Genres & Words: Your Help is Invaluable

Two things today!

First Order of Business

We said the voting for Genre Reduction would be open for a week, but we already had such a great response and wonderful feedback that we decided to cut it short. Thank you for all your thoughts and votes, everyone!

If after this post you feel like your voice has not been heard, please contact Rachael by email:

Sooooooo! We are NOT eliminating any of the current genres (more like specific sub genres), but we ARE rearranging them into categories and subcategories, so that now we only have eight genres:

  1. Crime/detective 
  2. Fan fiction 
  3. Fantasy
  4. Historical fiction
  5. Humor
  6. Realistic fiction 
  7. Science fiction
  8. Suspense/thriller

This means that when a genre is given, it will sometimes also include a suggested subcategory (as listed here on the Battle Genres Page).

Please check out the Battle Genres page! You’ll get a good idea of what’s available in subcategories.

We really want you to challenge yourself to step out and try something new!

There is no problem with adding other genre styles within the main weekly genre theme, but try to stay true to the given weekly one.

Okay, so let’s keep this as uncomplicated as possible and just have fun doing what writers love to do: write. 🙂

Second Order of Business

We are in need of more RANDOM WORDS to get us through the end of the year! 🙂

Please share as many as five words at random in the comments. Make them anything you’d like to see incorporated into a weekly battle.

🙂 Thanks for being a part of the fun!


4 Ways Longshot Island Helps Emerging Authors

Hello, my fellow battlers! Our own Cathleen Townsend has shared some info on a great resource for writers who wish to submit their work elsewhere.

We want to encourage all battle winners to consider submitting their winning Blog Battles short fiction stories (not serials) to Longshot Island.

If your winning story is part of one that has several parts but adds up to no more than 2,500 words, you should consider taking it to Longshot. Make sure you read the rest of this over on Cathleen’s blog.

And even if you haven’t won, you should still consider the possibility. Polish up those prose and take a gander. Thanks and have a great week!

Cathleen Townsend

Let’s face it–this writing gig is tough. We pour out our hearts on paper, and then we try to get people to read our words. And they’re already busy.


1) Longshot Island can help. I’ve known Daniel White, editor of Longshot Island, for a couple years now, and I can state that he has excellent taste and is absolutely trustworthy. If you submit, he won’t spam you with an author package on sale this week only. But he might publish your work, and that’s the first way they can help us. We all need publications, and Longshot Island has already featured one of my short stories (, so it’s not like you have to be famous to be considered.

My tale happens to be fantasy, but that’s not the only genre they consider. To quote from their site: “We are looking for mainstream fiction. We want stories that…

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#BlogBattle 64 “Flavo(u)r” Entries & Voting

***SO, in my crazy mind I’ve totally messed up the dates and stories should have been posted this week (7/12/16) on Tuesday, not last week! I am so sorry for the confusion. If you still want to add a “Flavour” story, please please feel free to do so now, and I’ll add it to the list before I even make the poll (which I still haven’t done yet!)***

Hey all! I’ve been super busy, but not in a bad way, except to say that my time with #BlogBattle has suffered a bit. But here in the US we just celebrated Independence Day, and I’m sure I’m not the only one who could use a little extra time to get my story posted for this week’s battle. That being said, we all get an extra 24 hours to post our stories! 🙂 Post your story before Midnight of Wednesday the 6th of July, and let us know it’s up so we can add it to the list.

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Battle 63’s “Hero” Winner is Missing by E. E. Rawls!  Don’t forget to add the battle winner badge to your story!

Now for Battle 64 “Flavor/Flavour” Stories!

 Post your story on your blog by 11:59 PM PST OF WEDNESDAY (THIS WEEK) with a link back to this post. I add them here throughout the day.

RULES for VOTING: Anyone can vote as long as you’ve read ALL the stories by 11:59 PM PST of the Monday before the next battle day. Vote for your TOP 3 favorites. Winner announced on the next Tuesday’s #BlogBattle entries post!




Science Fiction/Fantasy:





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

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

POLL WILL BE here on Tuesday July 19th.

Tuesday, July 26th Theme Will Be: BATHTUB

(Now, to give you a bit of creative inspiration, I’ll just mention “Hot Tub Time Machine” and let you think about that for a while. ;P ha!)


  1. 1500 words max (effective May 2016)
  2. fictional tale (or true if you really want)
  3. PG (no more than PG-13) Content – let’s keep this family friendly!
  4. Your story must contain the word(s) from the theme and/or be centered around the theme in a way that shows it is clearly related.
  5. State the Genre of your story at the top/bottom of your post.
  6. Post your stories on the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month, by 11:59 PM PST
  7. Go for the entertainment value!
  8. Put a link back to your #BlogBattle Short Story in the comments section, and/or include a link to a battle post (not a page) in your own blog post (it creates a “ping-back” which will alert me and our friends to your #BlogBattle post).
  9. Use the hashtag #BlogBattle when tweeting your story.
  10. Let us know if you have a Facebook author/writer page so we can LIKE it to stay connected.
  11. Have fun!

You have until the Monday prior to the Next Story Tuesday to read the submitted stories & vote for your top three. Please consider the expert use of the theme word when choosing.

#BlogBattle Reminder

There’s more time to read all the stories! 🙂

Rachael Ritchey

Hey Battlers! This is just a reminder of all the awesome changes to Blog Battle!

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You have a whole extra week to read the submitted stories from last week! And next week on Tuesday, May 10th we’ll post our next story (Duplicitous), reveal last battle’s winner, and find out the next word for May 24th. 🙂

Click here to read the battle stories for “Voice” and make your votes by Monday, May 9th.

Tweet your favorite stories, reblog what you like, share the love! 🙂

Last but not least, if you are a writer or reader make sure you go to the new

Blog Battle page

and click the “follow” button so you stay up to date on all the stories and battle events. As time permits I may add extra challenges on the off Tuesdays.

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