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Riddle Me This [an unofficial challenge]

June/July 2024 Writing Prompt/Challenge

By BellePublished about a month ago Updated about a month ago 4 min read
Top Story - June 2024

Helllooo Vocal Creators! Welcome back for my June/July 2024 Vocal Challenge!

Thank you to everyone who has participated in my past challenges! This is now challenge number four, and I've been having an absolute blast hosting.

For those of you who are new (or who'd like to know), I post challenges (typically) on the 1st and 15th day of each month. The challenges stay open for a month, then I post the results a week after it closes. You can find all of my open and closed unofficial challenges in my pillar post below!

My June 2024 challenge is also still open (until the end of June)! Go check it out if you'd like! You can find it here:

Now that we have all of the introductory stuff out of the way, let's dive in to unofficial challenge #4!

The Prompt

Write a story that either begins or ends in a riddle.

Some rules and tips for inspiration:

  • The riddle can be long or short.
  • It can be dialogue (or not). It can be something the main character finds, reads, hears, thinks, says, or writes (basically anything).
  • The riddle is yours to choose! It does not have to be original. You can find it online, or make one up yourself! The subject matter is also yours to decide.
  • However, it MUST either be the first sentence(s) or the last sentence(s). It cannot be somewhere in the middle!
  • It can be a story of any genre. Since the riddle is yours to choose, let it take you any which way, whether it's mystery, romance, fantasy, horror, comedy, anything.
  • Also, I would prefer (the subject matter of) the riddle to be the MAIN FOCUS of the story. For example, I wouldn't like your story to start with your character's coworker telling some riddle joke about dogs, and then the rest of the story to be about a murder (unless the fact that the guy liked riddles is significant to his connection to the murder).

The Criteria

Word Count: I would suggest a word count of 350+ words. Since this could inspire quite lengthy responses, I would ask that you don't go over 1,500 words (or maybe 1,750). I'm not too picky, but just keep the length in mind! I am more worried about not making the minimum word count, as I believe a story under 350 might not do as well in the contest. I will accept all submissions either way! No matter how short or long!

Link back: Not actually a requirement, but just a nice touch for me! At the end of your story, embed a link (if you can) to this page so that the challenge prompt comes up! It makes it easier for interested readers to find the prompt.

Comment: Come back after you've published your submission and comment the link to your entry! Without the comment, I won't see your entry, and that's no fun!

NOTE: I will be adding all of the entries to the bottom of this post. Please come back a couple days after you comment your submission (or the day after the deadline) to ensure your entry is there! Otherwise, I might have missed it!

A note on editing: I won't be reading the stories until after the deadline closes, so you are free to edit your submission up until the deadline, but PLEASE DO NOT EDIT AFTER THE DEADLINE! Or at least between the deadline and the results release date!


Can I make more than one submission? Yes, you can! I welcome more than one submission. Just know that only one entry per creator can be featured in the Top 3.

Can I submit a story I have already written? If you have a story that fits the prompt and meets the criteria, go for it!

Important Dates

Deadline: This challenge will close on Monday, July 15th, at 11:59pm MST.

  • I will be sending out reminders one week before the closure date (on July 8th) to anyone who has commented interest but has not made an entry yet!

Results: The results for this challenge will be posted on Monday, July 22nd, a week after the closure date!

  • This post will include the Top 3 entries (1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners), as well as little blurbs rationalizing my choices. There will be links to all submissions included at the end.
  • Prizes? I unfortunately am unable to give tips right now (though I might be able to for challenge #5, so keep your eye out!). Instead, I will read, like, and comment on five of the winner's (1st place) works that I have not read yet, as well as subscribe if I have not already. This is meant to help build community and boost your page a little!

I think that's it! If you have any questions, feel free to comment below! I can't wait to see what you come up with!

May the games begin!

♡♡♡ Belle ♡♡♡

The Entries

  1. Mike Singleton - Mikeydred "Coincidentally Fireflies"

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Comments (20)

  • Addison Alder4 days ago

    Hi Belle, the URL of my entry changed communities so it's now at https://vocal.media/horror/the-taking-8qa209ap Thank you!

  • Catsidhe5 days ago

    Happy I managed to make the deadline. Here's my entry: https://vocal.media/fiction/the-riddle-game. Thanks for an interesting and challenging prompt!

  • Addison Alder9 days ago

    Hi Belle, this was an interesting challenge! Here's my entry - "The Taking" - which I hope entertains and disturbs you in equal measure ;) https://vocal.media/fiction/the-taking-6r11m049r

  • Anna 11 days ago

    Congrats on top story! Unfortunately I was unable to write for a short period of time, but now that I'm not a busy as before, I want to return and give it a shot hopefully tomorrow but definitely before the deadline :)

  • Matthew Spinelli13 days ago

    I only recently got back into writing but I gave it my best shot :) https://vocal.media/fiction/the-riddle-of-the-silent-watcher

  • angela hepworth17 days ago

    Ooh this sounds awesome!! Time to brainstorm 😉

  • Congratulations on having your story featured as a top story on Vocal! This is a remarkable achievement, and it's clear why your work has received such recognition. Your storytelling is truly exceptional. The narrative was not only compelling but also beautifully crafted, holding my attention from start to finish. The way you developed the characters and plot was masterful, making the story both engaging and thought-provoking. Your unique voice and perspective shine through, setting your work apart. It’s evident that you poured a lot of passion and effort into this piece, and it has certainly paid off. I look forward to reading more of your incredible stories in the future. Keep up the fantastic work! Best regards, Dr. Jay

  • Thanks for fresh inspiration

  • Golam Kibriaabout a month ago

    Write more stories like this

  • Jaye Poolabout a month ago

    Congrats on top story! I'll have to think on this one - nice prompt!

  • JBazabout a month ago

    Always up for a challenge This one has a lot of potential Congratulations on top story

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Back to say congratulations on your Top Story! 🎉💖🎊🎉💖🎊

  • Christy Munsonabout a month ago

    Congratulations on Top Story! 🥳

  • TahimaAniabout a month ago

    great work.

  • Paul Stewartabout a month ago

    Another brilliant prompt and giving me lots to think about. So many ways to pull the wool over your eyes and pull the rug out from under your feet...congrats on this getting Top Story!

  • Mackenzie Davisabout a month ago

    I may have to sit on this one for a bit! Love the prompt!

  • Dharrsheena Raja Segarranabout a month ago

    Oooo, a riddle, huh. Let's see if Mr Brain comes up with anything hehehehe

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  • Amanda Starksabout a month ago

    Ooooh, fun! I haven't dabbled in riddles, but this might get me to try. xD

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