Mutant 750: Winners of #39 & Prompts for #40

June 28, 2015

Grammar Ghoul Press hits the 40-week milestone this week — that means we’re now full-term! We’d like to thank everyone who has ever participated in one of our writing challenges, and everyone who has ever submitted something for consideration in The Ghouls’ Review. Without you, we’d just be a handful of ghouls hanging out in an abandoned part of the internet.

It’s summertime! And we’re thrilled to bring you Ghouls at the Beach, a series of special summer writing prompts at the Mutant 750. Each week, we’re going to give you two prompts: One visual prompt, as per usual, and one language prompt. So, instead of a specific word, we’re going to ask you to use a particular literary device, or idiom, or something similar in your piece. We’re also going to extend the submission deadline to Friday at noon, so the Mutant 750 will end just as the Shapeshifting 13 opens — and we’ll extend the voting period to Saturday at 11pm ET.

Speaking of which, before we get to our Mutant 750 #39 winners, remember to check out all the submissions for the Shapeshifting 13 #7, and then vote for your three (3) favourites. Voting is open until Monday at 8pm ET.

Finally, don’t forget to check out the ghouls on Twitter and Facebook, or sign up for our mailing list.

Mutant 750 #39 Challenge Winners

1st: TN Kerr, with The Ballad of Penny Rabbit, a delightful tale that paints us a picture of an equally delightful world, and still manages to surprise with its strange twist at the end. Congratulations, TN! Don’t forget to grab your Mutant 750 winner’s badge from the sidebar.


2nd: Tony Lovell, with his creative, well-paced, and nightmare-inducing piece, Evanescent: Mary.


3rd: Thomas Shaw, with Brass Tacks (Cut and Paste #2), which gives us a brand new reason to shudder.

Congratulations to all our winners!

Prompts for Mutant 750 #40

So, the first prompt in our Ghouls at the Beach series is the literary device, anthropomorphism. You will find both of your prompts below. And remember, you must use both prompts in your submission. You must have an example of anthropomorphism in your piece, and you must also make some sort of reference to the visual prompt. Good luck!

Language Prompt:

Anthropomorphism (literary device)

When a writer gives human traits, qualities, emotions, or behaviours to things that are not human (animals, trees, earthquakes, spoons, etc.)
Example: The wind screamed like an angry child.
Visual Prompt:

tools and instruments in belt isolated on white backgroundClick for larger version.

The official rules are below, as is the Inlinkz grid. Don’t be afraid to contact us if you have any questions about the challenge.

The Rules

  •    •   Challenge submissions must be fiction or poetry.
  •    •   Submissions must be 750 words or less.
  •    •   Submissions must use the prompt as specified.
  •    •   Submissions should be written for the challenge, and shouldn’t pre-date the kickoff post.
  •    •   One submission per person.
  •    •   Please put lengthy explanations at the end of your post, not at the beginning.
  •    •   Don’t forget to add the code for the challenge badge to your post.
  •    •   And don’t forget to have fun!


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  • tnkerr June 28, 2015 at 11:19 pm

    I’m really excited about this one! I didn’t know where it was going to go when I started but I was having so much fun writing it that I just gave it some rein and let it run. Apparently it was fun to read as well. Thanks for this – and congratulations to everyone who was involved: writers, voters, ghouls, butchers, bakers, candlestick makers, one and all.

  • Thomas June 28, 2015 at 11:31 pm

    Last week was hard as can be. Thank you to everyone who gave it a shot. I look forward to reading what everyone else does each week :-).

  • tnkerr June 30, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    I wasn’t sure I could bring myself to press “Publish” with this week’s entry!

  • Thomas July 1, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I’ve written another happy one lol

  • Susan July 3, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    I’m finding it impossible t choose just three. Excellent writing all around!

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