bonus points for: -Humor -Seamless Blending You may enter more than once. Mature stories won't be considered.

  • Female Comebacks (Way To Funny)

    Ok, so we all know some of the more common pick up lines that guys use. Well I want you to create a story about one of those pick up lines, but have the girl have a comeback line, where she's really just saying screw up, leave me alone!! Here are some examples (you can use them, they...

  • Resurrect a Ficlet

    I followed someone's link to their stories in the Ficlet memorial, and that reminded me that there must be a tremendous reserve of ficlets there that we could draw upon to create new stories. So in this challenge, post a story that could have been a sequel or a prequel to a ficlet....

  • Music Muse II

    Pick a current favorite song of yours. Listen to it as many times as you need to. And write a ficly off the thoughts and emotions the song makes you feel. Write whatever song you used in a comment below your ficly. Go!

  • *THE DECAMERON FICTION PRIZE*

    THE VIRTUE OF finishing a story in a *1,000 words or fewer* is the way attention becomes microscopic: pointing toward a gesture, facial expression, or action that in the hubbub of a longer work might be a mere background detail, remarked on but not noticed. The editors look for writin...

  • The Unsequellable Dream

    Right! Two things have inspired this challenge. Firstly, a friend of mine wrote a ficly (it was very good), but somebody commented that their only criticism was that it was hard to add to. It now has a prequel. And a sequel. In some way, I think this was due to the fact that the po...

  • The Rest is Silence...

    Death is a hard thing to deal with, even though it happens every day. Recently I lost a friend. The challenge is to write about death, be it the lead-up, the moment or the aftershock.

  • NaNoWriMo: Return and Report

    For those who don't know, November was National Novel Writing Month, or NaNoWriMo. For those who knew and dared accept the challenge to write a 50,000 word novel inside of one month's time, I'd love to hear what you came up with. Call it voyeurism. Call it living vicariously. Call...

    • Author: THX 0477
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
  • 48 Laws of Power: 4th Law

    There’s a guy at the office I work at that hates silence during conversations. Occasionally, when he and I converse about something trivial, I’ll find a point in the conversation to stop talking. He’ll keep the conversation going of his own accord simply because he isn’t getting verba...

  • The Story that Had to be Told

    I'm brand new here, and love the idea of challenges - but noticed all the existing ones were done! So here I go... *Tell us about the story that just _had_ to be told.* It could save lives, made you laugh like nothing else, or was the wisdom passed down from one generation to t...

    • Author: Imdolien
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Urban Fantasy

    This idea has been floating around in my head for a while, but I waited for one of my challenges to end before starting it. Write an urban fantasy story, something along the lines of trolls in London (but don't use that example). The grittier, the better. On your marks....get set....

    • Author: Oy
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • Gore and Cults

    Title speaks for itself, correct? I'd love to have Monty Python skit feel to this (Have you seen the one where they are at a picnic and everyone's limbs just start getting chopped off? Ha, I love that one!). Comedy is what I'm needing right about now. Make me laugh! Challenge requir...

  • Hip Hop Zebras and Lovelorn Physicists

    So, I was going through a random plot generator, and it spewed out the following sentences at me: "After a disastrous safari, a hopped up zebra joins Bill Clinton's reggae band." and "Before marrying the wrong person, a nuclear physicist with a broken heart discovers the ans...

  • Love.

    okay. so here's the thing.. Some of us here had experienced REJECTION once or twice from the love of their lives.. and some of us had or still experiencing complicated relationships.. and i want YOU to write them down! happy or sad.. share your thoughts about love.. make oth...

    • Author: tas_13
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
  • Remixing... A Doll's House

    This will be the last of my _Remixing_ series of challenges for a while. In this challenge, you are to use in a single story at least 4 of the following 10 lines, which I have selected more or less at random and on whim, from Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House. 1. When did my squirre...

  • Through My Eyes.

    Choose an animal. It can be anything, and compose a Ficly from the eyes of that animal. Pollution, global warming and habitat destruction are all major realities we face today. As that animal, tell of any trials and tribulations you may be going through as the world changes around you...

  • Technobabble Challenge

    Aiiight. X-ninja's first challenge. Wooh! I'm not really a nerd....Well.... yes i am. I just love to watch old Sci-fi shows and movies and just listen to the conversations about Phaeton coreplex reactors flexing into the Quaisar Dimension. At the end i just stare and go, "WTF!?!...

  • '______' for dummies

    Give me a short educative story that can finally teach me about... _·Taming a dragon·_ _·Burning a lampshade·_ _·Shaving a walrus·_ _·Cooking a turducken·_ _·Being the world's best bellybutton whistler·_ _·Making a PB&J·_ _·etc·_ But write bout whatever you want! Those are...

  • The Circus

    The Circus had intrigued audiences for generations. Please write a short story of a circus in an interesting and creative way. The more orignial the better. However, you must include 4 of the following words: 1. Popcorn 2. Insomnia 3. Purple 4. Meloncholy 5. Gluttonous 6. F...

  • If Not One, Then The Other

    So I was talking to someone today who was telling me about what they want to be when they grew up and I told them if I didn't ever have to worry about financial security I would be an author (if I ever finished my book). I told him what I write about and whether he was interested is ...

  • Bring the DARK!

    When I read a Ficly, I am always searching for the twist, the drama, the stab in the back. I haven't been on here very much lately, and as I read recent entries, I think you've all gone soft! Torture your characters! I want to see things in the shadows. I want to face a night...

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