The Challenge

Welcome to what I’m haphazardly calling the 10/10 Challenge. I really don’t feel like typing out “10 Short Stories in 10 Weeks Challenge” every time we address the project.

The Basics

For 10 weeks straight, the writers have been challenged to create a short story based on a pre-determined setting and theme. Each story will be posted here on this blog, and they will all be open to discussion, critique and assistance.

The Guidelines

Short stories, as decided by some random search result on Google, should be limited to 7,500 words. If you hit that cap, wow; however, don’t feel like you’ve missed the mark if you fall way short. 7,500 is the limit, not the goal.

Do your best to write these stories up with proper grammar, spelling and punctuation in mind. We’re not all career writers, so make sure you take it easy on those exhibiting mechanical problems. If they’re looking for grammatical help, lend it, otherwise be sure to focus on the content of their work.

The Themes

Week 1 | Setting: Post-apocalypse. Theme: Horror.

Week 2 | Setting: Suburbia. Theme: Myth.

Week 3 | Setting: Pirate. Theme: Occult revenge.

Week 4 | Setting: Alternate history. Theme: Romance.

Week 5 | Setting: Contemporary Metropolitan. Theme: Reality-is-a-dream.

Week 6 | Setting: Space opera. Theme: Fall from greatness.

Week 7 | Setting: World War II. Theme: Slice-of-life.

Week 8 | Setting: 1960s America. Theme: Substance abuse.

Week 9 | Setting: Science-fiction. Theme: Quest.

Week 10 | Setting: Utopia western. Theme: Race against time.

The Schedule

Week 1 starts on August 14th with the first story due on August 20th. Week 2 starts on August 21st and ends on August 27th. Rinse, repeat.

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