Writing Challenges

Writing challenges help you push your writing boundaries and explore new ideas, subjects, and styles.

We’re no longer publishing new writing prompts, but hope you find inspiration in the hundreds already in our archives.

Ice, Water, Steam

For this week’s writing challenge, take on the theme of H2O. What does it mean to be the same thing, in different forms?

Digging for Roots

In this week’s Weekly Writing Challenge, tell us about what makes you, you.


This week’s writing challenge revolves around my favorite inspiration: eavesdropping.


Food evokes all the senses: the scent of pastry baking, the sound of a fork clinking on a plate… This week, make our mouths water with stories about pie.

Oh, The Irony

This week’s challenge explores one of the oldest — and trickiest — literary devices.

The Butterfly Effect

The idea that everything is connected becomes most interesting when applied to ourselves. For this week’s writing challenge, tell us about your own Butterfly Effect.

Genre Blender

Pick a genre from column A, a style from column B, and blend to create your own delightful concoction. (Tiny paper umbrellas optional.)


For this week’s challenge, let someone else do the talking.