November Challenge: Flash Fiction

As the saying goes, a picture’s worth a thousand words. And this month, your challenge is just that. Find a single image on Storybird, and write a story in less than 1,000 words. Remember, your story should have a plot—a beginning, a middle, and an end. It should have characters—a protagonist and an antagonist. And it needs a setting—where does it take place?

That’s a lot to fit into one longform chapter, but we think you guys can do it. Need some inspiration to get started? Take a look at the new work of art below, by Storybird artist jchanart.

- Who are these kids? (characters)
- Where are they? (setting)
- What’s happening in this picture, and what will happen next? (plot)

Answer those questions, and you have yourself a story.

November Challenge: Flash Fiction


1. Theme of the month: Flash Fiction - Your challenge this month is to find an image on Storybird that inspires you, and write a complete story in one longform chapter that is less than 1,000 words long. Remember, all stories submitted to the challenge must follow our community guidelines.

To be eligible for inclusion in the monthly roundup, you must submit your chapter book by November 25, 2016.

2. Choose your artwork – Browse our library of images to find the artwork that inspires you, or search for a specific theme. Choose a single image and use it to create a new longform book.

3. Submit - When you have finished your book, select “November Challenge” on the book details page before you submit to moderation. Please submit only ONE brand new story to this Challenge before NOV 25.

4. Eligibility – Any Storybird member can participate in our writing challenge. You join simply by participating. Paid membership is not required but it will allow you to display your beautiful badges like the one shown below, receive printable certificates for each challenge, and ensure your work is reviewed within 1-2 days.

5. Moderation - Paid moderation ensures your work is reviewed within 1-2 days. Learn more here. Otherwise, your work will be reviewed on a first-come, first serve basis and can take up to several weeks to be visible in the public library. We do try to accelerate Challenge entries because of the short timeframe, but there are no guarantees. Any book submitted to the Challenge before November 23 will be eligible for the badge (regardless of when it gets moderated).

Do the Challenge

You must have a Regular account for your story to appear in the public library and to be featured on our blog and to earn the badge. Stories published from Student accounts are only visible to members of your class.

Featured artwork by jchanart

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