Do you ever take a look at your list of visits to see which blog posts are receiving regular traffic? I do and not surprisingly the one seeing the most clicks now is a post based on Growing Wave petunias. But interestingly enough is this particular blog post here, My List of Regular Blog Challenges. As you know with anything online there is great fluidity and staying power is an elusive quality. After saying that you can probably guess the direction this edit is going to take. Yes, that’s right, I will be shuffling the line up!
This is the first prompt I found when I joined Word Press last fall. It was a great way to get my feet wet and to meet some fantastic storytellers. The concept is very simple, you receive a photo prompt and limit yourself to 100 words in telling a story. The request from the host, Rochelle Wisoff-Fields is that each story be standalone.Find it here.
Alastair Forbes hosts this Sunday edition of a photo fiction prompt. You are encourages to use 150 words or less to answer the prompt. Find Alastair here.
The Daily Post lays out a new Photo Challenge each Friday at noon. It is another opportunity to dig through your photography and share your eye for detail with opthers around the woprdl and around the web. These have proven to be high volume posts for me, which means I am getting some good traffic. This is found here.
Yeah Write Speakeasy is the chance to bring your best fiction or poetry and pit it against others to see if it is up to snuff. We all want to know how much qulaity we have in our writing chops and this is a sure way to find out. After some hours for comparison voting ensues and the best of the lot is recognized. The Grid opens each Tuesday. Follow this link to learn more.
What if you write something more substantial, which is neither fiction nor poetry? You can bring it to showcase with the other hearty souls who take on the Yeah Write Weekly Writing Challenge. Yeah Write gives you some time as with the Speakeasy and then another vote thins the herd. If your stuff is strong enough you can even be included in an invitational grid for further exposure. See it here.
The weekends are a little less formal at Yeah Write, perhaps shown by the name of the gird. The moonshine grid is a free form opportunity to show off your wares. As this particular post shows you can pretty much do what strikes your fancy. This is my first Moonshine Grid, but that is just a result of my lack of planning for the weekend blogging than a reflection of the quality of the challenge. Read more at this link.
Trifecta offers two very different challenges on an alternating, weekly schedule. One, the original Trifecta Challenge is a fiction prompt based on the third definition of a word from the Oxford English Dictionary. Using this not so familair defintion you are challenged with creating a 33 to 333 word response. Another voting follows to determine the best work. Alternatively you can try what was originally a weekend Trifextra prompt which usually limits you to 33 words in the same manner. Find that here.
The folks at the Daily Post offer a Weekly Writing Challenge I am fond of as well. It is another word based challenge that allows you to get some wide exposure which usually leads to some new eyeballs on your work as well as the chance for new followers. You will start here.
Five Sentence Fiction is a weekly challenge host by Lillie McFerrin. Again, following the one word theme, you are encouraged to limit your exposition to a neat five sentences. Depending on your writing skill you could have a short response or a sizable one. Go over and check FSF out here.
Continuing Story Challenge
This was something I wanted to try on another writing site, but I did not find the person to person engagement like there is here. The skinny is this: A 100 word start is shared by the host and you are invited to offer up to three 100 word chapters to the story. But there is a catch, you must allow at least three others to place their chapters in between yours. This past Saturday was the debut of the Chain Writing Game and I think 28 chapters made it to press before the challenge ended. I hope to help Kerri Ann Salsac bring The Chain Writing Game to a wider audience. You can catch up here.
Jennifer M. Eaton has a continuing serial going into its 73rd installment, with each piece consisting of roughly 250 words. Jennifer is a published author and very gracious to include anyone interested in her adventure. You can read the latest chapter here.
Short Term Continuing Stories
I hosted a short term continuing story event in May and June of this year. It was an invitation only kind of thing, but really because the open invitation drew such a small response. We called it the Baker’s Dozen Fiction Story. In fact only twelve of us participated because the 13th dropped out after the start. If you would like to know more check here.
Josh Magill hosted another challenge like this during the fall. His was a fifteen part, 100 word per chapter version that told the story of a second grader name Tim Higglemotham and the adventure that is his life. Find it at this link.
Month Long Writing Challenge
Toward the end of March in 2013 I came across what looked like a very interesting challenge from a blogger named Arlee Byrd. Basically you choose a theme and blog every day in April, save Sundays. The hook is to base your blog on a letter of the alphabet, i.e. A on the 1st, B on the 2nd and so on. What I really liked about this was the interaction between blogging platforms as members from Word Press and Blogger took part. Read up now and be ready for April by following this link.
A Flash Fiction Publication
Are you looking for a way to break into the world of publication? Red Dwyer has just the ticket for those of you willing to try Flash Fiction. Her company Redmund Publications puts out a quarterly publication collecting up to 250 flash fiction pieces in a series known as Flash in the Pan. I was excited to finally see some of my work in print for the first time. If you want more info visit this link.
So now you wish I would just stop, correct? Well I think I must since I have exhausted the list of regular challenges I know. But here is where I want your feedback. Do you try any of these? Are there others you can suggest? I will wait for your response.
This is my post for the weekend yeah write moonshine grid.