Shapeshifting 13 #35 Kickoff

January 6, 2016

Uh oh, Ghoul Friends!

It’s Wednesday, and you know what that means!

It’s time for a new SHAPESHIFTING 13 CHALLENGE!

Now, last week we started our new challenge-series, and, golly, was it a doozy! We here at Grammar Ghoul think this is a neat new challenge, but is it too hard? We’d love your feedback on this! Honestly, we’d love your feedback on everything Grammar Ghoul! Feel free to post your thoughts in our comment sections. This week, we’re continuing our new challenge-series, and we hope it’s a little easier for all of you fabulous Ghouls this time around!

Now, before we get to our three-piece prompt this week, let’s look at a few reminders.

  • Our Winter Writing Contest is in full swing! The deadline is March 13th, 2016, at Midnight ET. We have two challenges–Short Stories, 1000-3500 words & Flash Fiction, 100-1000 words! This is a splendid opportunity, so don’t miss it! There is a $10 entry fee for each story, but first place wins $100 plus publication in the Winter/Spring 2016 issue of The Ghoul’s Review.
  • Our Lair is currently taking a hiatus, as is our Mutant 750 challenge. Should either one open up, we’ll announce it here!
  • We are conjuring up some (possible) awesome new content here at Grammar Ghoul Press, so keep your eyes peeled and glued to our page for future updates!
  • The Shapeshifting 13 goes live every Wednesday at Noon ET. The grid will stay open until Sunday at 8:00 p.m., after which voting will open. Voting ends on Monday at 8:00 p.m., so you get about 24 hours to read and vote for your favorites pieces. Winners will be announced in a separate post on Tuesday at Noon ET. Further details can be found here.

For the first month of the new year, we’re delving into a new challenge-series that is sure to delight and challenge you:

Ghouls in the Cabin

In this series, we will provide you with a three-piece prompt: a creature, a location, and an item. The word limit will remain the same, but you’ll need to at least reference all three parts of the prompt in your piece. See? I told you it was a challenge! You may explicitly use the three prompts in your piece, or only reference them–and your reference can be as literal as you want it to be. (EX: Does your story have to take place in the specified location? No, but the location should be at least referenced.) I’m interested to see what you come up with!

Last week for THE SHAPESHIFTING 13 challenge, you were tasked with creating a story or poem in just 26 words. This week, in exactly 39 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by/using the following three-piece prompt:

swallow tower garden gnome

The Rules

  •    Challenge submissions must be fiction or poetry.
  •    Submissions must be exactly the number of words specified; no more, no less.
  •    Submissions must use the prompt(s) as directed.
  •    Submissions should be written in response to the challenge, so they 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.
  •    When voting, you are on the honor to not vote for your own piece.

Now, while your handing over that cow, don’t forget to grab the Shapeshifting 13 #34 badge from the right side of the page, and insert it into your post. Remember, you have until Sunday @ 8pm Eastern Time to submit something. Have fun!



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  • TN Kerr January 10, 2016 at 8:14 pm

    Nice – Very nice indeed
    Gracias Ghouls
    Muchas Gracias!

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