GG Challenge #5 Winners and Challenge #6 Prompts

November 5, 2014

Happy November!

It was a bit quiet here last week, but there were some fantastic submissions, and I, for one, still found it difficult to narrow down my choices to only three. As always, thank you to all our wonderful writers, and to everyone who stops by to read and vote.

Stay tuned for our very first giveaway later this month. You’ll have a chance to win something special, just in time for Christmas! You might want to subscribe to our email list or hang out with us on Facebook and Twitter, so you don’t miss anything important.

Challenge #5 Winners

Without further ado, here are this week’s winners:

In first place, we have The Family, by EA Wicklund of Momus News. This disturbing story will make you angry and afraid, but it will also make you believe in magic and the possibility of good coming from misery. Creative and well written, but not for the faint of heart. Congratulations, EA! Please grab your winner’s badge over there in the sidebar.

In second place is Silverleaf, with her gorgeous period piece, Refraction. This descriptive story brings us into the world of one flapper’s last night of wickedness!

And, rounding out our top three is AR Neal’s entertaining story, Corporate Takeover, in which she expertly combines the worlds of Egyptian mythology and online dating, for some pretty fantastic results!

Congratulations to all our talented winners — and a big thank you to everyone who participated in our Spooky October writing challenges!

Moving on to Challenge #6

Before we get to this week’s prompts, here’s a quick review of how our challenge works. We give you two prompts: A word and something visual. You have to use both prompts in your submission. You write a flash fiction story or a poem (max. 750 words) and post it on your blog. You include our badge, which you should see in the right sidebar (just copy all of the text beneath the badge and paste it into the HTML or Text view of your post). On Friday, you come back here and add your link to the Inlinkz grid.

Now that October is behind us, you don’t have to channel your spooky side anymore. (But of course, you are always welcome to.) So bring us whatever the prompts bring you. We’re pretty excited to see what comes next!

Okay, let’s get to the prompts. Your visual prompt this week is the painting, Homesickness, by the Belgian surrealist painter, René Magritte. And your word prompt comes courtesy of my lovely husband, who has an excellent sense of humour.

Word prompt:

Bodacious (adjective):

Excellent, admirable, or attractive.
(Definition #1)

Visual prompt:

homesicknessClick for larger image.

The official rules are below. Don’t be afraid to contact us if you have any questions about the challenge — or if you find yourself wrestling with the badge.

The Rules

  •    •  Challenge submissions must be fiction or poetry.
  •    •  Submissions must be 750 words or less.
  •    •  Submissions must use the prompts as specified.
  •    •  Submissions should be written in response to the challenge, so they should not 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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  • E.A. Wicklund November 5, 2014 at 10:57 am

    Thank so much everyone. The stories were so fantastic this week, I honestly didn’t think I stood a chance. Thanks to everyone for another terrific week of exploring the imagination.

  • shannon November 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Congratulations to all, for their truly original stories. I loved reading them all this week.

  • Andree Robinson-Neal November 5, 2014 at 2:34 pm

    Great stories, one and all. Thank you so much for those of you who voted for my little story. Hope it entices you to pop over to my corner of the blogosphere again 😉

  • Shannon November 6, 2014 at 9:38 pm

    Hey there, I just happened to notice that the Challenge Badge all up and to the left is for Challenge 5

    • Suzanne Purkis November 6, 2014 at 10:23 pm

      Oops! Thanks for catching that. I forgot to change the code. All fixed now. 🙂