Summer-Themed Prompt Contest

Summer has so much to love. It’s a time of swimming and sunlight and fresh air; school is out, and worries are few. But it can also be miserable. This past week, where I live, to step outside was to boil.

So I thought I’d choose prompts that capture the magic of summer–and also the heat. Thanks, Lydia Jane, for crafting prompts that encompassed all of summer.

Laura E. and I had such a fun time reading through everyone’s entries. If you’re interested in reading them all, here are the prompt posts:

But I know what the main question is–who were the winners? Read on and you’ll find out.

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Fairy-Themed Prompt Contest

Who doesn’t love fairies? Whether the trickster fae or a sweet fairy godmother, these kinds of characters can be taken in so many ways. That’s why I chose it for the theme of my April contest!

This month, my co-judge was Shaina Merrick, a writer I met at Realm Makers 2019 who has become one of my dearest friends. My prompt creator, Lydia Jane, really outdid herself with the prompts this month. (I think the participants would agree with me.)

Can I just say thank you to everyone who participated? You really made my week, guys. The sheer amount of participants made judging difficult, but it was so worth it.

Here are the posts for this contest:

Now, onto the winners of the April Prompted Contest!

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Music-Themed Prompt Contest

Music can inspire such emotion. That’s why I made it the theme of my February Prompt Contest.

If you’re unfamiliar with my Prompted Contests, every other month, I post three different writing prompts (usually created by Lydia Jane) and ask people to write flash fiction stories based on them. My co-judge for this month’s contest was Kirsten Daniel, an amazing writer and violin teacher (and a dear friend of mine). There’s no one I’d rather have by my side while judging a Music-Themed Contest.

This contest didn’t have quite as much participation as the previous contests, but I think it was because I chose a terrible time of the month to do it. Valentine’s Day, gross weather, the works. But I’m still so excited about the entries. Here are the posts for this month’s contest:

Read on for the winners of the February 2021 Prompted Contest!

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Christmas-Themed Prompt Contest

Hold on, you say. Wasn’t there a Christmas-Themed Prompted Contest last year?

Yes, but we needed more Christmas cheer this year. After all, it is 2020. So I feel no regrets about using the same theme.

My co-judge for December 2020’s Prompted Contest was Marit Edwards-Ronning (@m.c.edwardsronning). You may remember her as my judge from May’s Light-Themed contest and as the winner of the Christmas contest last year. So I thought she would be a good judge for this year’s Christmas contest. 😉

Here are the various posts in which the contest took place.

Now for the winners!

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Autumn-Themed Prompt Contest

Are you excited about autumn? I am! Leaves changing colors, hoodie and sweater weather, hot coffee time…

That’s why I chose the theme of AUTUMN for October’s Prompted Contest! My judge and I tried to cover all the many charms of autumn with our prompts, focusing on nature’s beauty, Halloween, and pumpkin spice coffee.

Lydia Jane not only was an amazing, supportive judge, but she also came up with the prompts! (I created the graphics.) I may have to ask her to create more prompts in the future because she did an amazing job with these ones!

Here are the full posts with all the entries.

Read on to see the winners!

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