Mid-Month Short Story Challenge #7

Responses to this month’s prompt

The Airport (Tabitha Wells)

Time Crunch (Me)


Welcome to the short story challenge that you’ll have the least amount of writing time on all year. With February being the shortest month of the year, you get only 14 days to complete this prompt rather than the standard 15 or 16 days, depending on the month. Not that it’s a concern — in this month’s prompt, you’ll take the point of view of a very hurried woman and tell her story. Now rush along and write your story.

Your prompt is for this month below. Your story should be posted on March 1, 2018. Be sure to link back to this post so I can see your story and share. Thank you so much to Stephanie for her help in coming up with this prompt.

  • Suggested number of words: 1000 word limit
  • Seven words to work into your story: Dangling, aquarium, stroller, data, orthodox, handbag, berries
  • Genre: Slice of life/melodrama
  • Rating/Content Limitations: Your choice
  • Topic: You are an elderly woman who is rushing through the terminal of an airport. You are wearing three hats on your head, trying to balance them on your head as you drag a small rolling bag behind you.

Mid-Month Short Story Challenge #6

After a month off for the holidays, the mid-month short story challenge is back. If you’re new to the challenge, the rules are simple. Follow the prompt/guidelines below and write a story based off of that prompt. If you’re posting the story on a blog or a publicly shared document, try to have the post up by the deadline so that I can share it. If you’re finding this after the fact, share your post whenever (and let me know so I can link back to the post).

Your prompt is for this month below. Your story should be posted on February 1, 2018. Be sure to link back to this post so I can see your story and share.

  • Suggested number of words: 1500 word limit
  • Seven words to work into your story: Sweatpants, immaculate, bird, independently, toque, flattery, polkadot
  • Genre: Your choice
  • Rating/Content Limitations: Your choice
  • Topic: Write about people watching in a public place

Good luck and happy writing.

November Mid-Month Short Story Challenge

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s short story challenge. Even though I’m currently doing the book charity drive, I wanted to get a prompt post up for those of you looking to get a leg up on starting your post for December 1st.

Your prompt is for this month below. If you do decide to blog your short story, link back to me and I’ll be sure to promote it where I can.

  • Suggested number of words: 1000-2000 words recommended, but feel free to use this as a guideline more than a rule this month
  • The first sentence of your story: “I’ve never seen anything quite like it.” (You can make this a quote, or not…your call)
  • Seven words to work into your story: Confidence, scrappy, snowstorm, medicated, pickle, fugue, convulse
  • Genre: Science fiction
  • Rating/Content Limitations: None

Your story should be posted on December 1st. Be sure to link back to this post so I can see your story and share. Good luck and happy writing.

October Mid-Month Short Story Challenge

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s short story challenge. I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the amount of involvement people have had with these prompts. Truth be told, I didn’t expect anyone to participate. So. Thank you. I do love reading new stories, so if you haven’t participated, I’d encourage you to do so — to or to encourage your writer friends to do so — this month.

Your prompt is for this month below. If you do decide to blog your short story, link back to me and I’ll be sure to promote it where I can.

  • Suggested number of words: Maximum 1000 words
  • Your theme: A letter to someone you’ve never met
  • Seven words to work into your story: fear, challenge, blip, consoling, wisdom, green, chemistry
  • Genre: None
  • Rating/Content Limitations: None

Your story should be posted on November 1st. Be sure to link back to this post so I can see your story ans share. Good luck and happy writing.

September Mid-Month Short Story Challenge

Thank you to everyone who participated in last month’s short story challenge. I’ve been going back through and adding links to Google Docs to those who have shared their stories from previous months with me on their respective month’s posts. If a few months pass and there’s enough interest and/or enough posts done, I may add a new page to the blog and curate all of the short stories there.

Your prompt is for this month below. If you do decide to blog your short story, link back to me and I’ll be sure to promote it where I can.

  • Suggested number of words: Minimum of 500 words, no maximum
  • Your theme: The demon within
  • Seven words to work into your story: red, philanthropy, safe, flight, shifty, cultural, feminism
  • Genre: None
  • Rating/Content Limitations: None
  • Other Notes: Story must be told from a first-person perspective

Your story should be posted on October 1st. Be sure to link back to this post so I can see your story ans share. Good luck and happy writing.