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  • Urban Fantasy

    This idea has been floating around in my head for a while, but I waited for one of my challenges to end before starting it. Write an urban fantasy story, something along the lines of trolls in London (but don't use that example). The grittier, the better. On your marks....get set....

    • Author: Oy
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • *THE DECAMERON FICTION PRIZE*

    THE VIRTUE OF finishing a story in a *1,000 words or fewer* is the way attention becomes microscopic: pointing toward a gesture, facial expression, or action that in the hubbub of a longer work might be a mere background detail, remarked on but not noticed. The editors look for writin...

  • Off the Roof

    I remember when the television in the upstairs bedroom of my house broke. I really have no clue why but my dad came up with the idea of throwing it off the roof. I'll keep it brief, a TV makes a very large BOOM when it hits concrete. This gave me an idea for a challenge... Write a ...

  • Legends

    *A very straight-forward challenge*: You must create a quick legend (or a scene or excerpt of one), which should happen on a site we will call "_Four Hills_". *The Rules Are*: > The title of the Legend can *not* contain the word "Legend" > You *must* mention "_Four Hills_" at l...

  • Inanimate Eulogy

    I did this on another site before but it didn't have the 1024 cap. When my computer blew up my wife said that I was so depressed I should write a eulogy for it. So write a eulogy for an inanimate object. Toaster oven, chair, TV, Harry Potter book. Anything as long as it ain'...

  • Stories Favor the Brave

    History tends to favor those who win. Literature tends to favor those who fight. Your challenge is to write a story of an epic battle, in which the hero loses, but is remembered in a positive light. The battle can take place anywhere, at any time, and the hero can be any one at all....

  • Ficlyfication AKA Ficlyfy this

    I have a dream. In that dream people ficlyfy things and it is good. Clearly that means you should be taking a longer work of fiction, be it a book, a film, a computer game or something else, and condensing it into 1024 characters or less. The Guardian newspaper does something s...

    • Author: Spiderj
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • classy porn (Mature)

    I don't know whether ficly is ready for this, but here goes. Your challenge is to write a scene for a high class porno movie. This means that you should be explicit but not vulgar or crude. Be as descriptive as possible. Include at least some fetishes. You may choose to do soft or ...

  • Elevated

    Elevators, eh? Tiny little places, zooming up and down, sometimes breaking down between floors, sometimes the sites of memorable occasions. Could be unnerving, sexy, romantic, scary, dramatic, tragic, surreal... Yes. Elevators are a perfect place to set tiny little stories. So, if ...

    • Author: Spiderj
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • Babel

    This challenge is quite simple, write a story in another language than English. The subjects is whatever you want, the only restricition is that you can't write it in english. Also, tag your story (ficlet) with the language written in english and in the language. (example: French,...

  • Not Your Ordinary Superhero

    Write a ficly about a superhero. Well, more of a superish hero. Somebody whose powers aren't quite up to standards, or just anyone who doesn't quite match our normal definition of a superhero. One like that one with the guy which cats "really liked". Somebody drop me a link to that ...

    • Author: Oy
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • Save A Cliche?

    We all know a cliche when we see one, and they are completely disgusting when used earnestly. So, are you up for the challenge of saving a cliche from itself? Give one of the following cliches a new life by using it somewhere in a story: "The grass is greener on the other side." ...

  • Shopping Lists!

    One of my favorite games to play has been to go to a huge store like Meijer's that carries everything conceivable and try to come up with the weirdest assortment of things to make the cashier guess what terrible thing I have going on at home. So let's do that. Think of a single tas...

    • Author: Cobweb
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • love letters

    I recently revisited a site for the first time in years and got very excited by it all over again. Originally called 300 Love Letters, the instigator of the project eventually went to 400, and you can check it out at *http://sleeptrip.com/300loveletters/2.html* if you have some time t...

  • Sci-Fantasy

    So, as the title entails, try and make a story somehow including both Sci-Fi and Fantasy. You have one month. I look forward to the entries.

    • Author: Dream
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • Music soothes the savage beast

    I know I'm not the only one who music is important to. Here's the challenge: Pick your favourite song (or if you don't have a favourite, one you like very much) and use the title of that song as the opening words for your piece. Obviously some will be more challenging than othe...

  • A Blind Challenge

    We're very visual creatures, we are. It's amazing how many of us take our sight for granted. *Your Challenge:* write a ficly (or two), giving us as many details as you can. Here's the catch: _there cannot be any visual details._ The narrator, first, second, or third person, is n...

  • Ficly Nirvana

    Write a story that it is _exactly_ 1024 characters long. It can be about whatever you want it to, in any format, but poetry gets extra kudos. So does anything with evil talking animals.

    • Author: Oy
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • One Line of Desperation

    ^_Your challenge is as follows:_^ Write one line (sentence? Whatever) of desperation. Desperation, crying out, agony, anguish, anxiety, concern, dejection, depression, desolation, despair, despondency, discomfort, disconsolateness, distraction, distress, fear, gloom, grief, hear...

  • Get the Puck in Here (A Modern Midsummer Night)

    Midsummer Night is a flexible date, celebrated on the solstice or St. John's Eve or other times depending on the country or culture. I picked St. John's Eve as the deadline for this challenge, so there's a quick turnaround. Get going! But first, of course, the challenge: Your story...

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • ZOMBIES!!!

    Everyone loves zombies. Everyone. SOOOOOO, I want you to write a story about zombies. The winner gets................... bragging rights? Remember: The gorier, the better! You have 28 days.

  • Lost and Found

    Take the rest of the month to craft a story in which one character loses something and another character finds something. The finder doesn't necessarily have to find what was lost. The things in question don't even have to be objects. And you don't have to use the words "lost" or "fou...

    • Author: jesteram
    • Posted over 9 years ago.
  • A Dog's Life

    So, my grandparents have a Great Dane. He's cute & awesome (His name is Zeus). His favorite thing to do is put his head on my laptop keyboard, on top of my hands. I wonder if he has any idea what I'm doing, and if he's trying to do it too. What does this have to do with a challenge...

  • Thunder and Writing

    Many stories begin "It was a dark and stormy night...", but not many begin "The thunder ran through the house like a hyper-active two-year old". Therefore, you must start a story with those words. It can be of any genre and be as long as you'd like, but it MUST begin with those words!...

  • 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 over 9 years ago.
  • 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 over 9 years ago.
  • 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 over 9 years ago.
  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Jelly Jar Challenge

    No real preamble this time. *Your Challenge:* write a segment in which a jar plays a key role. What kind of jar, you may ask? Any, really: from lab jars to jelly jars, as seemingly innocent as a glass jar of mistmatched buttons to as dangerous as a cracked lead jar of uranium. ...

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