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Our Creative Challenges are writing prompts with three-week deadlines, always ending on Wednesdays. We refresh them with new challenges as they expire.

What to do? Use one of the First Sentence options shown below to begin your short story or poem.

We’ll publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. When our deadline has come and gone, we’ll repeat the challenge with new writing prompts.

Don’t submit short fiction over 5,000 words long.
Don't submit poems with words set artistically across the page. They do not display properly on smartphones, because the screens are too narrow and unexpected line breaks often occur.

 
WHAT TO DO:
You MUST USE ONLY ONE of the three phrases below to BEGIN your short story or poem.

CHOOSE ONLY ONE OPTION BELOW:

EITHER...

 
USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM: 

They debarked the boxcar in a burg called Clyde

OR... USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM: 

The New York bankers attacked at dawn

OR... USE THIS PHRASE TO BEGIN YOUR STORY OR POEM: 

I admit, what I did was rather unusual