Top 10 Challenges

So, we're going to do this challenge a little differently. :-) The way this challenge works is that on every Sunday for the next six weeks, a one word prompt is posted. You then have through Saturday to write a fic at least 500 words based on that prompt, and e-mail it to TycheSong@gmail.com.

The following Sunday, all the stories entered will be posted, a new prompt will be released, and the voting will start on the previous week. You can join in any week you like, and sit out any week you like. Points will be awarded thus:

4 points--just for participating in any given week.
3 points--for coming in first any given week.
2 points--for coming in second any given week.
1 point--for coming in third any given week.

2 bonus points--for including an optional situation provided with the prompt.

The writer with the most points at the end of six weeks takes home the winner's banner. :-)

PLEASE READ THE RULES--THEY ARE IMPORTANT.

1) When submitting a fic to any week, you must e-mail it to TycheSong@gmail.com as either a .docx or a .odt document. Do not post it yourself, as they are all being posted anonymously at once.

2) You must submit before midnight pacific time on the Saturday of each week. There are no extensions, no exceptions. Otherwise the whole challenge will get thrown off.

3) Please do not cross post on another site or reveal which story is yours until the whole challenge is over.

4) You do NOT have to sign up. If you'd like to join in, just submit that week, if you want to sit out a week, you do not need to inform me.

5) When submitting, please fill out the provided header below and put it at the top of the document.


Title:
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Rating:
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Ladies and Gents of The Maple Bookshelf, I, TycheSong, challenge you
thusly:
A one shot challenge to celebrate the beginnings of our lovely new home. To
get this challenge running, we need at least ten entrants, so I implore
you to give it a try!

The Parameters of the Challenge:

   - It must be a one-shot (that means ONE chapter). You may add and expand
   it into a chaptered story once the challenge is over, but it must be
   complete and able to stand individually in its original one chapter.
   - It must be between 500 and 10,000 words long.
   - It must be complete and submitted by July 31st-- Harry Potter's 32nd
   Birthday. This gives you a month, guys, plenty of time!

Choose a fandom, characters, and rating of your choice and use one of the
following prompts:

   1. "_____'s really hit the ground running!"
   2. "They grow up so fast, it's a wonder we don't notice sooner."
   3. "Look I know you can't always believe rumors, but you have an actual
   skeleton in your closet!!"
   4. "Oh, Stop it. You're not supposed to wallow on your birthday until
   you're at least 150."
   5. "Did you know you're holding a kitten?"
   6. "...and it exploded."

If you would like to sign up for this challenge, please e-mail your interest to TycheSong@hotmail.com with the subject heading "Off With a BANG."

  Happy Writing, All!

Amazing banners by the fabulous Roo!

Categories: Fanfiction, Original , Satire Characters: None

Upload to a new fandom / category (one with no other uploads in it) and get a shiny silver kitten badge.   Upload the most, get a silver kitty and rainbow kitty.   Let the admin know if you're uploading for it.

Can be a new story or not, but must be up to standard.  Any original story with new characters, nonfiction in a new subcategory, ebook listings, musings, and graphic novels for new fandoms can all earn silver kittens too. If you're unsure if your upload is going to fit, ask us.

Silver kitten badges are said " to yield great power just like their golden brethren, such as being able to allow one to devour 100 additional calories in the summer months without gaining pounds, or helping writers to hold shinies in higher-than-normal shiny regard."

Categories: Fanfiction, Original , Poetry, Nonfiction, Graphic Novel, Satire, ebooks Characters: None

Ladies and Gents (and Other) of The Maple Bookshelf, I, TycheSong, challenge you thusly:
Write and exchange fic-gifts based on each other’s prompts!

How it works: When you sign up, you’ll be submitting a prompt for a fic you would like to receive for Christmas. On 15 November, you’ll be receiving a prompt from one of the other entrants. You then have six weeks to write a fic based on that prompt for them. At the end of the challenge everyone who entered a prompt should be getting a fic back from someone else!

The prompt exchange will be done by random drawing out of a hat. Writer pairing squicks will be taken into account after the initial drawing and the prompt distribution rearranged accordingly.

The Parameters of the Challenge:

- To participate you must sign up by 14 November 2012. We will be accepting stragglers and finding prompts for them, too, but there will be fewer options to choose from and you may not get as ideal a match.
- If you submit a prompt to be written, you are signing up to write a fic in return. Do not request a fic and then bail on the person waiting on one from you, please.
- The story you write must be based on the prompt you receive.
- The story must be completed by 31 December 2012. This gives you six full weeks to write the fic!
- Keep your prompts reasonable, please, and open enough to be creative with.
- The fic must be at least 1,000 words, and can be as long as you like!
- The prompts and the fics do not have to be Christmas/Holiday themed (but it is encouraged!).
- You may not request a specific author to write for or to receive your prompt.
- This is a Secret Santa gift exchange, and is anonymous. Please do not ruin the surprise! Do not tell people whose prompt you received or post your gift fic under your screen name on any site before the big reveal.

How To Enter:
Fill out the template below, and e-mail it to TycheSong@hotmail.com or TycheSong@gmail.com with the subject heading “Gift Exchange.” If you have any questions about this challenge, need a prompt clarification or an extension for whatever reason, please e-mail me at the same addresses and we will work it out. :-) Thanks, and happy writing! –Tyche

My TMB Screen Name:
My E-mail: (That I don’t mind another member having)

My Prompt:
The Pairing(s) I Like:
(Please offer from two to five options to choose from)
My Must Haves: (Gotta have it in your fic? Be sure to let your Santa know!)
My Squicks: (Does that quality/ character/rating totally make you cringe? Be sure to mention it!)

Pairings I Prefer to Write:
Pairings I Absolutely Will Not Write:
My Writing Squicks:
(So you don’t get matched up with someone who “Must Have” this)

 

The official challenge banner, by the fantastic AnneM!

 

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Tyche's Monthly Challenge: The Secret Santa Fic Gift Exchange!

Ladies and Gents (and Other) of The Maple Bookshelf, I, TycheSong, challenge you thusly:
Write and exchange fic-gifts based on each other’s prompts!

How it works: When you sign up, you’ll be submitting a prompt for a fic you would like to receive for Christmas. On 15 November, you’ll be receiving a prompt from one of the other entrants. You then have six weeks to write a fic based on that prompt for them. At the end of the challenge everyone who entered a prompt should be getting a fic back from someone else!

The prompt exchange will be done by random drawing out of a hat. Writer pairing squicks will be taken into account after the initial drawing and the prompt distribution rearranged accordingly.

The Parameters of the Challenge:

- To participate you must sign up by 14 November 2013.
- If you submit a prompt to be written, you are signing up to write a fic in return. Do not request a fic and then bail on the person waiting on one from you, please.
- The story you write must be based on the prompt you receive.
- The story must be completed by 31 December 2013. This gives you six full weeks to write the fic!
- Keep your prompts reasonable, please, and open enough to be creative with.
- The fic must be at least 1,000 words, and can be as long as you like!
- The prompts and the fics do not have to be Christmas/Holiday themed (but it is encouraged!).
- You may not request a specific author to write for or to receive your prompt.
- This is a Secret Santa gift exchange, and is anonymous. Please do not ruin the surprise! Do not tell people whose prompt you received or post your gift fic under your screen name on any site before the big reveal.

How To Enter:
Fill out the template below, and e-mail it to TycheSong@hotmail.com or TycheSong@gmail.com with the subject heading “Gift Exchange.” If you have any questions about this challenge, need a prompt clarification or an extension for whatever reason, please e-mail me at the same addresses and we will work it out. :-) Thanks, and happy writing! –Tyche

My TMB Screen Name:
My E-mail: (That I don’t mind another member having)

My Prompt:
The Pairing(s) I Like:
(Please offer from two to five options to choose from)
My Must Haves: (Gotta have it in your fic? Be sure to let your Santa know!)
My Squicks: (Does that quality/ character/rating totally make you cringe? Be sure to mention it!)

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Tyche's Monthly Challenge: ...It's Hot in Here!
(A Team Challenge For Both Writers and Artists)

Ladies and Gents (and Other) of The Maple Bookshelf, I, TycheSong, challenge you thusly:
Write a fic in conjunction with at least one other writer, and and/or artist! The more who enter the merrier, and more exciting the fics will be!

The Parameters of the Challenge

- You MUST sign up by 14 August 2012. On the fifteenth, you will receive your teammate's names/e-mails and may begin. If you do not sign up in time, I cannot guarantee that there will be a spot for you!
- You will be teamed up based on the fandom you specify. These ARE your teammates, and that is part of the challenge; so no swapping and trading behind the scenes.
- This Challenge will be anonymous until after the voting, so once you get your teammates names/emails and story idea, mums the word! (obvious exceptions include your betas)
- Once you have your teammate's e-mails, you have until 31 August to write a story collaboratively. You can each have a different character POV, trade off chapters, or combine author efforts in anyway you like, but the deadline is the end of the month, and your story must be complete at that time. :-)
- Once you have completed your story, you may post it under your team's account (you will receive your password and account name along with your other team information on the fifteenth).
- You MAY sign up twice, once as a writer and once as an artist. If you do so, you will be assigned to two separate teams.


The Challenge Prompts:
You may quote these directly or merely use them to inspire, as you prefer.
1. "We become sad in the first place because we have nothing to do." (Hermon Melville)
2. "Holding her breath, she hid in the closet, and desperately hoped that just this once fate would cut her a break."
3. "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns something he can learn no other way." (Mark Twain)
4. "He knew the kiss would ruin absolutely everything, but he couldn't seem to help himself."
5. "Common sense is not so common." (Voltaire)
6.  "I did join the dark side, and would you know it? They weren't lying about the cookies. ______ is an amazing pastry chef."


To Enter:
Please fill out the below form and e-mail to either TycheSong@Hotmail.com or TycheSong@Gmail.com

My TMB ScreenName:
My Email: (That I don't mind my teammates having)
I wish to enter as: (Writer or Artist?)
My Preferred Fandom:

Team Banners by the incredible SusanMarieR!!

 

Categories: Fanfiction Characters: None

Tyche's Monthly Challenge: Oktoberfest!

Ladies and Gents (and Other) of The Maple Bookshelf, I, TycheSong, challenge you thusly:
In honour of our esteemed fearless leader, the closing of the Northern Hemisphere’s summer months, and the anniversary of King Ludwig I marriage to Princess Therese in 1810…write a story that takes place during Munich’s famed Wiesn (“Oktoberfest”).


The Parameters of the Challenge

- The story must be at least 1000 words, and can be as long as you like.
- This challenge story can be fan-fic OR original!
- It MUST be a completed and posted story by 30 September. You are, as always, free to add to it after or write sequels, but the story must be readable as a complete work by the due date.
- We are, once again, attempting to keep the stories anonymous. To this end I ask that you please inform me of your participation so that I can send you the correct information that you need to post.

The Challenge Prompts:

1. “Wait a moment…You’re still not drunk yet? It’s four-o-clock. What have you been doing all day?”
2. “I am not dressing up in lederhosen. Not for the parade, not for pictures, not even for you. Well...maybe for you. You have to say please, though.”
3. “Why do you always like me when you’ve been drinking, and then turn back into a harpy when you’re not?”
4. “You’re a doctor? But…I thought you were a bartender...”
5. “That’s not her cat, actually. It’s the Märzen. It always makes _______ think (s)he knows how to yodel…”
6. “Wiesn, not Wien! Idiot. That’s a city. In Austria. Where did you say you are you from?”

To sign up or if you have any questions, please e-mail me at TycheSong@hotmail.com or TycheSong@gmail.com with the subject heading “September Challenge.” Don’t forget to include your TMB screen name, otherwise I may not recognize you! Happy writing!

Official banner for you to use brought to you by the talented and lovely Savva!

Categories: Fanfiction, Original Characters: None

Happy Birthday, Tyche! Challenge

Ladies and Gents (and Other) of The Maple Bookshelf, I, TycheSong, challenge you thusly:
It’s my birthday today (01 January 2013). So I challenge you to write either
1) a rare-pair from Harry Potter, or
2) any pairing at all from one of my other favourite fandoms!

The Parameters of the Challenge:

-The story must be completed by 31 January, 2013. You are, as always, free to add to it afterwards or write a sequel, but the entry must readable as a complete story by the end of the month.
- The story must be at least 1,000 words, and can be as long as you like!
- The story must be from one of the following fandoms: Firefly, Dr. Who, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Labyrinth, Veronica Mars or Harry Potter. If you have another fandom in mind, don't hesitate to run it by me, chances are, I'll say yes despite this silly rule.
- Special gold star if you write a fandom new to you or a crossover!
- Should you choose to write in the Harry Potter ’Verse, it must be a rare-pair. Furthermore, Pansy Parkinson and Lord Voldemort do not get to have speaking roles. Because it’s my birthday and I say so.
- You do not have to officially sign up, just join in, and let an admin know that you want your finished story added to the challenge.
-Pick a prompt, any prompt, and away you go!

The Challenge Prompts:
(You do not have to follow them exactly)

1) She barely heard the crowd around them counting down as they kissed.
2) “I don’t care if you are only twenty-eight. You have five cats. I’m saving you from spinsterhood.”
3) “Give me that. Champagne is not a food group.”
4) He loved the song Auld Lang Syne; it always felt like coming home.
5) “I don’t care if it was wrong. You were perfect; we were perfect. It didn’t matter if we weren’t supposed to be.”
6) It was a beautiful disaster in the way that only weddings really can be.

Banner brought to you by the marvelous SusanMarieR.

 

Categories: Fanfiction Characters: None

 

Ladies and Gents (and Other) of The Maple Bookshelf, I, TycheSong, challenge you thusly:
Utilize your knowledge of classic facepalm and headdesk worthy tropes and clichés to write (or parody) your very own classic romance, complete with MarySue (or GaryStu).


The Parameters of the Challenge

- The story must be at least 1000 words, and can be as long as you like.
- This challenge story can be fan-fic OR original!
- It MUST be a completed and posted story by 28 February. You are, as always, free to add to it after or write sequels, but the story must be readable as a complete work by the due date.
- You are not required to include lemons, but they are highly encouraged. This is a classic tropish romance, after all. Bosoms should heave and bodices be ripped accordingly. :-)
- You must have a Romance trope-worthy title (ie The Barbarian’s Captive, To Tame a Dark Lord, etc)
- Please continue to use proper SPaG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar). Just because this is a trope is no reason to slide the standard. They are tropes because they (allegedly) work! Trope and Parody are NOT synonymous with troll-fic or poorly written.
- On a similar note, please keep your Mary Sue in check. Don’t let her run the fic or make your readers want to strangle her too badly.
- You are welcome to join at any time during the month of February, but please sign up so that the admins know you plan to participate and can add your fic accordingly when you post. :-)
- Not your cup of tea? Head over to the forums and play with the February monthly prompts instead. :-)

The Challenge Prompts/Examples:
(These are some of the most “classic” plot tropes in both fan-fiction and original work, you do NOT have to use one of them)

1. Enemies due to family…and one of the main characters abducts the other.
2. Heroine falls for the lowly servant-who-is-really-the-Lord in disguise.
3. Marriage Law or Marriage of Convenience.
4. Time Travel (forward or back)
5. Best Friend’s Little Sister
6. Sham Betrothal Turned Real
7. Unexpected or Secret Pregnancy
8. Student/Teacher (or) Boss/Secretary etc.

To sign up, please e-mail me at TycheSong@hotmail.com or TycheSong@gmail.com with the subject heading “February Challenge.” Don’t forget to include your TMB screen name, otherwise I may not recognize you! Happy writing!

Hilariously appropriate banner by the fantastic LadyStiff!

 

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Ladies and Gents (and Other) of The Maple Bookshelf, I, TycheSong, challenge you thusly:

Write me a story in the classic fairy tale style—feel free to draw inspiration from the Brothers Grimm, Hans Christian Anderson, or whoever your favourite fairy tale writer is!


The Parameters of the Challenge

- The story must be at least 1000 words, and can be as long as you like.
- This entry can be fan-fic based or original!
- It MUST be a completed and posted story by 30 March. You are, as always, free to add to it after or write sequels, but the story must be readable as a complete work by the due date.
- Per the poll, these stories will be posted anonymously, so please do not post your entries on other websites or give the secret away until after the voting is complete! Your beta is the only person exempt from this rule.
- Because they are going to be posted anonymously, you must sign up for this challenge in order to participate! Once you have officially signed up, you will receive an e-mail explaining how to post.
- Your story must begin with ‘Once upon a time,’ followed by one of the prompts. It may end as happily or as darkly as you like!


The Challenge Prompts:
1. There was a magical mirror…
2. In a kingdom ruled by…
3. There was an ordinary ______ with an extraordinary destiny…
4. A white hart was seen in the wood…
5. A witch was blamed for a crime she did not commit…
6. There was a ______ who could grant wishes…

To sign up or ask questions, please e-mail me at TycheSong@hotmail.com or TycheSong@gmail.com with the subject heading “March Challenge.” You MUST do this to enter, otherwise you may not get a response e-mail with posting information. Please do not just shout or instant message. Don’t forget to include your TMB screen name, otherwise I may not recognize you! Happy writing!

 

 

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