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  • Same title different story

    1st step: Post a ficly, any ficly, one that you just wrote or one that you wrote five years ago in a fit of artistic inspiration and at the end of the title write, "Version 1" 2nd step: Look at the titles of the other entries in the challenge. Write a ficly with the same title as o...

  • The Beginning

    Nobody really knows how this world we know and love began, but I'd be interested in your take on it. Gods? Explosions? A flash of light? Write about the beginning of "Life, the universe and everything," to quote Douglas Adams. Multiple submissions encouraged. The more perspec...

  • Who? What? Where? When? Why?

    You're in a room. You have no memory. You have various cuts and bruises and bumps. The room is a disaster. The only thing left that hasn't been destroyed is a picture. There is a person in the picture. Who is it? What's going? What do you do? Have fun. Multiple entries and se...

  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: The Articulate Stranger (Inspiration Event)

    At http://www.plot-generator.org.uk, I generated the plot for a story (for which the name The Articulate Stranger was suggested: "Boris Khan has the perfect life working as a housekeeper in Camborne and chatting with his considerate girlfriend, Heather Cox. "However, when he fin...

  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: 7 Words (Inspiration Event)

    At http://ideagenerator.creativitygames.net, I generated 7 random words: laser, goal, egg, radar, dance, gown and jet. In this challenge, write a story on the subject of your choice but you must use all 7 words. This challenge is one of three in the Inspiration event for the Winte...

  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: Bulwer-Lytton (Inspiration Event)

    The following sentence received a Dishonorable Mention in the 2013 Bulwer-Lytton competition (http://www.bulwer-lytton.com/). "The dark, drafty old house was lopsided and decrepit, leaning in on itself, the way an aging possum carrying a very heavy, overcooked drumstick in his mout...

  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: Purple Prose (Literary Devices Event)

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_prose: "In literary criticism, purple prose is written prose that is so extravagant, ornate, or flowery as to break the flow and draw excessive attention to itself. Purple prose is sensually evocative beyond the requirements of its context. ...

  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: Malapropisms (Literary Devices Event)

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Malapropism: "A malapropism (also called a Dogberryism) is the use of an incorrect word in place of a word with a similar sound, resulting in a nonsensical, often humorous utterance. An example is Yogi Berra's statement: "Texas has a lot of electri...

  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: Alliteration (Literary Devices Event)

    From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alliteration: "Alliteration is the repetition of the same sounds or of the same kinds of sounds at the beginning of words or in stressed syllables of an English language phrase. Alliteration developed largely through poetry, in which it more narrow...

  • Farewell

    When something ends the memories left behind can become toxic, warped with the pain of goodbye. I challenge you to write a ficly of a time when this does NOT happen. Show some of the other choices available. Multiple entries are welcome and appreciated. The more perspectives the better.

  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: Monosyllabics (Limitations Event)

    Write a story on any subject you please. You are, however, restricted to using only single syllable words. This challenge is one of three in the Limitations event for the Winter 2014 Ficlympics. If you enter this challenge, consider entering the other two (26 Sentences and 24 Words...

  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: 24 Words (Limitations Event)

    Convey an emotion as strongly as you can in precisely 24 words. This challenge is one of three in the Limitations event for the Winter 2014 Ficlympics. If you enter this challenge, consider entering the other two (26 Sentences and Monosyllabics) as well.

  • Winter 2014 Ficlympics: 26 Sentences (Limitations Event)

    Write a story of precisely 26 sentences on any subject you please. Successive sentences must begin with successive letters of the alphabet. You may start at any point in the alphabet you want and may go through the entire alphabet either forward or backward. Given that 26 sentences...

  • 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...

  • 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-...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • The New Old World

    Here is a challenge which you can all bring your best expository and prosaic form. The future is a wonderful and exciting place to write about. In this challenge, I have written a kicking off point in the first segment. Write sequels to it, each of you with your own, for as far as ...

  • A Battle Interwined

    Describe a battle in which there is some sort of underlying conflict. You can take the word "Battle" as you please. Battle of wits, battle of brute, battle of love..Have fun with this! Looking forward to any and all entries.

  • Minutiae

    mi·nu·ti·ae: The small, precise, or trivial details of something. Challenge: Write a ficly about a single object. Example: Not the entire shore, but a single grain of sand. The goal is to be 100% objective: Taste, Touch, Sight, Hear, Smell. I know this seems like homew...

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
  • Elemental Energies

    (I am hoping to inspire with this, and submit a few entries of my own, but not likely judge. If you're okay with that, feel welcome to enter.) You're an Elemental. Which element you control is up to you. (Fire, Earth, Water, Air, Metal, or something of your own design.) What you do...

    • Author: Zen Brau
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
  • Resolutions

    Another round of New Year resolutions is around the corner. Challenge: A resolution goes terribly wrong. Any scenario Any genre Any time period (It does not have to be January 1. The fallout may happen later in the year)

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
  • Etaoin shrdlu + c

    The nonsense phrase "etaoin shrdlu" dates back to the time of mechanical typesetting, when the keys on the keyboard of typesetting machines were arranged in the approximate order of frequency of the letters used in the English language. (There's a picture of such a keyboard at http://...

  • Dreams: a process of translation

    Though the magnificent mush of brains we have in our noggins blend together things that sometime have plot and definition, dreams are just a process of cleaning out our memories and storing the important stuff to convert to long term memory. But some dreams are just too incredible to ...

  • (Pseudo) Photo Challenge

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    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
  • Try This, You Might Find It Fun

    An ugly cousin thrown in a sandbox, sad and crying, that can't play today with A, I, O, U, Form a story using only A, I, O, U, and consonants, without you know who. Try: Control F to hunt him down.

    • Author: 32 ^2
    • Posted almost 6 years ago.
  • Happy Halloween!

    Guys, it's Halloween! Scare me! You have just 2 days! Go go go!

  • Oh the Horror!

    I want you to create for me the most horrifying story you can. Horrifying can be interpreted as you see fit (i.e. just a really bad story, a super scary story, whatever you want) Multiple submissions are acceptable.

  • The Sims

    For this challenge, use the Sims Family Generator, located at http://www.fakenamegenerator.com/the-sims.php to randomly generate the names and occupations for three people in the same family of the nationality of your choice. Write a story that involves all three of these people. The ...

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