Ends on March 2, 2018

$3.00 USD

JUMPSTART CHALLENGES are not contests. There is no prize. We give you a writing prompt and you do something creative with it. We'll publish the best pieces we receive in response. Push the edges, break the rules, be surprising and unexpected. Show us how creative you are.

What to do: 

  1. Read a couple of short stories or poems at Typishly to see what we publish.
  3. You do NOT have to use the exact words in the prompt. It's meant as a creative jumpstart.
  4. You DO have to write an original poem or story using the idea in the writing prompt as the core of your piece. (Don't just drop our idea into an old existing story you already have stored on your hard drive. Write something new that uses our prompt as its driver.) 
  5. Submit ONE story - OR - ONE poem in a submission. (It's okay to write an epic, long poem if you like.)
  6. Tell us a bit about yourself. Let us know if you've been published and where. Why do you write?


A cowboy from 1882 rides over a Montana hill during a lightning storm and emerges, still on his horse, into the rush hour traffic of Manhattan in 2018.

(HINTS: Who is he? What happens in the first few seconds when he arrives in New York City? What happens in the days and weeks that follow? How does the media treat him? You get the idea. Good luck!)

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