Writing Challenge: Shapeshifting 13

The Shapeshifting 13 Micro-fiction Writing Challenge
A weekly micro-fiction writing challenge for bloggers who like a surreal challenge!


At our weekly Shapeshifting 13 micro-fiction writing challenge, you get a prompt and a multiple of exactly 13 words every week of each month. In week 1, you get 13 words, week 2 you get 26, week 3 you get 39, and so on. The challenge resets to 13 words at the beginning of the next month.

The Shapeshifting 13 writing challenge kicks off every Wednesday at Noon (Eastern Time). The Inlinkz grid will be open for your challenge submissions, so you can link your piece as soon as it’s ready. The grid will stay open until Sunday at 8:00 p.m., after which voting will open. You will be able to read and vote for your favourite submissions until Monday at 8:00 p.m. Winners will be announced in a separate post on Tuesdays at Noon.

First place winners will receive a funky badge to display on their blogs. Anyone who places in our top three will get a shout-out here, as well as on Facebook and Twitter.

The challenge schedule and rules are listed below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.


Shapeshifting 13 Weekly Challenge Schedule

Wednesday @ Noon: Current week’s prompt is revealed
Grid opens for submissions
Sunday @ 8pm: Grid closes to submissions
Voting opens
Monday @ 8pm: Voting closes
Tuesday @ Noon: Winners are announced

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.
  • And don’t forget to have fun!


  • Reply Lee June 8, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Where/how do we submit to shape shifters? Here?

    • Reply Suzanne Purkis July 4, 2016 at 2:56 pm

      Hi Lee! Sorry for the slow reply. You submit to the challenge page each week, which will be available on our home page. You can also sign up for our email list and you’ll get a link to the challenge right in your inbox.

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