Shapeshifting 13 #40 Kickoff

February 10, 2016

Happy Midday, Ghoul Friends!

Time to get over that mid-week hump, and what a better way to do that than with a new Shapeshifting 13! This week, we have a scrumptious prompt in store for you. I’d suggest taking a good look at it.

First glances can be so deceiving!

Our Winter Writing Contest is going strong! This is a splendid opportunity for writers, and there’s an added bonus of $100 for our winner! This time, around, we have two challenges, which makes this so much more interesting and fun, wouldn’t you say?! We have a Short Stories section, where the word count is between 1000 and 3500 words, and then we have a Flash Fiction, where the word count is between 100 and 1000 words. There is a $10 entry fee for each story, and writers may submit up to 3 entries. When you’re ready to submit, click the “Pay Contest Fee” button at this link to pay your fee via PayPal, then email your submission to Please contact us if you require an alternative payment method.

Now, before we jump down to our prompt, let’s look at a few reminders:

  • On the last Friday of each month, we will celebrate a fellow writer here at Grammar Ghoul Press, in a new segment we’re calling “Celebrating the Ghouls”! If you’re interested in being a part of this new project, please email
  • Our Lair is currently taking a hiatus, as is our Mutant 750 challenge. Should either one open up, we’ll announce it here!
  • 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.

Last week for THE SHAPESHIFTING 13 challenge, you were tasked with creating a story or poem in just 39 words. This week, in exactly 52 words, your challenge is to write a story or poem inspired by the following image (make sure to acknowledge the artist in your post):

Cereal Dust Bowl by Carl Warner

Cereal Dust Bowl by Carl Warner

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 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 #40 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!


Tell all your friends
Tweet about this on TwitterShare on FacebookShare on Google+Pin on PinterestShare on TumblrEmail this to someone

You Might Also Like