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Good for what ails you

Welcome to the Darkroom where we open our photo album to you to help spark your creativity. Each week we offer a new photo, but the story is yours to write.

The Rules, because there are always rules:

1. The photo is here to spark your imagination. Use it as the landscape for your story, to remind you of a moment in your past, or the punch line to a joke. Use the photo as inspiration in any way you want.
2. Your submission can be fiction or nonfiction, memoir, poetry, dark or humor – your pick.
3. Please no adult content, no racial or political posts. Also, where applicable, please include a trigger warning introduction.
4. Keep your word count to 1000 or less. (Don???t worry if you go over, we won???t count.)
5. Link to your submission???s post URL in comments. If you don???t have a blog, you can add your entry to the comments below.
6. Link to this page???s URL in your post.
7. Limit one entry per person.
8. Submission deadline is Wednesday, midnight CST (Thursday, 5 a.m. GMT)

This week???s prompt:

If 1,000 words seems daunting, and you want to try your hand at something more compact, check out the 100 Word Challenge at “Thin spiral notebook.” Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, midnight CST.

That’s surprising

Welcome to Two for Tuesday, where you??are??offered two similar, yet distinct, words to spark your imagination. One prompt will be an ordinary, oft used word. The other prompt??will be a little more expressive, maybe even unfamiliar.

Each word will include a definition to help get you started.

???The most valuable of all talents is that of never using two words when one will do.??? ~ Thomas Jefferson

What to do:

  1. Write in any genre – fiction, memoir, poetry, horror, mystery, fantasy, romance, YA – you get the idea.
  2. You must use one or both prompts in your story – any form, any tense, as long as it is grammatically correct. (For instance, if you’re given a noun, and can use it as an adjective by adding “ing,” or change it to an adverb with “ly,” ??that is allowed.)
  3. Share the URL to your story in the comments OR, if you don???t have your own blog, share??your story in the comments.
  4. Please keep your stories PG-13 or under, and be sparing with the swearing. This is a family-friendly kind of place. Please include trigger warnings where needed.

This week???s words are:

Forsooth and/or Indeed

[adv] indeed (often used ironically or to express surprise or indignation); used to introduce a further and stronger or more surprising point.

The deadline to submit a story is midnight Monday, CST (5 a.m. Sunday, GMT)

Friday Flash Fiction Train – Purpose

All aboard the Friday Flash Fiction Train! Each week, a new prompt will take us to parts unknown – sit back, check out the prompt, and enjoy the ride.

But first, some rules.

  1. Every other week, a random??prompt will be posted on Friday. Participants have until the Wednesday before the next prompt at 12:00 PM EST??to write and submit a response in the comment section. Your story??must be posted in the comments to count.
  2. The catch – after the first week with a winner, the responses to the prompts must build off the previous winning entry, continuing its story.??To avoid never-ending stories, the contest will reset every 5 winners. We’re aiming to tell a story in 5-episode bursts.
  3. Voting will be open to decide a winner from Wednesday??at 12PM EST to Thursday??at 10PM EST. Voting will be on site and also in our Facebook group, OWS Word Mafia.
  4. The winning piece will be featured in the next??prompt, with links to the winner’s social media.
  5. Word limit:??400.
  6. All responses are property of the authors.
  7. Completed stories might also be compiled into ebooks in the future!

To the prompt!

“What is the purpose of being human and alive without doing new things?” – John Sulston

Remember – participants should include??name/pen name and any links they’d like to share for promotional purposes (Twitter, FB Page, Goodreads, Website, etc).

Not sure you want to play? Check out the contest’s previous incarnation for an idea of how it works.

Watch out

Welcome to the Darkroom where we open our photo album to you to help spark your creativity. Each week we offer a new photo, but the story is yours to write.

The Rules, because there are always rules:

1. The photo is here to spark your imagination. Use it as the landscape for your story, to remind you of a moment in your past, or the punch line to a joke. Use the photo as inspiration in any way you want.
2. Your submission can be fiction or nonfiction, memoir, poetry, dark or humor – your pick.
3. Please no adult content, no racial or political posts. Also, where applicable, please include a trigger warning introduction.
4. Keep your word count to 1000 or less. (Don???t worry if you go over, we won???t count.)
5. Link to your submission???s post URL in comments. If you don???t have a blog, you can add your entry to the comments below.
6. Link to this page???s URL in your post.
7. Limit one entry per person.
8. Submission deadline is Wednesday, midnight CST (Thursday, 5 a.m. GMT)

This week???s prompt:

If 1,000 words seems daunting, and you want to try your hand at something more compact, check out the 100 Word Challenge at “Thin spiral notebook.” Deadline for submissions is Tuesday, midnight CST.

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