I enjoy being a part of the WordPress community, as I have made many dear friends here and there is always something to do. I have managed to occupy my time writing in these writing contests and I will try to explain how these contests or challenges work. All of them start off with a prompt and this may be a prompt word or a prompt picture. Some contests have word limits and one contest has a character limit, but other contests do not have content restrictions. They are easy to join as long as you understand linking and the Blue Frog InLinkz code. If you do not understand how to link a post and you want to learn what a pingback is, then I suggest that you watch this tutorial here.
It is a vicious circle trying to keep up. Every day the Daily prompt hosted by Michelle Weber and then the week starts off with the Sunday Photo Fiction stories. Every Monday Manic Monday comes out which is hosted by Sandi Flip Flop. Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers by Priceless Joy is also on a Monday. The Twittering Tale by Kat Myrman comes out every Tuesday and I also host a Letter contest every Tuesday. Then One-Liner Wednesday by Linda G. Hill. The Thursday photo prompt is hosted by Sue Vincent and Rochelle Wisoff-Fields brings Friday Fictioneers. The week always ends with Stream of Consciousness Saturday by Linda G. Hill. Some other contests which I have never participated in, but my friend Sight enjoys are the 3 Line tales by Sonya and Ronovan writes a Haiku Challenge.
I started with the Daily prompt which is also called the Daily Post contest and this is a word prompt which runs every day. Use this link: https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/. I usually enter this contest every day and I never found any rules describing what is acceptable content. I have written many long posts, so I am sure that there are no word limits here. What I do is write a story and somewhere in that story I use the Word of the Day as a response to the prompt, however I have seen many posts where they never use this word. Before I publish my post, I select the word and then I link it to the Daily Post. Some skillful bloggers are able to include several days of the Daily prompt into the same post.
The Sunday Photo Fiction contest is published by Sunday Fiction and it is a photo prompt which has a 200 word limit. This contest gives you a new photo each week and you are supposed to mention the person who donated the photo. You should include the photo somewhere in your story and then you need to link your post using the Blue Frog InLinkz code.
Manic Monday is a word prompt contest. If you like music, this is fun because each week Sandi gives you a new song title and you take it from there with no word limits, however I did hear her say that she would prefer the posts were all under 400 words. Ping back your post to her contest, so others can read it.
Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers is another photo challenge where you are asked to credit the photographer who contributed the photo. It has a word limit between 75 – 175 words and you should indicate the number of words in your story at the end of your story. Each story should have a beginning, a middle, and an end and use the InLinkz Link-up (Blue Froggy button) to add your story.
The Twittering Tale by Kat Myrman will provide a photo prompt, and you are required to keep your character count to 140 or less. If you play then let her know in the comments section at the bottom of her post with a link to your tale.
I run a contest every Tuesday called the Letter Repetition Game, but so far I have only had four contestants. I think it is a fun contest and for the next week, The Letter is D, so this contest has only been run for 3 weeks so far. Who knows, maybe I will eventually get more contestants. The rules are on the top of this contest. New rules are in place now, so you can make as many comments as you desire.
One-Liner Wednesday is one of my favorite contests and of course a one liner is just one sentence, but it could be any sentence. Then you write a story about the one-liner that you chose and it would be good if you made this story either funny or inspirational. If you like you can use the unique tag #1linerWeds in the title of your post. You can also include that picture of the birds sitting on the wire which is a very cool badge and it can get your post some extra exposure! Make sure that you include a pingback, just copy the URL in the address bar on the One-Liner Wednesday post, and paste it somewhere in the body of your post.
Thursday photo prompt is of course a photo challenge where you get a new photo every week to write a story about. I don’t think that there are any word count limits, but you should include the photo somewhere in your post and then you need to link back to the Thursday photo prompt post with a pingback.
Friday Fictioneers is also a photo challenge that features a Genre of Realistic Fiction and you are asked to keep your Word Count at 100 words or less. Here again you will use the InLinkz Link-up (Blue Froggy button) to add your story.
Stream of Consciousness Saturday is a word prompt challenge and last week it featured two words where extra points were issued for using both words. Your post can be as long or as short as you want it to be. One sentence up to one thousand words. Fact, fiction or poetry, it doesn’t matter. Somewhere in your post you should write “This post is part of SoCS:” and then copy and paste the URL found in the Stream of Consciousness Saturday address bar into your post.