Prose Challenges
Here you will find writing prompts and competitions to help spark your imagination and guide your pen.
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Simon & Schuster is one of the world’s leading publishers and we are always looking for fresh new voices. Write a story, chapter, or essay about whatever you like. The 50 best entries will be announced by Prose and read by our editorial staff for consideration.
Created by SimonBooks
500-2k
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CotW #66: Write about the biggest lesson life has taught you.
Created by Prose
$100
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>200
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119
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The writer of the best short story from this challenge wins a ProWritingAid Lifetime License, worth $140. Take the terribly-written adverb-laden outline of a story below and use your own voice to make it amazing. Maybe it's sci-fi, maybe it's romance, maybe it's thriller...it's up to you: The door was opened and they looked out. She was very surprised. He looked very worried. They went quickly to find out more. She slowly picked up the object and it all finally made sense.
Created by ProWritingAid
400-600
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We are a literary agency seeking fresh talent. In 200 words or more, demonstrate your writing talent. We will be in touch with any and all promising participants throughout the rest of this quarter.
Created by InklingsAgency
>200
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473
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9
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It's record-breaking time. Together, we are going to break the world record for longest book. 100 word minimum. When this challenge gets the necessary entries, it will expire, and we will turn it into a book. Each entry will be its own chapter. The plot? It’s the first day of a zombie apocalypse, write a diary entry. Each contributor should share this challenge prompt with as many people as possible. If we break the world record, this will be read by people for generations to come.
Created by Prose
>100
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630
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9
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COMMUNITY CHALLENGES
Despite your best efforts you are still a total stranger to yourself and will someone please shut that damn dog up.
Created by MilesNowhere
>15
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Write about your favorite "hidden gem" and why that gem is so valuable to you. Read the description under details before posting please.
Created by damien_fidelore
>25
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0
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Imagine that your favorite character/s are stuck on an elevator, how would they react? what would they do? not only is this fun, but you can really expand your characters personalities by judging what they would do in this situation. it can be an original character or someone elses, have fun.
Created by booklover70651
>100
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0
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I want to see the scariest short story you can come up with. Imagery is appreciated, Originality is expected.
Created by BelovedTerror
15-650
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0
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write the most beautiful prose with curse words.
Created by proseprose
>15
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0
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12
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Write one of those "contemperary poems" that make no sense at first, or are up to many different interpretations with many different meanings. Words can be jumbled, grammar can be forgotten about for the time being. Just write what's on your heart.
Created by Dream
>15
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Write one of those "contemperary poems" that make no sense at first, or are up to many different interpretations with many different meanings. Words can be jumbled, grammar can be forgotten about for the time being. Just write what's on your heart.
Created by Dream
>15
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1
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3
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Write a story about a character, without revealing anything about the character's appearence, name, or gender.
Created by G0alSt0ppr
>200
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0
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4
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You don't understand. I loved her that's why I had to kill her
Created by Sweedle
300-350
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1
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4
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Royalty.
Created by Jcat2022
15-1k
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0
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Day 599(no clue what day I'm really on): Define capsid without looking up the definition.
Created by Snowshoerabbit
15-50
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4
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"I'm known for running my mouth..."
Created by KenzieKat
15-1k
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0
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Write about insecurity or your own insecurities.
Created by QuinnyQuinn
20-200
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4
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Book Reviews For The Prosers....Pick a Book from the Prose Bookstore Then read the details for the challenge.
Created by RubyPond
15-300
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1
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Let's Spew Some Prolix Punk. Explore any 'punk' genre in poetry style. Let go the rules: anarchy baby! 01010011 01110000 01100101 01110111 00100000 01010000 01110010 01101111 01101100 01101001 01111000 00100000 01010000 01110101 01101110 01101011
Created by casteleijn
15-1.111k
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4
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Senpai notice me! Write a crazy, romantic, short poem about how you plan to get senpai to notice you.
Created by Harry_Situation
20-40
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The most feared creature in the galaxy returns in Alien: Covenant. For this challenge, write about being trapped somewhere with a hostile alien lurking about.
Created by Harry_Situation
30-3k
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Write a short story with only five sentences, and each sentence must have only five words.
Created by Harry_Situation
25
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36
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This is a time of darkness, a time of despair, a time of chaos. It is the end of days, where God turns a blind eye and the Hell is turned into a frozen wasteland. It is the time everyone fears. Your future depends on this moment. In 100 words or less, write about the most dreaded time of our lives... Finals Week! AAAAAAAHHH!
Created by Harry_Situation
15-100
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8
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Write about your journey as you came across a strange food sitting on a grocery store shelf that read, "Eat me."
Created by Rane
15-10k
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