Romeo and Juliet, Heathcliff and Catherine, Taylor and Tom… Wikipedia says that the term “star-crossed” originally meant a pairing was “thwarted by a malign star” or that the stars are working against the relationship. We’d love with all our hearts to read your interpretation, so the theme for the February Challenge is:

“Star-crossed” – Two people couldn’t be more different. But somehow, they have found each other. And only by working together can they save themselves and everyone they love.

Pick an image and start writing a SINGLE CHAPTER longform story and include the theme above. You do not have to use the words “star-crossed” 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. Start here:





1. Theme of the month: Star-crossed - Your challenge this month is to find an image on Storybird that inspires you, and write a complete longform in ONE CHAPTER (a single-page longform story) 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 February 23, 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 “February Challenge” on the book details page before you submit to moderation. Please submit only ONE brand new story to this Challenge.

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 JuliusTan, AlinaChau, and Paul McDougall

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