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James & Oneg's Summer Writing Challenge Extravaganza

A list of unique prompts to get you writing this August

By Oneg In The ArcticPublished 11 months ago Updated 10 months ago 4 min read
Top Story - August 2023
James & Oneg's Summer Writing Challenge Extravaganza
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Are you feeling dry and hung out? Heatwaves got you down and sweaty? The summer feels like it’s dragging out and you don’t know what to damn write about anymore?

Have no fear! The James & Oneg Dream Team is here to save your writer’s block, sanity, and word count!

Enter Oneg and James' whacky fun summer writing challenge list like a splash of ice cold water from the backyard hose, these challenges are meant to shock you, and wake up any sense of credible creativity. Solely cultivated to go against your standard writing prompt for the purpose of inviting some much needed fun, we present to you the shenanigans that we somehow came up with (and totally sober too!)

So how does it work Oneg?

Well James, I'm so glad you asked, because honestly it took a while to put it in sensical sentences and I can’t believe we actually did it.

The Works:

A new challenge will be released and announced every four days for the month of August, the first, starting today.

You can choose when and which to participate in, or do them all. There is NO deadline to finish, but you can choose to use the four day stretch as one if you’d like. For those who go the extra mile and actually finish them, you get a metaphorical gold starred-water hose and double, no, QUADRUPLE high five from us.

We will be announcing/posting the challenges mostly on Facebook in the various Vocal groups such as:

Vocal + Assist | Facebook

The Medium Writers and Vocal Creators Support Group | Facebook

Vocal Social Society | Facebook

Saloon for Writers | Facebook

Vocal Media Creators Support | Facebook

Writers Sharing Community | Facebook

Vocal Media Article Promotion | Facebook

Along with the Facebook posts, we will be releasing our own examples/stories and tagging you to play in! We will also be updating this page here with the updated challenges so you can keep track of what has been released and when. So make sure you check back here from time to time.

To Participate:

Here’s what you need to do to participate to the FULLEST. And I mean, like Turkey Dinner, all the sides, extra stuffing, and dessert kind of full.

Make sure you put the challenge title in your subtitle, and give a brief intro of what the challenge is somewhere, either in the beginning or end, and link this main page for reference.

Link another creator’s entry at the bottom of your story. We want to spread the lovin’ like butter on hot dinner buns.

Challenge another creator to the task! You might have to let them know they’ve been challenged or “tagged” through other social media means. But the goal is to spread the word, again, like butter on hot dinner buns. (Definitely not writing this while I prep dinner…)

Lastly, have fun! Be creative with these prompts, and if you want to tweak it to your liking, go for it! It’s all about getting our ballpoint pens rolling, and our word vomit spewing.

So what's the first challenge James & Oneg?

Well Vocal peeps, your first challenge is... The Sweet Summer Song Challenge!

Your task is to pick a song that represents summer for you. Use the song as the title of your piece, and to inspire either a poem or a short story/micro fiction about summer. Feel free to use some of the song's lyrics in your piece as well, and add a link to the song so we can hear it too.

You have until August 4th before the next writing challenge is released!

By Kenta Kikuchi on Unsplash

Schedule of Challenge Releases & Brief Explanation:

July 31st - Challenge #1 Sweet Summer Songs: Pick a song that reps summer for ya. Use the song as the title to inspire a poem or micro fic about summer

August 4th - Tag You’re It! Challenge: pick a Vocal community and tag/nominate another writer to write a poem or 100-word micro fic about it BUT you only have 15 minutes to write!

August 8th -Awkward Elevator Challenge: write about a time you did something embarrassing (or make it up), and the person that saw it happen, suddenly gets in an elevator with you shortly after. There is no word count limit.

August 12th - Beware the Mundane: Your task is to choose either a non-scary/mundane object or task and create a horror story around it!

August 16th - You’ve Got Mail! Challenge: start a story/poem with the last line of an email or letter you recently received.

August 20th - The Gossip Cap Challenge: write a micro fiction (under 250 words) as a cab driver who just picked up a customer- what story do you hear?

August 24th - The Dream State Challenge: write a fantasy fiction or poem about a recent dream that you had. Whatever you remember, use as your fuel for this epic piece!

August 28th - The Home Sweet/Sour Home Challenge: write a little excerpt or poem about why you love (or not) where you live, and something unique about it that no one else would know.

August 31st - The Break Out of Your Cocoon Challenge: Butterfly poems are a genre of poetry that use the butterfly as a symbol or metaphor to explore themes such as transformation, growth, beauty, and the fleeting nature of life. Write one.

We can't wait to see what y'all produce! And don't forget to tag some friends to join in on this chaotic writing fun!


About the Creator

Oneg In The Arctic

A storyteller and poet of arctic adventures, good food, identity, mental health, and more.

Co-founder of Queer Vocal Voices

Some other rad writers to check out:

James ❄️ TheDaniWriter ❄️ Melissa

RiverJoy ❄️ J. Delaney-Howe ❄️

Water is Life ✊

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  • Denise E Lindquist5 months ago

    Congrats on Top Story!🎉🎉🎉

  • Justine Crowley7 months ago

    I know that I am late to the party in reading (no pun intended); yet this is a good idea to get cracking with the writing :)

  • Rebekah Crawley10 months ago

    This looks like a lot of fun, might take it on when the kids finally go back to school haha love it 💖

  • I will use your prompts and tag you Oneg and James

  • The Dani Writer10 months ago

    This is an idea of legend! Way to go!

  • Sonia Heidi Unruh10 months ago

    I'm game if anyone needs a last-minute TAG-EE!

  • What a fantastic idea! I love this, and congrats on the top story, I hope it spreads the word a lot.

  • Naomi Gold11 months ago

    This is amazing. I’ll be playing along as much as I can. Congrats on Top Story! 🥂

  • Kay Reeves11 months ago

    Great idea. Everything stops here in August so a bit of writing might actually get done.

  • Ahamed Thousif11 months ago

    Hey, This is cool!!! Wonderful piece.

  • Lamar Wiggins11 months ago

    Back to say, Congrats!

  • Babs Iverson11 months ago

    😎 Cool!!!❤️ Love this!!! Congratulations on Top Story!!!💕

  • Leslie Writes11 months ago

    Love this idea. Nothing comes immediately to mind for a summer song, but I’ll let it marinate. Maybe I’ll have to catch your next prompt. 💖

  • Heather Hubler11 months ago

    Yay! Congratulations on Top Story! I hope more people participate now :)

  • Cathy holmes11 months ago

    Congrats on the TS

  • Woohoo, so glad this made top story. Such a fun challenge. Everyone is KILLING IT!!!

  • Awesome ✨ and Congratulations 🎉

  • Dana Crandell11 months ago

    Glad to see this made Top Story!

  • Judey Kalchik 11 months ago

    BAM! Top Story congrats all around: drinks and buttered rolls on me....

  • Gerald Holmes11 months ago

    This sounds like a lot of fun. Great idea. I think I will join in.

  • Rachel M.J11 months ago

    haha you guys are crazy, I love it. So much personality in this, i'll be joining in.

  • Hannah E. Aaron11 months ago

    Ooh, I’m so excited! This is going to be so much fun!! Thanks for creating this challenge and sharing it!!

  • Chloe Gilholy11 months ago

    Mine is just waiting to be approved.

  • Dana Crandell11 months ago

    Sounds like a whole lotta' fun!

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