Friday, 17 December 2010

Friday Five: Writing Challenges for 2011

Here are five writing challenges to inspire you in 2011:

1) Write 1 Sub 1. Milo Fowler and Simon Kewin have come up with the perfect writing challenge for 2011 - 52 submissions in 52 weeks. I was going to dedicate a whole post to this one, but Madeleine at Scribble and Edit has already done an excellent job of explaining it. Thank you, Madeleine.

2) The First Line (or TFL) is a quarterly literary journal that gives you the first line of a story and challenges you write the rest. Stories should be 300 - 3000 words in length. Here are the 2011 first lines and submission dates:

  • Sam was a local employee. Due 1st February.
  • "We need to talk." Due 1st May.
  • Edwin spotted them the moment he stepped off the train. Due 1st August.
  • It had been a long year. Due 1st November.

3) Elena Solodow at 'You're Write. Except when you're rong' is hosting a 100 words for $100 dollars challenge from the 1st to 31st January. The objective is to write a 100-word sentence (one semi-colon allowed) and post it between the dates given. Read the full details here.

4) Have you ever wanted to parody a horror cliché? Well, now you can. Pill Hill Press are looking for submissions to their It Was a Dark and Stormy Night horror anthology. Here's what they are looking for:

'We are not looking for cliché stories here; we are looking for funny-on-purpose parodies of them. That old zombie or vampire or werewolf story you haven’t been able to get published because it had overused themes won’t cut it. Now…make me laugh, cackle, chuckle, giggle, and snort!'

Read the full details here.

5) Summer Ross at My Inner Fairy is hosting the New Creation Blogfest on the 5th January, to celebrate her 29th birthday. To enter, post the last sentence from one of your 2010 stories and the first line to a new story. This looks like it will be a fun challenge. Read the full details here.

That is it for today's Friday Five. I hope you found something here to challenge you in 2011.


  1. These look very interesting, I am tempted.
    Thanks Ellie. it's snowing in the sunshine here. We've had more sbow than last time :O)

  2. Parodying a horror cliche sounds intriguinig!

  3. Yay - such fun and intriguing writerly things for next year! I've joined the lovely Summer's one and will check out the rest - thank you Ellie! Take care

  4. Pondering, Pondering. Thank you for all the links. Will check them all out.

  5. Wow, there's a lot to keep us busy and I'll definitely try to do some of them.

  6. Thanks for all the links, Ellie. I'm tempted by The First Line and will check that out.

  7. Lots of great challenges there - thanks, Ellie!

  8. Thanks for the links and the shout-out!

  9. Thanks for the list! I'm definitely checking out some of these.

  10. Madeleine - glad they interested you. We had less snow this time, though it is more icey.

    Alex J. Cavanaugh - I was giving it some thought earlier and I think it will be quite difficult. How do you not cross the line into a standard cliched story? A lot to think about.

    Old Kitty - glad you found something of interest!

    Ann - your welcome.

    Debs - a few things to kick start our New Year!

    Christine - TFL is a great read - I've subscribed for a couple of years now. One day I'll find the courage to submit!

    Talli - your welcome.

    Elena Solodow - no problem!

    Chantal - your welcome.

  11. Uh, wow! That's an awesome list of writing challenges! I'll be working on editing my nano story...or my original wip. Maybe both at the same time....?

    Good luck and have a great weekend!

  12. Great posting, Ellie. But I must stick to my novel I'm suppose to be writing.

    Have a great Christmas and a wonderful 2011

  13. Thanks for posting this, Ellie. Looks very,very interesting. Will check them out.

    Have a Wonderful Christmas and a Rocking New Year!

  14. The Words Crafter - Aah...the nano novel. I should be working on mine too! Hope you're having a great weekend.

    Jarmara Falconer - it is very easy to get side-tracked! Have an awesome Christmas and New Year.

    Rachna Chhabria - you too!

  15. Welcome aboard the Write1Sub1 train; great to have you among us!
    in medias res

  16. Milo James Fowler - thank you!


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