Monday, 6 July 2020


Hi all, the team here. Everyone helped collate this post:

JUNE 2020 saw WEP move to WEP-Lite to stay afloat during trying times. Many of the team were struck with various storms of life and need some time to recover. We're glad we went ahead with the challenge as many found it cathartic to write about various horrors. Even though fictional, there was a large dose of truth intermingled. Some of us have been personally touched by the virus and death. So, writing is a great exercise to take us away from the horror for a while. The JUNE entries were excellent and reflect that need.

Thank you, everyone, for your amazing tales, they were filled with hope, humor, love, life lessons, but especially the creativity that continues to amaze and inspire us.

It's always a delight to welcome new writers to WEP. New writers add an excitement as we eagerly anticipate a new writing style and approach to the prompt. This month we welcomed Helen Mathey-Horn  . Thank you all for making Helen welcome!


And we'd like to add in a friendly reminder about the different levels of critique while we're here. Each of you should choose a level of critique you feel comfortable with. Here's a quick reminder of what the various critique levels are:

The explanations are fairly straight forward. If you choose Full Critique Acceptable (FCA), that means people may offer a thorough critique. While we would never condone a critique that is outright cruel, such a critique may involve pointing out a lot of issues with your writing you may not have seen before. For some this may be uncomfortable. Only choose FCA if you think you can handle it and wish to use such commentary to strengthen your work in the future. Otherwise feel free to select any of the other levels you feel are right for you at this time. Alternatively you could ask for a full critique to be emailed to you.

We're sorry that we lack blurbs this month. But all entries are perpetually available to read by accessing the sign-up post.


As usual, we had a difficult time deciding our shortlists, but it quickly became apparent that everyone had a favorite: We sent this list to Nick:

Susan - Urban Nightmare
Sally - Blame
Shannon Lawrence - The Widow
Dixie Jarchow - Urban Horror
Carole Stolz - Her Urban Nightmare
Toi Thomas - Driving Home



Thank you, everyone for commenting so generously without the motivation of the Best Commenter award!  And please know that the team reads your comments, taking them into consideration when forming the shortlist. They are more important than you may think. Besides informing our decisions, it feeds the writer. Feedback is not a simple thing. It means the world to the writer.

Quite a few readers left comments on the WEP blog as they couldn't access your comments. Please turn off comment moderation for the week. There's always glitches beyond our control, but please try to make sure your blog accepts comments. It takes a patient person to comment multiple times then have to come to the WEP blog in the end. Thanks everyone!


Nick commented: "All entries were excellent ... Tough choice!"
But we had to choose ... so ...



Congratulations, Toi!

Nick wrote,  "Timely and devastating in just a few lines. This one gave me pause."

Congratulations Toi! We were all moved so much by your few words. Please link the badge to your story, Driving Home, and post it on your blog.

In addition, you've won a 5,000 word critique plus synopsis from Rohini Sundaram, and a guest post here at WEP.

Details will be emailed to you shortly.
Congratulations, on such an evocative entry!



Congratulations, Carole!

Nick wrote, "Really packs a punch. I hope the narrator can escape this nightmare."

Carole, please link the badge to your story, Her Urban Nightmareand post it on your blog.



Congratulations, Sally!

Nick wrote, "A really different take on the prompt as well as the current times. Interesting to see the rat's POV and then to find out they're just the scapegoat."

Sally, please link the badge to your story, Blame,
and post it on your blog.

Here's our prompt for AUGUST. So get those thinking caps on. The announcement will be posted on AUGUST 1st in the thinking-caps post.
And the Sign-up Link Post goes live on AUGUST 19th.

Until then, say safe and stay well!

And Sue!
Thank you, Sue, for stepping in and helping to monitor the posts and report problems, and helping us choose the winners. You made a difficult job run much more smoothly!

We'd love for you to Tweet this post or share it to Facebook 
or your favorite social media site.
#WEPFF URBAN NIGHTMARE winners announced @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @LGKeltner @OlgaGodim #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners 

More writing excellence from our WEP June winners @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @LGKeltner @OlgaGodim #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners

Come congratulate our June winners. #WEPFF URBAN NIGHTMARE Challenge @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @OlgaGodim @LGKeltner #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners

The #WEPFF writers had some fantastic entries! WEP winners announced! @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @OlgaGodim @LGKeltner #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners

#WEPFF URBAN NIGHTMARE winners all @DeniseCCovey @yolndarenee @OlgaGodim @LGKeltner #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners

Thank you for the writing excellence, WEP Winners! @LGKeltner @DeniseCCovey @yolandarenee @OlgaGodim #amwriting #flashfiction #wepwinners

Wednesday, 17 June 2020




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The linky closes after the 20th of June 23:59 EST.

- Read and comment on the participating blogs. This is one of the most important aspects for us. So sad if few read our work :-( Messes with our heads.

It's simple, so have fun!

Due to both Nila and Olga needing time this month, Sue, Elephant's Child is acting in an admin capacity. She'll help answer your questions and compile the shortlist. 

Thank you so much, Sue!


Comment counting will cease at midnight on Wednesday, June 24th 23:59 EST time, which gives about a week to read/comment. (If this is a problem to you, let us know and we'll give some leeway). When you've finished reading, leave a comment on the main post to tell us you're done.PLEASE, everyone, make sure comments are allowed on your blog and if you're using multiple names other than the one you signed up under, please add that to your comment.


Sign up for the WEP challenge, Urban Nightmare. @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim #amwriting, #amreading, #amediting, #ff, #flashfiction, #nonfiction, #poetry, #prizes

Join the enthusiastic writers at WEP. Sign up here for the Urban Nightmare challenge  @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim #amwriting, #amreading, #amediting, #ff, #flashfiction, #nonfiction, #poetry, #prizes

Third WEP writing challenge of 2020 @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim Sign up or read. #amwriting, #amreading, #amediting, #ff, #flashfiction, #nonfiction, #poetry, #prizes

Read some great short #writing here at the WEP, @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim #amwriting, #amreading, #amediting, #ff, #flashfiction, #nonfiction, #poetry #prizes


Monday, 1 June 2020

#WEP/IWSG June Challenge for 2020 - Urban Nightmare

Hello everyone! Renรฉe here!

If you've been watching the opening up of the world after the worst of the pandemic, you're probably keeping your fingers crossed that folks will do the right thing. In many countries they are, but in the US things aren't going as smoothly. Folks prefer to pull out their guns instead of wearing a mask. Empathy is lacking in the highest echelons of society, and most of us see a bleak chance for a change with voter suppression being the fresh game in town. 

Oops, didn't mean to get on a soapbox...

Photo by Mattia Agustoni on Unsplash

So before this becomes a political post, why don't we get to the challenge, 
and use our angst to fuel our writing!!!

Welcome to the June Challenge
Urban Nightmare!

Before we get into it...

...we introduce a new concept - 

What is WEP-Lite? It is WEP stripped of everything but the absolute essentials. 

The WEP team are going through their own Urban Nightmare, assailed by physical and emotional ailments from every direction. So in June, the workload can't be shared so much. 

Rather than shutting down temporarily, we have voted to go with WEP-Lite (and this may continue into August).

How is WEP-Lite different?

There will be no...

  • Comment counting. This month we rely on your goodwill to read as many entries as you can, remembering how it sucks if only 2 people read yours. Don't let this happen!
  • Blurbs. We'll hold off on them this month. Even though we had a volunteer (Sanhita) to do blurbs, we would still need to edit, link, better to leave it this month. 
  • Constant post monitoring. We'll still try to check as much as possible, but if you have a very urgent query, email Denise at
There will be...
  • Shortlist and judging
  • Winners' post announcement
  • Winner's Guest post
  • Mail Chimp emails

So, let's get to it...

This is the put-your-thinking-cap-on post ONLY. Sign up post goes live June 17, EST, and will remain open for 3 days. Be ready to pounce! 3 days of reading and commenting. What better way to spend our time during the shutdown or whatever they call it where you live.

We at the WEP know how tough these times are. Use that in your writing for this prompt. Get that stress out of your system and put it in your writing! We don't care how deep you delve. Actually, the deeper and darker the better.


How does this Urban Nightmare prompt inspire you?

A city where the trees are pulling up their roots, bunching them over their branches like old fashioned women's skirts and trudging away to greener pastures.

A city under the haze of volcanic ash where no birds, no airplanes can land, no living creature can breathe.

The underground city within a city where fatbergs and noxious fumes create a deathly trap for your characters.

A concrete jungle where the walls close in and collapse every morning and everyone must wait for the night to be alive again. 

Tell us, what is your urban nightmare?

This month we have a CRITIQUE prize for the WINNER. Author Rohini Sundaram is offering the winner a 5,000-word critique plus synopsis.

Thank you, Rohini!

 Your admin for the June WEP are Yolanda, Denise, and Sue (Elephant's Child).  

FYI: Here's a list of FREE or low-cost sites for a blog.
·         Blogger.
·         Medium.
·         Penzu.
·         Squarespace.
·         Svbtle.
·         Tumblr.
·         Webs.
·         Weebly.
·         Wix.
·         Wordpress.


We applaud those brave souls who use their WEP stories as a series. And there are those of you who like to write ahead of time. So...the next challenge is: 

We'd love if you'd Tweet Tweet Tweet some/all of these:

WEP Summer 2020 writing prompt Urban Nightmare @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim Sign up June 17! #amwriting #flashfiction #WEPFF #poetry #nonfiction

Get-your-thinking-caps-on for Urban Nightmare @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim Sign up June 17! #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction #poetry #nonfiction

Join WEP @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim  for the third challenge of the year Urban Nightmare Sign up Jue 17! urban.html  #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction #poetry #nonfiction

Begin Summer by joining @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim  for the latest challenge Urban Nightmare Sign up June 17!
 #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction #poetry #nonfiction


Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Some #Quarantine Time with J Lenni Dorner - April WEP winner of ANTIQUE VASE

Welcome friends, to a rather different type of guest post by J Lenni Dorner, winner of the April 2020 Challenge - Lenape Antique Vase. He gives us a glimpse into the mind/life of a very busy writer combined with the challenges of Covid-19 living.

I warn you, you have to concentrate...

  • the green text is J Lenni's spouse speaking to him. 
  • Orange text are his replies to someone. 
  • Blue and purple text were other friends speaking. 

Got it? 


 J Lenni, please take it away...

A glimpse at my last few weeks:

What would be a good theme for my blog in April for the challenge? The AtoZ blog? Operation Awesome Team picked writing motivation. Doing the Self Isolation Author Interview from Michael Baker.

"Raring, what if we run out of food?"
(Raring means dear.) I won't let you starve, Snookums. Hunting, fishing, foraging, we'll be fine. 
"I need another cookbook." 
My spouse can cook. I have scrounged.

Theme for AtoZ team- 2020 visions of blogging. Must write my OA posts. And the posts for my blog.

Reading books to review in April.

"Our friend thinks he has coronavirus. He has a fever and has been sick."
We can't bring soup. 

Writing posts. Visiting my usual 40 blogs. Scheduling tweets. How shall I split up this story for my blog?

"I'm leaving the Operation Awesome Team after April."
Add 'replace team member' to my list.

"When will stores reopen? I was going to get new sneakers."
I'll make moccasins if it comes to it. 

Day One of the Blogging from A to Z Challenge. I have six fires to put out. If I weren't out of work because of the pandemic, I'd quit all blogging and social media right now.

#quote on image from @JLenniDorner Socialize online with compassion, kindness and grace
"Hey! Do you know your Wordpress comments still link to your old blog?" ๐Ÿ˜ณ
Must fix that. I need to write my WEP entry.  I want it to be about a Lenni-Lenape vase. WriteClub? No idea. I'll split my tribal story into parts, I'll ask the audience if they want more posts or a book.

"(Nurse friend) was attacked."
I can't take her flowers or a card. 

Visiting blogs.

"Have you seen these news articles? Native American tribes without access to decent water."
Reservation, not PReservation. ๐Ÿ˜ก Adding feelings to my blog post.

I know how I want to write my WEP story now.

"We have to go to the store." 
๐ŸงปThe toilet paper my cousin likes. Dropped off as an anniversary gift, along with sweets. ๐Ÿฌ

A friend published a book on Smashwords. Set your own price, including free? I should do that! I need to design a cover and format.

Lumber Of The Kuweakunks

"(Nurse friend) has developed a fever."

Operation Awesome, images become ⛔. Fix that. Post on Scrivener? I'll write a counterpoint.

@JLenniDorner #AtoZChallenge poster 2020
"Are we seeing your family in May?"
No. Doesn't look like it.

WriteClub, I'm just voting this year. I'm halfway through the #AtoZChallenge list. Visited all WEP blogs. Operation Awesome prep for Pass or Pages query contest. ๐Ÿ˜Š๐Ÿ’˜๐Ÿ“š

"#QuarantinePets. We need a dog!"
No, a cat.

Sign up for Bout of Books and SavvyReadathon. Jeremy made a digital poster for AtoZ participants.

"(Nurse friend) has coronavirus."

I won the WEP challenge! ๐Ÿคฉ I've visited every #AtoZChallenge blog. ๐Ÿ˜Ž I published. ๐Ÿ˜Š I'm sitting on my hair. ๐Ÿ˜„
@JLenniDorner author images

J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer at Operation Awesome, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

Thank you J Lenni,

As we all face the challenges of writing and isolation our world has changed and continues to change dramatically. Please share your days, your concerns, or your solutions in your comments. We'd love to hear from you! How are you doing?

Another alternative to our changing world is, at least for us writers, the opportunity to put into words our frustrations, fears, and solutions in a story. 

Please consider using the next challenge prompt "Urban Nightmare"! Don't forget to check out some ideas on the 2020 Challenges Page.

Look for the announcement on June 1st. 
Post your link on June 17th.

A city where the trees are pulling up their roots, bunching them over their branches like old fashioned women's skirts and trudging away to greener pastures.

A city under the haze of volcanic ash where no birds, no airplanes can land, no living creature can breathe.

The underground city within a city where fatbergs and noxious fumes create a deathly trap for your characters.

A concrete jungle where the walls close in and collapse every morning and everyone must wait for the night to be alive again. 

Tell us, what your urban nightmare is...

Please tweet!

@JLenniDorner #Covid-19 #WEPAntiqueVase  #WEPwinner #guestpost @DeniseCCovey, @YolandaRenee, @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim #amwriting #writingchallenge

 Please, everyone, feel free to share how you're feeling. It is a trying time! WEP is a safe place. We welcome your input! Do you have any well-being hints? 
Here's an interesting link to a blog of helpful information on COVID-19: