Writing Challenges

Every so often we run a story writing challenge. They are announced via our email list, so do join that anyway. You can join in the left hand margin.

When a challenge is open for entries they may be submitted in the usual manner. See the left hand margin "Submitting a Story". Make sure it is labelled as an entry for the challenge.

The challenges so far

  1. "Face at the Window, Chapter 2" challenge, Sole Entry - Closed
    See the original story on which the second chapter is based
  2. Summer Vacation - Closed
  3. Of Which Nightmares are Made - Closed
  4. Chocolate Spread - Closed
  5. Cold, Wet, and Muddy - Closed
  6. Rainbow Boy - Closed
  7. "May I Help You?" - Closed
  8. Close the Lid - Closed
  9. Black and White Boys - Closed
  10. Write a Sequel - Closed
  11. Crimson - Closed
  12. In His Room - Submisisons opened on 14 August 2017

Results in detail

Starting with the "Of Which Nightmares are Made" event in early 2016 we have also asked readers to rate stories against each other. Scroll down to see the summary of the results. These appear here soon after the challenge voting period opens. Each heading links to the full results for the challenge. Each results page links to each story submitted.

The overall results are shown, latest challenge first.

Crimson

Which story interpreted the picture best
You may tick a maximum of three stories for those you believe gave the best interpretation of the picture. The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [23 votes total]

My Crimson Year (18)  78%
Trapped (6)  26%
Harry and Me (8)  34%
Cousins (the Beginning) (2)  8%
Trevor and Lucas: Summer Vacation (7)  30%
Silver Lining (3)  13%

Which are your favourite three stories?
You may tick a maximum of three stories which you enjoyed the most The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [22 votes total]

Harry and Me (11)  50%
Cousins (the Beginning) (3)  13%
Trapped (5)  22%
Silver Lining (3)  13%
Trevor and Lucas: Summer Vacation (11)  50%
My Crimson Year (19)  86%

Write a Sequel

Mood of the Original
Which sequel caught the mood of the original story best [17 votes total]

Fête or Fate (0)  0%
What Happens in Vegas (1)  5%
The Second Time Around (15)  88%
All the Colours of the Rainbow (1)  5%

Favourite
Which sequel did you enjoy the most [15 votes total]

Fête or Fate (2)  13%
What Happens in Vegas (1)  6%
The Second Time Around (11)  73%
All the Colours of the Rainbow (1)  6%

Black and White Boys

Which two stories interpreted the picture best
You may tick a maximum of two stories for those you believe gave the best interpretation of the picture. The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [20 votes total]

Dura et Pulsans (12)  60%
Homosexual (2)  10%
Nick Park (14)  70%

Which are your favourite two stories?
You may tick a maximum of two stories which you enjoyed the most The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [20 votes total]

Dura et Pulsans (10)  50%
Homosexual (9)  45%
Nick Park (12)  60%

Close the Lid

Which three stories deployed the phrase best?
You may tick a maximum of three stories which you think met this criterion best [32 votes total]

Tomoko and the Goren (5)  15%
Blood Call (20)  62%
All Washed Up (12)  37%
The Music Box (20)  62%
Snow Day (11)  34%

Which are your favourite three stories?
You may tick a maximum of three stories which you enjoyed the most [34 votes total]

Tomoko and the Goren (8)  23%
Blood Call (21)  61%
All Washed Up (13)  38%
The Music Box (18)  52%
Snow Day (9)  26%

"May I Help You?"

Which three stories interpreted the picture best
You may tick a maximum of three stories for those you believe gave the best interpretation of the picture. The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [62 votes total]

Black Eyed David (32)  51%
The Elephant in the Room (38)  61%
I Do Like to Be Beside The Seaside - Getting There (28)  45%
Fifty Yard Line (4)  6%
Thrift Shop Nation (41)  66%
The Boy at the Park (8)  12%

Which are your favourite three stories?
You may tick a maximum of three stories which you enjoyed the most The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [65 votes total]

Black Eyed David (31)  47%
The Elephant in the Room (37)  56%
I Do Like to Be Beside The Seaside - Getting There (30)  46%
Fifty Yard Line (4)  6%
Thrift Shop Nation (54)  83%
The Boy at the Park (11)  16%

Rainbow Boy

Which story interpreted the picture best
You may tick a maximum of three stories for those you believe gave the best interpretation of the picture. The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [28 votes total]

ROYGBV (23)  82%
Independence Day (8)  28%
Glenn (2)  7%
The Eagle Dares (18)  64%

Which are your favourite three stories?
You may tick a maximum of three stories which you enjoyed the most The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [29 votes total]

ROYGBV (23)  79%
Independence Day (14)  48%
Glenn (6)  20%
The Eagle Dares (17)  58%

Cold, Wet, and Muddy

Which story interpreted the picture best
You may tick a maximum of three stories for those you believe gave the best interpretation of the picture. The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [47 votes total]

Aufgestellter Mausdrek (27)  57%
Bath Oliver (15)  31%
The Go-Between (6)  12%
Soggy Soccer (11)  23%
Josh (3)  6%
Grant and Marty (5)  10%
The Game of All Games (27)  57%

Which are your favourite three stories?
You may tick a maximum of three stories which you enjoyed the most The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [44 votes total]

Aufgestellter Mausdrek (24)  54%
Bath Oliver (19)  43%
The Go-Between (14)  31%
Soggy Soccer (14)  31%
Josh (8)  18%
Grant and Marty (9)  20%
The Game of All Games (27)  61%

Chocolate Spread

Which story interpreted the picture best
You may tick a maximum of three stories for those you believe gave the best interpretation of the picture. The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [50 votes total]

The Great and Special Test (36)  72%
I'm Not Your Baby Ruth (12)  24%
Leaving Home (8)  16%
The Chocolate Fantasy (8)  16%
Any Hole Will Do (8)  16%

Which are your favourite three stories?
You may tick a maximum of three stories which you enjoyed the most The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [50 votes total]

The Great and Special Test (38)  76%
I'm Not Your Baby Ruth (20)  40%
Leaving Home (17)  34%
The Chocolate Fantasy (10)  20%
Any Hole Will Do (19)  38%

Of Which Nightmares are Made

Which story interpreted the picture best
You may tick a maximum of three stories for those you believe gave the best interpretation of the picture. The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [43 votes total]

Jonah (8)  18%
The Dare (24)  55%
From the Stream to the Sea (10)  23%
Revenge (11)  25%
Of Which Nightmares Are Made (13)  30%
Avery and Me (14)  32%

Which are your favourite three stories?
You may tick a maximum of three stories which you enjoyed the most The stories are listed in the order they arrived with us [41 votes total]

Jonah (17)  41%
The Dare (26)  63%
From the Stream to the Sea (14)  34%
Revenge (12)  29%
Of Which Nightmares Are Made (8)  19%
Avery and Me (17)  41%