Saturday 1 August 2020

#WEP/IWSG August Challenge for 2020 - Long Shadow

Hello everyone! Laura here!

2020 has proven to be a stressful and frightening time for us all, and we're so grateful that so many of you continue to take part in WEP! Perhaps writing and community are just the thing so many of us need right now.

Let's talk a little about this month's writing challenge!

Welcome to the August Challenge
Long Shadow!

Firstly, we tried something new last challenge, WEP lite. For those of you who weren't here for it last time around, here are the basics.

WEP lite is WEP stripped of everything but the absolute essentials.

There will be no...

  • Comment counting. Again 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 again this month. 
  • Constant post monitoring. We'll still try to check the website and C-Box 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 (at least some of the time)

So, let's get to it...

This is the put-your-thinking-cap-on post ONLY. Sign up post goes live August 19, EST, and will remain open for 3 days. Be ready to pounce! 3 days of reading and commenting. This is a great way to relax and tap in to your creative side.

We all know times are tough. We hope you'll find some joy in participating in WEP. Work that stress out through your writing. Use that creative spark to bring a smile to your face.


How does the Long Shadow prompt inspire you?

Do you ever feel like someone is watching you from the shadows?

Do you feel as if you live in the shadow of another and yearn to break free?

Or is your shadow a dark secret that you carry with you and would do anything to protect?

What hides within the long shadow?

This month we have a wonderful prize for our winner! Juneta Key is offering feedback and an edit on a short story, a piece of flash fiction, or the first twenty pages of a manuscript.  On top of that, the winner will also receive an author spotlight on Writer's Gambit and Stormdance Publications, questions/setup with website or technical help, and questions/setup with Facebook or Twitter.

It's come to our attention that there have been some issues with critique prizes. Not everyone who wins WEP has something ready for critique. That's okay. If you win and you don't have something ready and would like to pass the prize on to someone else who can use it, let us know! We can then offer it to the runner-up. These wonderful editors have a lot to offer, and we want to make sure the prize goes to someone who needs it!

Your admin for the August WEP is L.G.

For those of you who like to plan ahead, our prompt for October is:

We'd love if you'd Tweet Tweet Tweet some/all of these:
WEP writing prompt Long Shadow @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim
Sign up August 19! #amwriting #flashfiction #WEPFF #poetry #nonfiction

Get-your-thinking-caps-on for Long Shadow @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim
Sign up August 19! #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction #poetry #nonfiction

Join WEP @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim  for the fourth challenge of the year August Long Shadow Sign up August 19!
#WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction #poetry #nonfiction

Step out of the shadows by joining @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, @OlgaGodim  for the latest challenge! Long Shadow Sign up August 19! #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction #poetry #nonfiction

Laura for the WEP Team


  1. Glad that the prizes are being passed on. Look forward to reading the interpretations of this month's prompt.
    Stay safe and well, all.

  2. I'm just recently back to blogging. This looks so interesting. Must read through other posts to learn more.

    1. I hope you read through and like what you see. A warm welcome awaits you at WEP.

    2. Glad you're back to blogging! Hope you consider participating in WEP!

  3. Here we go again, WEPpers. Last challenge was awesome with the entries of such a high level. I'm sure we can do it again. Must admit I'm looking forward to what everyone comes up with.

  4. Thanks for the timely reminder, Laura. I'm so engrossed in editing my Sparkle novel I forgot about her WEP/IWSG case. Time to switch over to another mystery. And good luck everyone.

    1. You're welcome! Good luck with Sparkle!

    2. Sparkle is dashing between two cases now ;-) and I've got an IWSG post to write.

  5. looking forward to writing and reading enthusiasm, interactions and more.

  6. Thank L.G. I almost missed posting this month. For lot of hectic, I plain forgot about it until the newsletter came in announcing it.
    Shalom aleichem,
    Pat G

    1. That can happen. Life gets hectic for us all. I'm glad you got the reminder you needed!

  7. I keep looking at these but haven't quite jumped in. Still, RT...

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  9. Wonderful harvest of prose and poetry this month. Shadows lengthening as the Summer wanes. Visited 23 entries, either as Susan B. Blogger or susanrouchard Wordpress. Good luck to all for October. Take care and thanks again to the WEP team, always on deck.


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