Sir Bumblefred's Prep School for Dragons – a magical institution so beloved that its attendance is sought after by every scaly, fire-breathing young pupil in the land.
Today, we want you to write a story about a new student at Sir Bumblefred's Prep School for Dragons
Finally accepted into the prestigious school, your dragon shows up and, much like any new kid in class, faces some challenges. Here are some ideas to tackle before flying into your tale:
- Create your dragons. What kind of features do dragons have in your universe? How large are they? Do they have any magical abilities? Do different dragons have different abilities? What colors are your characters?
- Find friends and foes. Does your dragon create allies and enemies at this new school?
- Make a motivation. What does your dragon want to accomplish here? Can you give us a backstory for them and your magical world while you're at it?
- Build your world. How does real life differ from everyday life at Dragon Prep?
Remember to draw inspiration from your imagination—create a unique world that only you can build. From your dragon’s name to the type of magic used in your world, try to make the details, both big and small, wholly original.
In other words, we DON'T want to you to write about Hogwarts with dragons. You also may NOT use characters, names, or settings from the Dragon Academy game, or any other existing dragon series. Writing fan fiction and using other people's ideas are not allowed on Storybird.
To learn more about how to build your very own, totally original fantasy world, check out this course with Shannon Messenger, the best-selling author of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series!
- Choose a piece of cover art on Storybird to inspire a LONGFORM chapter (less than 500 words) about the first day at Sir Bumblefred's Prep School for Dragons. Only the first chapter can be submitted to the challenge, but you can continue your story beyond one chapter if you choose. If you publish additional chapters, do not select the Challenge when you submit to moderation.
- Build your dragons. What are their appearances like? Do they have any special abilities? If you want some inspiration, take a look at this guide all about Dragons.
- Decide what your dragon encounters on their first day—friends, foes, exciting new magic—whatever you can think of!
- Create a driving factor for your dragon. What made them want to attend the school in the first place?
- Edit your chapter! Make sure you wrote everything the way you wanted to write it and that you’re happy with your work. Check for typos, grammar, and punctuation.
- Once you’ve finished, give your Longform chapter a title. It should relate to your story and grab the reader's attention.
- Now you’re ready to enter your story into the challenge. Publish your chapter and submit it!
- While you're waiting for moderation, read at least three entries below and leave feedback for the authors. Read this guide for tips on giving (and receiving) constructive criticism.
** Remember, when you're writing on Storybird (or any website) you should never include personal information like your name, your school, or your hometown. Also, Storybird does not allow stories that are violent, offensive, or based on other people's characters or ideas. Read these community guidelines for more reminders on how to stay safe and have fun online.