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Creative Challenges

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What are Creative Challenges? How do I participate?

Our Creative Challenges happen every Sunday. They are not contests. There are no prizes. (They used to be writing prompts, but not anymore.) We publish submissions that impress us with their creativity.

Our editor Jon says: “This is your chance to surprise me. My creative horizon is way out there.”

Click on the green box at the top of this page to go to our submissions page on Submittable. Scroll down that page to find our Sunday form for the Creative Challenge.

Your submission must be under 1,000 words. It doesn’t have to be a short story or poem.

Could be tips on how to kiss a goat, an unusual list, a cryptic sticky note, overzealous high school lunchroom rules, instructions on how not to launch a nuclear submarine, an odd message accidentally left on your phone, a strange job description.

It could be none of those things. It could be anything at all. If it involves words on a page, and it’s under a thousand words, Jon wants to see it. We’re looking for writing that’s out of the ordinary, experimental, unconventional, different, or just plain weird. (Humor is always good.) 

Read our Creative Challenge winners.