December Challenge: The text that made my New Year's Eve

This month, we’re running the Challenge through the holidays and into January to give you lots of time to write. And, for your inspiration, we’re giving you eight glorious glorious words as a theme! Ready? Here they are:

The text that made my New Year’s Eve.

That’s it. Pick an image and start writing a longform story up to 3000 words, and any number of chapters and include the theme “the text that made my New Year’s Eve”. You do not have to use the exact words as long as your story is related to the theme. As always, 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?

Need some inspiration? Find an image that you think works with the words above. Somewhere in the magic space between the words and the pictures, you’ll find a ton of inspiration.

December Challenge: The text that made my New Year’s Eve


1. Theme of the month: The text that made my New Year’s Eve - Your challenge this month is to find an image on Storybird that inspires you, and write a complete longform story that is less than 3,000 words that includes the theme. 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 January 9, 2017.

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 “December Challenge” on the book details page before you submit to moderation. Please submit only ONE brand new story to this Challenge before January 9.

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 the due date 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 alinachau

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