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  • The Alien Challenge

    Any story written from the perspective of another sentient race. It doesn't even need to be about humans, although it's always interesting how others see our wretched little species. If you are geniunely alien (i.e. _Homo aspergicus_, otherkin, whatever), you must not use the perspect...

    • Author: Lancet
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Summer, Where Art Thou?

    It's being snowing here for what seems like forever. I can't even remember what grass looks like. Now don't get me wrong I absolutely love snow. It's my favorite form of precipitation....but frankly, it's getting a little old. I'm starting to wish for those days where I could run arou...

  • Last Line

    My challenge... Write a story and make the last line INCREDIBLY POWERFUL! You can leave the reader stunned, humbled, disgusted, inspired... ANYTHING! Just make sure the reader remembers that last line! The winner of this challenge will be judged purely on their last line, not on...

  • Lifetime movie challenge

    Write a story that could be featured on Lifetime. Inspired by my love of Lifetime movies. They're always dramatic. Usually about women who are victims of abuse, teenagers who end up spiraling out of control, secrets that have come to light. Have fun :)

  • Here's Some Inspiration: Commercials

    Commercials nowadays are quite creative, bright and sometimes a little strange. If you watch TV at all, I'm sure you've seen at least one crazy, ridiculous commercial. For this challenge, you may choose any commercial. Preferably a newer commercial--one released within the past yea...

  • A Touch of Madness

    I think it's safe to say that usually the creative and intelligent walk a fine line between genius and insanity, if not occasionally crossing that line. Sometimes I get the feeling that society doesn't like the peculiar nature of the creative and intelligent, that we need to be "dea...

  • Get a Clue

    Having just joined ficly and read as much as I can, there is some MAJOR talent on here, particularly with regards to putting a twist in the tale - one of the essential components of a good murder mystery or detective story. In any style, be it the 19th Century pipe-smoker or the fa...

  • Action Author

    Inspired by Marli's challenge a while ago, I sort of want to repeat her challenge but with a different twist. Pick any three authors (friends are encouraged) and make an action/mystery Ficly about them. My only rule: 1. You must comment on every entry. (doesn't really have ...

  • Um, Do I Know You?

    The challenge is to write a story about one of 2 things: 1) Where someone knows you but you don't know them. 2)Where you think you know someone but don't remember meeting them. Be creative and wacky with it! I want a crazy story that I'll remember till Christmas!! Pick and genre ...

  • The Death of Col. Mustard

    This is a re-hashing of a challenge I posted when I first joined Ficly--sometime long ago, a date I can't remember--before I realized that people need more than a week to respond to challenges. Therefore, with renewed vigor, and anticipation at the verbal massacres I know you geniuse...

  • Happy little challenge

    I've read through a lot of stories on Ficly, and most of them seem to have an underlying "dark" theme. Wouldn't it be nice to write something happier for a change? For this challenge - 1) Come up with an idea that feels happy. 2) Write a story which is exactly three sentences lon...

    • Author: Abhay
    • Posted about 6 years ago.
  • Alliteration

    Write an entire story using alliteration. Alliteration is the practice where every word in a sentence begins with the same letter. The odd word that doesn't fit the alliteration is fine, but aim for as many as possible. You've got one month to come up with something brilliant!

  • Everyone's Words

    *PHASE TWO has started, so start writing!* In PHASE ONE, people were invited to choose words and post them in comments. Each person was allowed more than one word, but had to wait 24 hours between each one (i.e. one word per person per day). I reserved the right to disqualify words...

    • Author: Zerrakhi
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Tales of Twilight

    The challenge is simple. In the twilight hours when the sky turns an indigo-blue and fairies sprinkle dew over the grass, that's when the elves come out to play. Centaurs run through the forests and the tooth fairy runs riot in childrens' bedrooms. Write a story about the elves...

  • Write About Somebody on Ficly

    ok heres the deal. write about somebody on ficly. write about what kind of person you think they are, like what you get from their writing. like say if you hate Khid's writing, write about how terrible a person they are. er whatever u get from there writing. um ends on oct. 14. siya!

  • Public Service Announcement

    Since the crotchety old ElshaHawkMistress insists on ridiculing my heartfelt poem ( http://ficly.com/stories/28072), I decided to make this challenge in her honor. So, take your favorite political topic (or any debatable topic) and write a haiku about it. Or a limerick. Or a free st...

  • I Must Fly

    At the Museum of Hoaxes web site, there is the story of an April Fool's Day joke wherein someone made fake footprints and at the end of them wrote "I must fly". Your prompt here is "I must fly". You have two weeks.

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted about 6 years ago.
  • Aliens Lacking Humanity

    Write about an alien being (or a group of alien beings) exactly like humans, except for one definable human quality (no sense of humor, lacking suspicion, always completely truthful) and how they interact with either other aliens or humans. The missing human quality should be evide...

  • Cyberpunk was dead

    Start a story with the line "Cyberpunk was dead." Not necessarily in quites, mind you. And the period is optional, I guess. That's the only restiction. Two weeks. Will be judged based upon the whims of a madman.

  • Sequels

    Doubtless this has been done before, but I joined yesterday. Humour me. The name of the game is to write a passage of a story. You don't read the previous ones till you're done, and you don't edit. Hopefully at the end, we'll have a random story. To give it a bit of synergy... It'...

  • Poetry

    Hello, Flagons (Ficly Dragons). I'm here today to pitch you my idea for a challenge. As you know, ficly is full of great writers, the great authors of tomorrow. But who are the great poets of tomorrow? Are these ficlers also our next generation of poets? You tell me. Poetry is beau...

    • Author: H.S. Wift
    • Posted about 9 years ago.
  • Silly Slumber

    Probably, some point in your life, you have had crazy dream or nightmare, that didn't really make sense. Maybe, a hippopotamus feeding you grapes in a canoe on the Atlantic ocean, or a cereal killer asking you for a piece of cake. Whatever it was, it was definitely crazy. My chall...

  • Remixing... Lucky You

    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 Carl Hiaasen's _Lucky You_. 1. It's the damnedest thing I ever saw--check out the moat! 2. There he purchased twelve gallons of ...

  • Numbers Game

    Your challenge is to write a fic about *numbers*. You can interpret that concept as loosely as you want, involving numbers in the plot directly, or just hinting at a broader numerical theme. Any kind of number is allowed! It doesn't have to be obvious, though whatever numbers you c...

  • Cyberpunk was dead

    Start a story with the line "Cyberpunk was dead." Not necessarily in quotes, mind you. And the period is optional, I guess. That's the only restiction. Two weeks. Will be judged based upon the whims of a madman.

  • Tell Me a Western

    I'm new to this here website and I quite enjoy the stories that I read. Unfortunately enough, I have yet to come across any westerns. I want to read about gunslingers, tumbleweeds, the railway, saloons etc. Write something that would make a prospector proud!

  • No Hope

    Hope is such a powerful thing, but it can also be the worst possible thing to feel, especially when you know you're only giving yourself false hope. Lately, I've been losing hope in everything (I'm not suicidal). Things haven't been turning out well, as usual and I guess the things ha...

  • Get Under My Skin

    Hey, my name is Henry. A few years back, I started writing on this site. I was 16 then, and the work was not my strongest. Nonetheless, I always had a penchant for the....disturbing. I don't mean like "herp dead baby feet in a pickle jar derp", I mean like really...psychological...

  • Ignorance is bliss...

    We've often been told that love is blind (please forgive the accumulation of idioms!) Your challenge is to write a story about a person in love, who cannot see one significant feature/flaw/aspect of their loved one that is glaringly obvious to everyone else. Prequels, sequels an...

  • It All Started When...

    Wow, my very first challenge on this new site. So very thrilling. Well, I'll make it short and sweet: Your challenge is to write the story of how your parents first met each other. Who cares if it's true or not? Make it crazy, make it coincidental, make it creative! Was it fate? Wa...

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