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  • The iTunes shuffle challenge!

    I assume everyone has an iPod, iTunes, Zune, Windows Media Player, or some other way of playing music. Get all the music you have into one place and hit the shuffle button. Whatever the first song is, work that song title into the first sentence. Do this at least 10 times... the s...

  • Memento Mori

    In many cultures, the last part of life is a subject that ranges from fear to celebration – from avoidance to serenity. Craft your own story of how this experience will shape you, yourself, or how this experience of witnessing a loved ones decline has shaped you now, in the present...

  • Remixing... Desire Under the Elms

    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 Eugene O’Neill’s _Desire Under the Elms_. 1. I smells bacon! 2. Whar’ll ye git the money? 3. She’s been purty fur twenty year! ...

  • Skipping Words

    Theme: Communicate something pretty. As you do, consider that, sometimes, words get in the way. They're the trees you miss the forest for. They may be at the foreground of writing, but they're not the only tools you have to work with. Though tone of voice, music, and images are techni...

  • So Many Stories....Under One Title!

    I was just browsing the stories here on Ficly, and a thought came upon me. Each Ficly has a title, as you already know. And each story is unique. But I was just pondering on the ambiguity of each title. So, the challenge. I challenge you to write any story, whatever it is, but it m...

  • shoe poems

    This challenge is inspired by Cocinella's comment on LaraLustre 's ficly * http://ficly.com/stories/7907 *. Being a shoe fetishist myself I am in total agreement that there should be a shoe poem challenge. Write a poem about an event that caused the protagonist to buy or sell or w...

  • Only One Left

    I'm addicted to caffeine. Specifically, caffeine in the form of Mountain Dew. As I sit here drinking my second to last one, I am keenly aware that I need to plan my next trip to the grocery store to get another case. Seeing that last lone can of Dew in the refrigerator instills in me ...

  • Spooky Story Challenge

    A chill is in the air. Things that go "bump" in the night are going "bump" in the night. The moon is bright, the wind is scouring the leaves from the trees and an eerie forboding has settled on the small town in which you live. What happens next? That's your tale to tell. Cra...

  • Second-person Narrative

    "The second person point of view is so rare in literature that it is almost not worth mentioning at all - but only almost." You pause, new blood rushing through your veins. Second-person writing -the idea is almost too much to handle. You turn to gaze out your window, the night sky...

    • Author: airborne
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: Eulogy (Genre Event)

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eulogy: "A eulogy is a speech or writing in praise of a person(s) or thing(s), especially one recently dead or retired or a term of endearment." Challenge: Write the eulogy that you would like to have someone else read at *your* funeral. This...

  • Heresyphobia

    Heresyphobia-the fear of challenges. Hopefully you don't have this fear, because this is a challenge. Obviously. So here is your challenge. Take one phobia from the list and write a story. How it affects a character's life, how a character overcomes the fear, how the fear is dev...

  • Fact-ly '09

    Ficly is a site where authors can express themselves in short form fiction. But sometimes the stories we tell aren't from our imaginations. They are real and actually occured. I don't now about you, but sometimes I feel a little guilty about passing off an actual event as a produ...

  • Pinky Promise

    _Secrets-secrets are no fun,_ _Unless I am a part of one._ Welcome to the 3rd challenge of our class. In this challenge, as discussed in the comment trail on _"Good Morning Class!"_, we will be passing notes. Your character has a secret. And he/she is about to tell that secret to ...

  • You Still Have To Try

    The challenge is to write a story where the main character knows that they can't stop whats going to happen, but tries to anyway. It can be any genre, and multiple entries are accepted. Have fun with it. I can't wait to read what everyone writes. GOOD LUCK!!!! =D

  • Hold me...

    I wept silently, pain coursing through my fragile frame. I knew I was dying. He knew I was dying. It was inevitable. Swallowing painfully, I slowly glanced up at him. I ran a soot covered, pale hand across his face as a mother would do to her child, or a lover to another. Sadly I chok...

    • Author: Riley
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: Fable (Genre Event)

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fable: "Fable is a literary genre. A fable is a succinct fictional story, in prose or verse, that features animals, mythical creatures, plants, inanimate objects or forces of nature which are anthropomorphized (given human qualities such as verbal ...

  • Deliciously Twisted

    Write a story with a twist which is just plain wrong. Something along the lines of, say, the cannibal kindergarten teacher. Now what are you doing reading this. Go Write!!

    • Author: Oy
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Ode to Books!

    Ode to words, books, literature! Ode to authors! Ode to ink! Ode to Gutenberg! Basically, I don't care if it's called Books for Breakfast or what. Write me something and poor the heart and soul of your love of books into it!

  • Why Does It Have To Be Snakes?

    Slithering through the grass, hanging from a tree, poised in predatory splendor, snakes are magnificent creatures that are nature's perfect killing machines - until man enters the picture. Describe a close encounter of the scaley kind between a human and a snake. Delve into the pri...

  • Forgiveness

    Forgiveness is a peculiar emotional instrument; and we humans have found it to be essential for living in society. But forgiveness defies all other motives, emotional and mental (or does it?) Write about forgiveness. Forgiveness between men, couples, nations, strangers, or friend...

  • Love or Honor

    Which is more important: love or honor? My friends and I were debating this on Facebook the other night. Write a story that demonstrates which you think precedes the other. I won't be judging based on my opinion on the matter, but more on how well you portray your choice. ~tha...

    • Author: Kihd
    • Posted over 7 years ago.
  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: Terza Rima (Genre Event)

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terza_rima: "Terza rima is a rhyming verse stanza form that consists of an interlocking three-line rhyme scheme. It was first used by the Italian poet Dante Alighieri. ... Terza rima is a three-line stanza using chain rhyme in the pattern A-B-A, B-...

  • Best-Sellers

    Use any three titles off the Best-Sellers list (http://www.nytimes.com/pages/books/bestseller/) in a story without actually referencing the book itself or the fact that the phrase is the title of a book. For example, don't write "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies is a really great bo...

    • Author: Ryber
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • At-Sign Percent-Sign Ampersand Octothorp Exclamation-Point

    vThis challenge was inspired by two things that happened to me today. First, I needed to send a copy of an important document to someone. I was up until 1:00 this morning trying to send it. No luck. I tried again for the better part of an hour this afternoon. Still no luck. Turns o...

    • Author: Abstract
    • Posted almost 10 years ago.
  • Get Thee To A Nunnery!

    Oh I love that quote. Hamlet, Act 3, Scene 1. And though it doesn't have a _direct_ link to this challenge - it's writer _does_... Whether it be a modern re-telling, a historical drama or some other tale, I challenge you to write a story inspired by the Bard himself, William S...

  • Sin

    What is the ultimate sin... What is the one thing that a human can never ask forgiveness for... What is the most gruesome act of horror... What is it?

  • Who we are

    Create a story that contains the line "It's the choices that make us who we are." That's it! Get creative and have fun :)

  • Windows, Doors, Mirrors

    Janus, the god with two faces, one looking forward and one looking back: I asked my students the following question and they found it to be a complicated issue. "What are you leaving behind in 2013, and what are you bringing into 2014?" I don't really give much credence to New Ye...

  • Encyclopedia

    This is my first time creating a challenge but I thought of what I thought was sort of a fun idea. I made a relatively short deadline because I'm not expecting a very large load of entries. The challenge is this: Write an encyclopedia entry on a fictional item. A person, a place, a...

    • Author: Gautier
    • Posted about 10 years ago.
  • Retro Ficlet Challenge

    This one is for all those who were on Ficlets. Jump back into your archives and find the BEST FICLETS YOU EVER WROTE and repost them here. For all the newbies, you can comment on them as if they were just born, like a kid who picks up his first Beatles CD and tells his parents how ...

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