Shock Totem Monthly Weekend-Long Challenge

Date: January 8-10
Prompt posted: Friday, 8pm EST
Story due: Saturday, 8PM EST
Comments and voting due: Sunday, 8pm EST

We are tossing things up a bit over at the Shock Totem Flash Challenge. We will continue the bi-weekly one hour challenge, but we are also adding in a monthly Weekend-long challenge. For this one, you will have 24 hours to submit your story.

This is a “prompted” challenge, meaning your story must be based on the prompt, which will be revealed just before 8 PM EST on Friday. The challenge takes place on the Shock Totem forum, so you’ll need an account if you want to participate.

Heads up: The Shock Totem Writer’s Workshop (the humble home wherein the flash challenge page of the forum is nestled) does not appear unless you are logged in. This is to protect any stories posted from appearing as published. Many people end up turning stories started on the flash challenge into publishable works and we don’t want to mess that up for anyone.

The purpose of the challenge is to force you, the writer, to clear your mind of all distractions and write a complete 1,000-word-or-less story within the allotted time. You’ll have to not only write the story, but also edit it, and then post it by 8 PM EST on Saturday.

For those interested, here are the rules:

1. All stories should be complete, written and posted within 24 hours, and can be anywhere from one sentence to 1,000 words in length.

2. You may choose to write your story in any genre.

3. Your story must be built around the restrictions—words, themes, photo prompts, word limits, etc.—provided by the Flashmaster at the beginning of the challenge.

4. Once the participants’ work is posted, the voting and comment session begins and continues until all votes are in. Time limit for voting will be determined on the spot, depending on how many people finish the challenge.

5. The winner becomes Flashmaster and hosts the next contest.

And that’s it. Simple and fun.

So go to the forum, sign up and kick people in the face with the force of your raw verbiage.