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  • A Simple Poetry Challenge

    So... I don't know if you have or have not seen the recent... dispute, I suppose, about poetry, but one happened, and it kinda got me thinking: what exactly is poetry? Is poetry a structured Shakespeare sonnet, or simply free expression of thoughts, or something in between? O...

  • fairy tale in 10 words

    After seeing the sheer plethora of entries on the "movies in 10 words" challenge let me hereby issue another 10 word challenge. Write a ficly summarising any fairy tale in 10 words. Any fairy tale counts. You may choose to summarise a Brother's Grimm tale or even the latest Barbie ...

  • Still life writing

    In an ideal world, we would use a large proportion of characters to describe a scene, I know I've wanted to go into more detail in some descriptions I've made. So this is your challenge; write something amazing, without anything moving. The mission is to write a beautiful descripti...

  • EDS

    eds.. wondering what it stands for? E:epic D:death S: story Ok ok i know, 'why would you wnat that? thas cruel!' i know thats what your thinking.. But hey, calm down! XD some times death pulls a story toghter.... So, i will pick the death story i like the best,,and so on and so fo...

    • Author: Riley
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
  • A Blow, A Kiss

    As a group write your own digital story: You must reinvent or reinterpret the original short story we are studying 'A Blow, A Kiss' by Tim Winton. You are required to write your own unique version of the story in one of the following ways: 1. Re-write the story changing the main char...

  • Shore Up Your Broken Phrases

    There's no better way to defeat stagnation than to promote participation. Challenges on Ficly are the means to draw that kind of participation, and unabashed opinions are the easiest subjects to be passionate about. I really dislike free verse poetry. If you write using that met...

    • Author: Jae
    • Posted over 5 years ago.
  • Space Western Lollapalooza!

    Celebrate American Independence the best way possible by participating in the Space Western Lollapalooza! In this contest, we expect the best of the best of Ficly's finest writers to write their very own space western series. Not just one 1024 character story: MANY. Requirements are a...

    • Author: Spageti
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • Horse--Pole Dancing (Mature)

    4 days to make a story . Asshole. Go for it. Requirements: -Write that shit about horses. -Horse doctors can/ cannot be included -Main character must have a [Hat] - Nobody can know about your double life. -??? -Remember your parents -Eat vegetables -Don't jerk it (too mu...

  • Annoyance

    Try and write a story about what bugs you. Whether it be minor or major, it has to be annoying. Inspired by how annoying swears are.

  • Curse of the PO'd Poet

    I have noticed just recently that I write the best when I am really angry. I don't know why, it's just like the choler melts the word barriers and everything flows onto the paper. If you are like me, you might feel the same way. Even if you don't, I want you to compose a poem (ther...

    • Author: Kihd
    • Posted almost 9 years ago.
  • Precrime


    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Wednesday Returns

    Hi all! I used to be on this site a loooooooooooong time ago. By the name of Wednesday [PJ] ((LoA)) and Conjoiner, Rejoinder, Poisoner, Concealer, Revelator [[Wednesday]]. I'm back! Aaaand I kinda had some kind of feverish dream for a challenge which might not write particul...

  • Dialogue

    "Did you hear, dkscully issued a challenge?" "Yeah, she wants people to write stories that are nothing but dialogue." "That's going to be hard work." "Are there any other rules? Must it be a specific genre? How about the number of people involved?" "Nope. Any genre will do. As man...

    • Author: dkscully
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • Twitter Challenge…II!

    Since the original was so popular & garnered tons of awesome entries, it's back! Write a ficlet in one hundred forty characters or less. Go!

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Ireland!!!!

    Next summer, my dad is taking my family to Ireland. So the challenge is to write a story that takes place in Ireland. More than one entry is allowed. Good luck, and have fun with it.

  • Cornflower Blue

    In one of the most amazing movies of all time, Fight Club, the title character's boss has a weird obsession with the color *cornflower blue*. His tie is cornflower, his eyes are cornflower, and he specifically asks if the updated software can have a cornflower blue color. Upon furth...

  • What Does It Take To Break?

    Everyone has one; a breaking point. That moment when everything culminates into one big sonic boom on your life. But what does it take to reach that point? I believe the answer is different for everyone, as we are all impacted differently by the things that happen in our lives. I c...

  • Tiny World Building Challenge I

    On the continent of Baroma, there is a small city in the north called Ravenwood. The winters are long and harsh, the forests dark. Horrible monsters make savage attacks in the night. The people are hard but generally loyal to each other. They are not much for outsiders. Who knows when...

  • Six Word Novel

    Twitter had nothing on Hemingway when he wrote "For sale: baby shoes, never used". How many ideas, emotions, and themes can you convey using only six words? Based on the book "Not Quite What I was Planning", we have often used this in our writing group whenever projects start to ge...

  • Limerick challenge

    Write a limerick. It could be naughty (some of the best ones are), and has to follow the structure of the limerick, as follows: _There once was an old man from Ealing_ _Who had an expectorant feeling_ _But a sign on the door,_ _said "Don't spit on the floor"_ _So he looked ...

  • One Sentence: Describe Jealousy

    As the title says, try to describe jealousy in one sentence, making sure to avoid cliches. I almost never write about this subject, so I thought it might be interesting to see how others handle it.

  • Sex! (Oh, deary me!) (Mature)

    Yeah, I said it. We all do it. We all want it, think it, breathe it, create disgusting innuendo about it in our heads. Oh, yes, my friends. I've been inside your brains and I've seen the thoughts that venture there and been simultaneously repelled and endeared by the scenes you create...

  • Characters! =)

    I love my characters. I dream about them, draw them, even write their birthdays in my diary. Creepy as it may seem, making a character real in your mind gives he/she a dimension in a piece of writing that can rarely be otherwise achieved. Therefore your challenge is this: create...

  • Unleash the JINX

    It is a desperate time. All the defenses have been breached, all the fools have been be disproofed (unproofed? Unproved?). There is only the button marked JINX that stands between you and disaster, possibly the end of the world! Pressing could change everything but there is no other c...

  • Explode a Moment

    This is a bastardization of my favorite writing exercise and will require you to write four pieces. Not sure if that's against ficlyquette -- my apologies if it is. Guidelines: 1. Write about a significant moment in your life in the first person. It should include someone else....

    • Author: Nancy
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • Thank You for This . . . I Think

    *The Challenge is*: A family member awards you (or your character) an award that one might actually not want to win. *Do I have to keep it to one Ficlet?* No. If this sparks an entire series, the judge will be delighted. *May I submit more than one?* Always. *Do presentati...

  • What Would You Buy With Your Last $20?

    So what _would_ you buy with your last twenty dollars? You don't have to specifically name the item, but you can allude to it, or try to make a poetic game out of it by letting your readers guess what it is you are talking about. As always, try to make it emotional. (Remember this _is...

  • Oops

    (I accidentally posted this twice. I can't figure out how to delete it. Move along.)

  • The End Times!

    Create the end times. What exactly is going to happen on December 21, 2012? Do not write anything you have heard before. Create new ideas and circumstances in which everyone around you is affected. The only limit is that it must be completely original!

    • Author: lenjjr
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • By the Power of the Moon, I Will Inspire You!

    Sailor Moon is getting a reboot in the United States and in honor of the return of this ditzy, beloved heroine, I ask you to show a scene inspired by the Magical Girl anime trope. Don’t feel constrained by the word magical o...

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