Tuesday 1 October 2019

October 1st - Get Thinking, Get Horrible

Hello writers!

Hey, it's October 1st!  and it's Nilanjana here, your host for this challenge. It's time to get that thinking cap off it's hook and onto your head. It's harvest time here and the more horrible the better...

Most of our members go with the Horror genre for the Halloween month...BUT...as always, there are NO genre restrictions here at WEP (except erotica). So...if creepy is not your thing...if a fearfest leaves you cold (pun intended!)...if chilling is not your filling...feel free to tweak the prompt whichever way you want. Because we're cool like that!

So without further ado...here's the challenge for October -


If this is your first time posting, or if the format has slipped your mind, here's a recap of the procedures  -

No separate sign up now. 

This post is just a gentle nudge for you to get thinking... considering... ruminating...about the way you want to spin the prompt. You may want to visit the main Challenge page for ideas. Or not. Perfectly fine either way.

Post your entry on your blog as normal. Indicate the level of feedback you desire by adding the critique codes. Don't forget to include the Challenge badge and Write... Edit... Publish... in your title. 

The main Challenge post goes live on 16th October 00.00 hours NY time on this site.  Add the URL of your Horrible Harvest post to the linky directly on the main post. 

The linky closes after 18th October 23:59 NY time. 

Read and comment on the participating blogs, taking into account the level of feedback the writer has requested. 

Simple, isn't it?


Comment counting will cease at midnight on Friday, November 1st NY time, which gives you over a week to read/comment. When you've finished reading, it would be helpful if you left a comment on the main post to tell us you're done. PLEASE everyone, make sure comments are allowed on your blog. And most importantly, make sure you read the updated CRITIQUE PAGE above before commenting.

If you'd like to help in this or a later challenge, please email me at: nilabose306b@gmail.com or leave a comment below.



And now for the exciting part! - the PRIZES. Yes, there are more than one this month. 

First, we have the CRITIQUE prize for the WINNER. This month  KYRA LENNON offers the winner a first chapter critique. 

Kyra Lennon grew up by the seaside which provides massive inspiration for her. Her first book was released in 2013, and she has gone on to release two successful series' and a handful of novellas, all falling into the category of Contemporary Romance. 


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Available October 8, 2019!



But the above Critique Prize isn't all. There's more...

Back in June/July, when we brainstormed about the changes at WEP, - most of the members indicated that they liked the competitive aspect. That it was, in fact, not just a writing prompt but a Challenge that motivated them.  Winning it was its own reward (and of course, the sumptuous badges helped - for which we have to thank Olga, our ace badgemaker.) No-one was doing it for any other incentive. The idea members mooted was to offer critiques from publishers/editors/published writers, which we took on board. The other monetary prize didn't seem to matter so much to our community.

However, that prize had a history, it was instituted in the days when WEP was not even WEP! It was first given at RFW at the suggestion of Donna Hole, the then co-host. So you see, serious sentimental value! We, the old timers, would be sorry to see the GC go altogether, so we thought about how it could be repurposed to suit this current, updated format of WEP better.  And the answer came to us in one small word - combine. Combine the budgets for the year for this special Halloween month Challenge just ahead of the festive season.

So here it is folks - the Amazon Gift Card - the updated, upsized version. Not one. Not two, nope. But THREE separate Gift Cards for the three writers who wow us with their writing -


USD 30 for the WINNER

USD 20 for the RUNNER-UP


So...let's get thinking...let's get writing!


Visit the CHALLENGES 2019 PAGE  for details of the DECEMBER CHALLENGE, the last one for this year, can you believe it?! I can't.

And so...the WEP team have been hard at work. 
TADAAA...Here's a sneak peek of what's happening in YEAR 2020 at WEP:

We'd love if you'd Tweet one of these:

The WEP 2019 October Challenge Horrible Harvest - @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey  https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/09/october-1st-get-thinking-get-horrible.html #amwriting #flashfiction #WEPFF

How horrible can you get? October Challenge @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey  https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/09/october-1st-get-thinking-get-horrible.html #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction

Join @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey for the Latest FF Challenge Horrible Harvest  https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/09/october-1st-get-thinking-get-horrible.html       
#WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction

What are you going to harvest this season? Join @TheIWSG @DeniseCCovey for the latest challenge https://writeeditpublishnow.blogspot.com/2019/09/october-1st-get-thinking-get-horrible.html  #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction



For Denise, Laura and Olga


  1. I am thinking, And really, really looking forward to reading.

    1. Look forward to having you with us. And ditto on the reading.

    2. This is going to be an exciting challenge! I'm also looking forward to reading.

  2. I love the October challenge and all the scary stories. But Horrible Harvest could be something innocuous for those who don’t do horror or creepy.

    Can’t wait to start reading although I’ll be in Italy. Woo hoo.

    1. Happy travels, Denise! October is always a mega blast, horror-or-not. :)

    2. You're right, it really could mean a lot of things. I can't wait to see what people come up with!

    3. I’m coming up with vampires. Ooh. Scary.

    4. Oh classic horror! Shiver! :)

  3. I wrote mine back in August because October is always very busy for writing challenges. I've done OctPoWriMo for years and there are a few other things. Now I just need to remember it's October 16 so I don't end up kicking myself.

    1. You have my admiration for writing ahead! Great to have you with us for the horror month - look forward to your entry. And don't worry, an email alert will go out on the 16th when the linky opens.

    2. Yes Nila, I’ll preschedule the emails before I leave.

  4. Hi,
    I find to new setup with the GCs as very good. The competition has been stiffened in that we as writers are challenged to put on our thinking caps and put our best foot forward. I personally am not a horror writer but I participate anyway to see how near I can approach a horror scene without having a nightmare. :-)
    I'm looking forward to the challenge and thanks for all the hard work you four put into keeping WEP alive. I really appreciate that.

    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

    1. Hi Pat,

      We love to read your flashes with those strong, grounded characters and a large dose of positivity!
      You don't have to write horror if you don't want to - WEP is always up for any genre, even in the Halloween month, nightmares optional :) Thanks for your unstinting support of WEP, much appreciated and cherished. Look forward to reading your entry.

  5. Thanks for this helpful and informative post, Nilanjana! I've got my thinking cap on!

    1. Great to have you with us! The harvest season is a favourite! :)

  6. I see Nancy has posted. Seeing the Linky isn’t up we’ll have to try not to forget her.

  7. Looking for the linky. Glad you found me Denise.

    1. Thanks for posting for the October Challenge, Nancy! Linky will be opening on 16th and closing 18th. There is no separate sign up, the URL can be added directly as soon as the linky is up.

  8. I'm thinking, I'm thinking, I'm thinking..

  9. Can't seem to find the linky. Here is my WEP post: https://rolandyeomans.blogspot.com/2019/10/wep-post-how-you-die.html I worked hard on this, and I would like to have it read. Enjoyed would be even nicer!

    1. Thanks for writing for this challenge and also for the alert, Roland. The Linky is in the next post and is now open.


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