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  • Stranger Than Fiction

    The one and only Will Ferrell movie I've ever seen was _Stranger Than Fiction_, and since I game in a variety of ways I've often thought... What if? What if you, or your main character, suddenly realized s/he was a character in someone else's world? Be that a book, a play, a TV sho...

  • Write a story inspired by a lyric

    The concept is simple: write a story inspired by a lyric in a song. The lyric must be one sentence (or two if you absolutely _must_) and it has to be the title of the story. From there, you have free range on creativity. How will the winner be picked? I'd rather not give any specif...

  • Abundant Sunshine

    I thought I'd fall in line and make a challenge in celebration of my 100th Ficly. So..... I'd like to see some stories about sunshine. It's wonderfully sunny and warm here, so my brain is stuck in sunshine mode. I'm particularly interested if anyone can make sunshine bad. :)

  • Orlando's Poetry

    In Shakespeare's _As You Like It_ the male protagonist, Orlando, is told to be writing horrible poetry on trees based on the love for his Rosalind. I want to know what he was writing. Write one of Orlando's terrible poems expressing love for the maiden Rosalind. You can use Sha...

  • It's a boy!

    Greetings, fellow ficleters! So, those who know me, most likely know of my Noble Six character. And yes, she did die at one point. But, magically, she poofed back into existence. And is now having a kid. Here is the issue: WHAT DO I MAKE HIM ACT LIKE!? I have no ...

    • Author: Riley
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • How DO you solve a problem like Maria?

    The challenge is for you to write an alternate ending to a famous (or not so famous) Broadway Musical of your choice. Whether you save Jean Val Jean, or arrest Sky Masterson, it's your decision. Winner will be based upon creativity, and continuity of the story of the original musical ...

  • I Knew I Should Have Turned Left at Albuquerque

    It's my first challenge and I'm sure I'll look back with regret over some fine points I mussed up. So that's what the challenge is all about! I like time travel stories. I like listening to people share stories of their lives. I challenge you to make these great tastes taste gre...

    • Author: TextMason
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • Science Fiction?

    *The Challenge is*: Your character discovers that the plot of Sci-Fi movie (or show) is not as fictional as previously thought. *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. *D...

  • The Final Fantasy Challenge

    I've been playing Final Fantasy 13 a lot and it's making me fall in love with the series all over again. So my challenge to you is to write a Final Fantasy Ficlet. It can feature good ole Cid, some Chocobos or your favourite character(s) of all time ever. I don't really mind. But ...

  • Tomb

    This isn't some petty home for your memories, but a tomb for your regrets.

  • Wasteland, Day to Day

    Our lives are littered with day to day drama, highs and lows related to living life. These events can serve as interesting story fodder, though a huge part of what draws people to fiction is the idea of breaking out of the normal everyday drudgery and escaping into a world outside of ...

  • One Sunny and Clear Day...

    It's summertime here in the Northern hemisphere and thoughts of sandy beaches are flitting around my head. Alas, I am quite landlocked and have never seen the sea. This challenge is about taking a sunny beach scene, _ Wait.. I just realized I did this beach challenge years ago...

  • Through the Blockade

    We are all writers here. That means the writer's block is a common, shared fear we can all sympathize with. So how do/did you overcome this vile monster? Tell us how you slayed the dragon, overthrew the oppressor and dramatic-verbed the dramatic-noun. Hopefully you can write muc...

    • Author: Sz Park
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • There's a Story Behind That Nickname . . .

    *The Challenge is*: Your character has been having lunch with some colleagues. An old associate came by and talked with you briefly. In passing, this person called you by a rather _odd_ nickname. The kind you probably don't want your co-workers to know about. *Start your story wit...

  • Unexpected fanfiction.

    Create fanfiction of the most unexpected thing you can imagine, create a fanfic about a commercial, an obscure unpicked pilot for an 80's sitcom, a train station, Thai parliament members... If it's very obscure comment on your own story and provide a link.

  • Lights! Camera! Excuse Me?

    To celebrate some of the wonderfully wacky films that we get to watch with childish abandon around this time we call Christmas, this challenge asks you to come up with the most absurd, ridiculous, outrageous and downright silly pitches for film ideas ever conceived! Your story can...

  • NaFicWriMo

    Who here has heard of National novel writing month? Raise your hand. Those who haven't go to www.nanowrimo.org It is a great challenge, writing 50,000 words in a month. But as you all know, not everyone particularly cares for writing novels. For this challenge "National Ficly/...

  • Watermind

    Occasionally, I'll get a word or concept that crosses my conciousness where I have no Idea what to do with it. So I'll pass it along and see what you guys can manage. No further restrictions on this one, just want to see what you can do with the concept of a 'Watermind'.

  • Doing the Bare Minimum

    I've seen challenges for elevators, zombies, porn, and 1024 character stories... ... but can you tell a good story in *exactly 60 characters*? It sounds silly, sure. But try and make your story compelling, questioning, powerful. You've got two weeks. Make 'em good.

    • Author: Sam Ervin
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • Battle of the Sexes

    My challenge is this: All of my fellow females, let's kick man-butt (or just make fun of it)! And to my male buddies, pull on your writing pen! If you're a woman, write a story from the point of view of a man (any kind of man--possiblities go on and on). If you're a man, write it f...

  • Dreams as inspiration

    Sometimes, we have dreams that provide inspiration to writing. Sometimes this is literal, other times the "dream" is actually a goal. Write a story based on either.

  • The Truth Behind The Sweetness

    For quite some time now, my friends and I have been talking about how twisted all these nursery rhymes and stories are. I mean seriously! In "Rock-A-By-Baby" the baby falls out of a tree! And Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother gets eaten by a wolf, and the wolf is hacked to pieces b...

  • My Inspiration!

    Here's the deal, there are a lot of stories on this site…you probably noticed though. You also may have noticed a little link at the bottom of your screen called "Random Story" nestled between the Ficlets Memorial and the Privacy Policy. Your challenge, dear friends, is to clic...

  • Great Plains Gothic

    Imagine the literary "gothic" persona set in the Great Plains. Vast open fields, incredible stars at night, tornadoes. Let the Great Plains be the setting for your own gothic folklore! This is pretty free-form, but ought to strive for style and craft, as if we're Mary Shelley or Em...

  • Kinkiest/Wierdest Porn (Mature)

    Hey, we all like sex here on Ficly, so why not another porn challenge? Your mission: Within the word limit write a full porn script, scenario, scene, moment, idea or whatever. The Crux: It has to be out there. I'm talking kinky, not "We bought these handcuffs at Publix" kinky; K...

    • Author: DirtMap
    • Posted over 10 years ago.
  • Vivid Descriptions

    Alright, Ficlyteers. Time for a patented Elisabeth Davis Challenge! I don't ask much, friends and Family. I need you to take one thing, something overlooked or a random, everyday object/thing [a smile, a laugh, a kitchen, a stove] and do one of two things: 1) Turn it not so ordi...

  • Mostly Ghostly

    _There's something in the closet!!!_ Write a story that has something to do with ghost and/ or demonic spirits. Make as creepy and dark as you want. Create something that would send the Boogeyman running!!

  • Christmas Fantasy (Mature)

    This challenge is for christmas love fantasy stories, the hotter the better

  • Where Rain and Fire Meet

    Long ago, in the place where rain and fire shook hands beneath a weeping tree, a young bird, or at least most thought it was a bird, poked the curved sharp edge of it's beak through the widening cracks of a brittle egg shell.

  • Journey to Avalon

    I am working on a fantasy setting for a new online game. I am hoping the vast creative talents here on Ficly can lend a hand. Please contribute in any way you wish to the next post, sequel it synchronously or not. Any number of authors can add their own threads. Some background to ...

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