#BlogBattle 16: April 25th “Garden” Entries & Voting

Hello! Welcome to Blog Battle, a weekly writing prompt competition! If you haven’t already, check out the rules (more like instructions on how to participate & have fun).

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Winning story for the week will earn this badge! 🙂 BUT that’s not all! One of our talented authors, Cathleen Townsend, has kindly offered her time, experience, and expertise to help make that winning story even better by giving the winner a free critique. If your story wins you can contact Cathleen by clicking here. She’s tough but kind!

**Last Week’s Winner: The Bribe and the Bargain by Mark Templar**

Congrats, Mark, and welcome to the battles! 🙂

Post your story to your blog any time on Tuesday until Midnight PST (there is a grace period into Weds morning, so just let me know if you are late getting it done). Throughout the course of the day, we’ll add the links (to your blog w/story title) here.

This Week’s Story WORD theme: Garden

**FROM NOW ON: The Suggested GENRE is encouraged but NOT required**

This Week’s Suggested Story GENRE Style: Fantasy

*Suggested Subcategory: Fable. VISIT THE GENRE PAGE OF BLOG BATTLE TO SEE IF THE GENRE HAS ANY SUBCATEGORIES TO GIVE YOU AN EXTRA CHALLENGE

STORIES:

When the Grass is Greener by Rachael Ritchey


PS If I’m missing your story, just leave me a comment to let me know!

POLL WILL BE HERE WEDNESDAY

Read all the stories & PLEASE VOTE for your top THREE favorites (not all for the same, though!).


Click here for the Instructions for Participation!


To find out the next battle info click THEME & GENRE on the main menu


You have until the next Monday at midnight EST (9 PM PST / 5 AM GMT Tues) to read the submitted stories & vote for your top three. Please consider the expert use of the theme word when choosing.

Words & Genres for May 2017 Battles

 

Here are the THEME WORDS and suggested genres for May!

May 2nd

  • THEME WORD: Headphones
  • GENRE: Fantasy
    • Fantasy – fiction with strange or otherworldly settings or characters; fiction which invites suspension of reality
    • Please visit the BATTLE GENRE page for a full list of subcategories.
    • Challenge yourself! Try something new. 🙂
    • This Week’s Suggestion: Magical realism  – story where magical or unreal elements play a natural part in an otherwise realistic environment

May 9th

  • THEME WORD: Splash
  • GENRE: Suspense/Thriller
    • Suspense/thriller – fiction about harm about to befall a person or group and the attempts made to evade the harm
      • A subcategory option: Horror – fiction in which events evoke a feeling of dread and sometimes fear in both the characters and the reader (no graphic content, please)

May 16th

  • THEME WORD: Disobedience
  • GENRE: FREE CHOICE
    • For ideas, visit the BATTLE GENRE page for a full list of subcategories.
    • Challenge yourself! Try something new. 🙂

May 23th

  • THEME WORD: Restraint
  • GENRE: Historical Fiction
    • Historical fiction – story with fictional characters and events in a historical setting
      • Suggested Subcategory: Western is a subcategory option for this genre.

May 30th

  • THEME WORD: Ruse
  • GENRE: Science Fiction
    • Science fiction – story based on impact of actual, imagined, or potential science, usually set in the future or on other planets
    • Suggested challenge: Make up your own planet and physical rules. Put your MC in the middle of terrible trouble.

Write a(n approximately) 1000 word or less story using this theme word and genre. And post it to your blog on Tuesday with a link (use this short link if that helps: SHORT LINK HERE) back to this post!

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IN THE MEANTIME, don’t miss out on the current battle by clicking here:

Battle Entries

#BlogBattle 15: April 18th “Bribery” Entries & Voting

Hello! Welcome to Blog Battle, a weekly writing prompt competition! If you haven’t already, check out the rules (more like instructions on how to participate & have fun).

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Winning story for the week will earn this badge! 🙂 BUT that’s not all! One of our talented authors, Cathleen Townsend, has kindly offered her time, experience, and expertise to help make that winning story even better by giving the winner a free critique. If your story wins you can contact Cathleen by clicking here. She’s tough but kind!

**Last Week’s Winner:  Cool Customer by The Urban Spaceman**

Post your story to your blog any time on Tuesday until Midnight PST (there is a grace period into Weds morning, so just let me know if you are late getting it done). Throughout the course of the day, we’ll add the links (to your blog w/story title) here.

This Week’s Story WORD theme: Bribery

This week’s Story GENRE style: FREE CHOICE


STORIES:

**The Bribe and the Bargain by Mark Templar

Whispers by The Urban Spaceman

Healing by Phoenix Grey

One Reason to Smile by Rachael Ritchey

A Calculating Man by David Williamson

Of Coming Home by Beaton M.


PS If I’m missing your story, just leave me a comment to let me know!

Read all the stories & PLEASE VOTE for your top 3 favorites.


Click here for the Instructions for Participation!


To find out the next battle info click THEME & GENRE on the main menu


You have until the next Monday at midnight EST (9 PM PST / 5 AM GMT Tues) to read the submitted stories & vote for your top three. Please consider the expert use of the theme word when choosing.

#BlogBattle 14: April 11th “Pirate” Entries & Voting

Hello! Welcome to Blog Battle, a weekly writing prompt competition! If you haven’t already, check out the rules (more like instructions on how to participate & have fun).

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Winning story for the week will earn this badge! 🙂 BUT that’s not all! One of our talented authors, Cathleen Townsend, has kindly offered her time, experience, and expertise to help make that winning story even better by giving the winner a free critique. If your story wins you can contact Cathleen by clicking here. She’s tough but kind!

**Last Week’s Winner: Silhouette by Carl Bystrom**

Post your story to your blog any time on Tuesday until Midnight PST (there is a grace period into Weds morning, so just let me know if you are late getting it done). Throughout the course of the day, we’ll add the links (to your blog w/story title) here.

This Week’s Story WORD theme: Pirate

This week’s Story GENRE style: Crime/Detective/Mystery


STORIES:

 Cool Customer by The Urban Spaceman

A Quiet Beat by Carl Bystrom

Downloading on the Down-low by David Williamson

Wrongfully Accused by Rachael Ritchey


PS If I’m missing your story, just leave me a comment to let me know!

Read all the stories & PLEASE VOTE for your favorite.

Click here for the Instructions for Participation!


To find out the next battle info click THEME & GENRE on the main menu


You have until the next Monday at midnight EST (9 PM PST / 5 AM GMT Tues) to read the submitted stories & vote for your top three. Please consider the expert use of the theme word when choosing.

#BlogBattle 13: April 4th “Surfer” Entries & Voting

Hello! Welcome to Blog Battle, a weekly writing prompt competition! If you haven’t already, check out the rules (more like instructions on how to participate & have fun).

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Winning story for the week will earn this badge! 🙂 BUT that’s not all! One of our talented authors, Cathleen Townsend, has kindly offered her time, experience, and expertise to help make that winning story even better by giving the winner a free critique. If your story wins you can contact Cathleen by clicking here. She’s tough but kind!

**WE HAVE A TIE! Last Week’s voting was very close all across the board (except mine, which got one very kind vote, thank you 🙂 ), but we had a tie between these two:

My Life’s Work by David Williamson & World Views by Carl Bystrom

Congrats, gentlemen!

Post your story to your blog any time on Tuesday until Midnight PST (there is a grace period into Weds morning, so just let me know if you are late getting it done). Throughout the course of the day, we’ll add the links (to your blog w/story title) here.

This Week’s Story WORD theme: Surfer

This week’s Story GENRE style: Fantasy

*Suggest subcategory: Legend. VISIT THE GENRE PAGE OF BLOG BATTLE TO SEE IF THE GENRE HAS ANY SUBCATEGORIES TO GIVE YOU AN EXTRA CHALLENGE

STORIES:

Mermaid Murder Mystery by Rachael Ritchey

Silhouette by Carl Bystrom

Firewall by Urban Spaceman


PS If I’m missing your story, just leave me a comment to let me know!

Read the stories & PLEASE VOTE for your favorite.


Click here for the Instructions for Participation!


To find out the next battle info click THEME & GENRE on the main menu


You have until the next Monday at midnight EST (9 PM PST / 5 AM GMT Tues) to read the submitted stories & vote for your top three. Please consider the expert use of the theme word when choosing.