Monday, May 25, 2015

Monday's Minute Challenge: Writing Prompt Contest For Teens & Up!

A quick writing challenge (and contest) to help get your creative juices flowing for the new week.

  1. The entry must be between 150 - 300 words. (In order to see how many words your entry is, write it in Microsoft Word, or you can copy and paste it here.)
  2. The deadline for the contest will be the Thursday after next. 
  3. The winners will receive a badge for their blog, as well as extra points (see the point system below).
  4. The winner will be chosen based on the judges's preferences, as well as the following questions: Does this entry capture my attention immediately? Does it make me want to continue reading? Is the writing clear? They will also take into consideration the writer's voice and style--not necessarily technical issues, such as grammar, punctuation, etc. 
  5. This is only for fun and to stretch your writing muscles--not necessarily to be taken too seriously. =)

Since the point system has caused a bit of confusion recently, I have decided to take a different approach.

From now on, I will host a monthly giveaway, and one winner will be announced every four weeks. 

Keep in mind that you are in charge of your points from now on. If you win a contest, the only way that you will receive your points is by clicking the entry below. 

Also, if you have already liked my Facebook page, followed me on Twitter, etc. then make sure to click those entries as well in order to receive your points. 

a Rafflecopter giveaway


There will be one randomly-selected winner chosen from the above raffle each month. They will have the choice of receiving one of the following prizes:

  • A critique on of one of their MMC entries
  • A blog critique
  • A 300 - 600 word critique on your novel, short story, blog post, etc
  • The opportunity to judge one of the contests
  • A free ebook of PURPLE MOON
  • A special surprise sent to your mailbox (snail mail, not email)


The judge panel chooses these winners based on a point system (not to be confused with the point system mentioned above!).

Keep in mind that the judges are not aware of which entry belongs to which participant until after the judging is complete.

The entries that the judges thought were the most intriguing (based on rule #4) are ... 

Third place winner: 

I walked slowly into my Grandfather’s workshop. I didn’t know what I expected to find there. Maybe I thought I would find him sitting there in his old rolling stool secretly eating a large bowl of ice cream. Regardless of what I thought I would find, I didn’t find it.
The workshop was deathly quiet; there wasn’t a sound, not even off the mice that lived in the walls. The wooden floor creaked as I walked over to Grandfather’s stool. I lowered myself onto the stool and spun it around. Memories of sneaking into the workshop to spin on Grandfather’s stool flooded my mind. So did the laughter than came with it. I pushed those memories away. I didn’t happiness, not now, not ever.
I spun around on the stool again, listlessly. There was no point in anything I did. When the stool stop it’s slow spin I found myself sitting, facing the work table. The wooden stakes that we were decorating for Grandma’s garden lay on the table, unfinished. My eyes burned with unshed tears, but they didn’t come. They never would.
I stood up and moved towards the small shelf that held two carpentry books, and a bunch of CDs. I pulled down the CDs one by one, looking at all the songs we used to listen too while we work. I found one that I hadn’t seen before. The cover didn’t say what album it was, it was just a white piece of paper with my name on it in bold red letters; Breanne. I opened up the case and looked to see what was inside. There wasn’t anything special inside it, just a CD that had just six words on it. ‘This is everything I didn’t say’.
Congratulations, Mary B! Click here for your badgeand don't forget to claim your points here. =) 

Second place winner: 

This is everything I didn’t say.

The angry words that never stung. The brave words that never stood up for anyone. The kind words that never comforted.

This is everything no one saw.

The invisible tears. The pain that sent my insides screaming…silently. The jeering, leering faces that surrounded me day and night.

This is everything that hurt me. Tore me apart. Ripped out my soul.

Isn’t it odd to exist but be extinct? To live yet die every single, dreadful day? To be an empty shell yet crave something more?

This is everything you should know.

Take this home and listen. Listen and learn, learn to listen, listen to learn. I don’t mind repeating myself. Someone is finally listening.

This is everything that was never a part of my legacy.

Pushed down. Crushed. Broken.

That’s what I was.

Until you came along.

Until you sat down and listened.
Congratulations, AnnaMarieClick here for your badge, and don't forget to claim your points here. =)

First place winner: 

     Serena smiled and leaned back in her chair. From her seat on the porch she watched the fireflies dance. Owls hooted and stars twinkled brightly overhead. It was hot outside, but there was a cool breeze. It was nice here in the middle of nowhere.
As she leaned over to retrieve the glass of water next to her chair, a movement in the woods caught her eye. Star’s probably out again, Serena thought, rolling her eyes. That dog had escaped more times than she could count. No doubt chasing fireflies, though she usually isn’t this quiet.
She stood, stretched, and reached through the screen door to get her dad’s flashlight. “Aunt Kira, I think Star’s loose again. I’m gonna go get her.” she called, before remembering that she was at a meeting.
She slipped on her sandals and made her way across the lawn.
“Star...” Serena called softly. “Here, girl...”
She stopped at the spot where she had seen the movement. A large manilla envelope was lying on the ground. On the front, her name was written in her best friend’s handwriting. Puzzled, Serena picked it up and opened it. Something shiny slid out and tumbled to the ground, landing in the puddle of light from her flashlight.
“‘This is everything I didn’t say’?” Serena read. Despite the heat, she felt a shiver go through her at the words on the CD.
She bent to pick it up, but just as her fingers closed around the edge, she heard Dylan shout “Serena! Run! Take the disc and-”
He never finished. There was a yell, and Serena clutched the disc, running as if her life depended on it. Maybe it did. The thought ran through her head, propelling her faster.
Finally she stopped, out of breath and completely lost.
Now what?
Congratulations, Sierra! Click here for your badge, and don't forget to claim your points here. =)

Honorable Recognitions

These winners will receive a badge, as well as 2 extra points:
  1. Maddie
  2. Rebekah B

Thanks so much to everyone who participated! 

Thanks so much to everyone who participated!

  • Submit your response in the comments below, or post it on your blog via InLink (below -- you will receive 2 extra points!). 
  • Your response should range between 150 - 300 words. 
  • The deadline for the contest will be the Thursday after next. 
  • If you'd rather not submit your post in the comments or on your blog, you may email it to me instead.

Choose at least one:

Note: You can always combine the prompts into one entry.

(Optional) Write a passage continuing your entry from last week week (or whichever week you'd prefer). If you can, try to continue it using one of the following prompts.
  • Write a passage using these items: sunflowers, spoons, tears (submitted by Rebekah B)
  • Write a passage based on this picture (submitted by Mary B)
  • Write a passage either incorporating this phrase OR based on this phrase:  
    “This,” he said, sitting straighter, “was not part of the plan.” (submitted by Maddie)
*If your prompt was selected, be sure to claim your points here

Post your entry on your blog!:

If you're posting your entry on your blog (+2 points), please add your link below rather than in the comments. And don't forget to claim your points here!

Submit your prompt idea!:

The prompts that are used for Monday's Minute Challenge are submitted by the participants. Here's how this works:
  • You will be able to submit 3 prompts each week in the same format as above: three objects, one picture, and a piece of dialogue or phrase.
  • On Mondays, I will choose 3 prompts that have been submitted by 3 different people.
  • If your prompt is selected, you will receive 2 points!
  • You may submit in the comments below.

Current Judge Panel:

post signature


  1. Phrase Prompt: She smirked. "Oh, you know us. We don't do happy."
    Item Prompt: Cape, ribbon, clay.
    Picture Prompt:

  2. Word prompt: curtain, drink, message
    Phrase prompt: She was like a rose, deceptively beautiful, until someone got close enough to be pricked.
    Picture prompt:

  3. Very thanks. A lot of my favorites! law Essay

  4. Phrase Prompt: Things used to be different...a long time ago, everything had been different then.
    Picture Prompt:
    Words Prompt: Dance, Scream, Punch (as in the drink)

  5. Phrase prompt: "I keep myself to myself thank you very much"
    Picture prompt:
    Words Prompt: Freckles, Clouds, Opaque

  6. Carrie lie by the sunflowers, crying, the sun flowers that protected IT, The stone.
    Tears dripped off of her cheek slowly, one, by one landing by the little stone.
    The little stone that covered the one person that had ever loved her, the person that she had left. Left.
    All because of selfish desires. Desires that would never satisfie.
    Because of HIM, He that said she would succeed. Lies. All Lies she was the biggest failure Ever.
    Suddenly there was a shadow and a silver object landed near by her.
    She stood up and touched it.
    It was spoons, puzzled she picked them up, a few words were etched on the back, she held it up too the light.
    And read,
    "My Dear Carrie,
    These Are yours.
    Your Mother"

  7. Very cool, great post. Enjoy the day, dear.

    I invite you to join my international Banggood giveaway!!

    My last post | Bloglovin



Thanks for stopping by my blog!