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Literary Maneuvers Challenge

WF's monthly Flash Fiction Challenge

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Literary Maneuvers August 2021: Picture Prompt

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Literary Maneuvers, August 2021
We have a picture prompt! What story can you spin out of this image?
650 words, deadline 23:59 GMT / 18:59 EST, Sunday, 15 August


This picture is by the artist Mike Lynch. You can find more of his paintings on this website.

Any questions about this unusual format, please feel free to ask in the Coffee Shop.

If you win, you'll get a badge pinned to your profile, plus the chance to enter our Feb 2022 Grand Fiction Challenge, which carries cash prizes.


The judges this month are myself, vranger, KeganThompson and robertn51. If you'd like to volunteer...

Literary Maneuvers June 2021: Grid

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Literary Maneuvers, June 2021

Special randomised prompt

650 words, deadline 23:59 GMT / 18:59 EST, Tuesday, 15 June

Something a little different this month. Each participant will be working from a different randomised 6-word prompt. Please see the chart and instructions below...


As the judges will need to know what you've rolled in order to judge your work, please include this information before your story.

Any questions about this unusual format, please feel free to ask in the Coffee Shop.

If you win, you'll get a badge...

Anonymous May Challenge: “Abandoned Places/Things”

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As previously discussed, the challenge rules have been revamped.

Henceforth, we will be alternating between “regular” challenges during which members will post their own entries, and anonymous challenges during which entries will be sent to me and I will post them.

The “Like” function may now be utilized at any time.

Discussion regarding any entry, or any challenge related issues, may take place at any time in either Bistro. Kindly be mindful that secure entries are only discussed in the Secure Bistro to preserve the first rights of entrants.

Once the entry phase has been officially closed, and the voting process has begun, critique for public entries may be posted in the voting thread itself, while critique for secure entries must be posted in a dedicated thread in the challenge workshop to preserve the first rights of entrants.

This is an anonymous month, therefore...

Literary Maneuvers May 2021: Writer's Choice

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Literary Maneuvers Competition
for May 2021

It was posted earlier this month
that the May LM Prompt
would be a surprise!
A fun surprise!
(I promised xXx it would be fun)

The surprise prompt is …………….

there is NO prompt.

The stories you submit for the
May 2021 Literary
Maneuvers Comp

can be about anything you want,
but must adhere to 650 words,
not including the title.

Do your best work.
Your stories will be scored the same as always,
without the caveat that it must relate
In some way to a prompt (because there is none).

Word limit: 650
Begins Wednesday, April 28th
(due to site transition)
Closes Saturday, May 15th
2359hrs GMT

Critiques from judges due to
(please and thank you)
No later than Monday, May 31st

This month you will be prompted:

To Write About
Whatever You Choose
Prompt-less Prompt



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