creative challenges

Sometimes a writing deadline can be a beautiful thing.

Our Creative Challenges are fun writing prompts to inspire adventurous writers. Each challenge is open for three weeks.

As the name implies, our First Sentence Creative Challenge provides you with the first line you must use to begin your short story or poem.

Our Last Sentence Creative Challenge gives you the last line you must use.

Our Word Salad Creative Challenge gives you three words or phrases you must use somewhere within your story or poem.

We publish every submission that impresses us with its creativity. We don’t wait until after the deadline to publish. When the deadlines have come and gone, we refresh and repeat each Creative Challenge with new writing prompts.

They’re not contests. There are no prizes. But writers are happy to share with us just how inspired they were by taking on our Creative Challenges.


1. Click the green box below to go to our Submissions page at Submittable.
2. Scroll down to the bottom of that page to see our three Creative Challenges.
3. Click the More tabs on the right side of each challenge for full details.

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Need inspiration?

Read previous winners of our Creative Challenges.