Ends on February 27, 2019

$3.00 USD

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 Word Salad threesomes shown below, anywhere in 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.
 

WHAT TO DO:  We’ve provided three options below, each containing three words or phrases. Choose only ONE option. You must use all three of the exact words or phrases found within the option you choose. USE THE THREE WORDS OR PHRASES IN ANY ORDER, somewhere within your short story or poem. It helps if you BOLD them, so readers can easily find them.

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.

CHOOSE...
OPTION 1: USE ALL 3 OF THESE WORDS/PHRASES IN YOUR SHORT STORY OR POEM (IN ANY ORDER)…
calico cat     +    eggshells     +    mysterious  

OR CHOOSE...
OPTION 2: USE ALL 3 OF THESE WORDS/PHRASES IN YOUR SHORT STORY OR POEM (IN ANY ORDER)...
lucky day    +    sleeper train     +     baseball

OR CHOOSE...
OPTION 3: USE ALL 3 OF THESE WORDS/PHRASES IN YOUR SHORT STORY OR POEM (IN ANY ORDER)...
reputation     +     Hollywood     +     bowling ball