Wednesday 1 December 2021

#WEP 2021 Continues the Artistic Inspiration for December - NARCISSUS! Sign up here today! Write your own #tagline!


If you're wondering when the winners will be announced, wonder no more. In case you missed the MailChimp email, due to Christmas activities, we won't choose a SHORTLIST until the end of December! 

Apologies to Jemi who wasn't on the team when this badge was made. 

Please Note:



The WEP is a place where writers can confidently share their work without fear of harsh words or biting feedback. No matter what the choice is by the author of the type of critique.

For the WEP, a critique is:

Constructive feedback or positive reinforcement of the writer while helping reign in problems or giving helpful suggestions.

The point is to be helpful, not hurtful.

Check the Menu Items Under The Critique for more information!



We need your help. Place your tagline for the piece you've submitted above your story. It's an essential part of the writing process when giving your pitch or submitting to agents and editors. It helps us get to the core of the story.

We were thrilled with the taglines last challenge! Thank you!

For those new to taglines:

Here's an example of a #tagline from Denise's Paris Dreams novel:

"Sometimes, a new life comes at a cost."

Here's an example from Renee's first novel: Murder, Madness & Love:

"After a gritty detective becomes involved with a beautiful widow, rumor and obsession obstruct his quest for justice."

Short and sweet. A tagline doesn't have to tell the story. It captures the theme. Go on, give it a try!!!!

Jemi Fraser will collect/collate your taglines  during the reading process. They will then be posted in the December winners post. 

December's Critique Prize is from a great supporter:

CHRISTINE RAINS, Speculative Fiction author - 'All I want for Christmas is a 'especially-tailored' prize from Christine.'

Christine says, "I'm offering a 10,000 word critique. I'm a detailed critic. I give my reactions as I'm reading, along with what I like and don't like, overall plot, tropes, and characterization. I try my best to be as helpful as possible."

Her latest book is Shudder of Spectres, a fantasy LitRPG/GameLit for fans of table-top role-playing games. 

 Here's the blurb:

In every one of their games, the bard dies first.

But this time, she may be the only one who can save them all.

Nora Quinn wants to play a bard like no other seen before, and the newest table-top role-playing game is the perfect chance to show off her skills. Yet when Nora and her friends find themselves in the dark fantasy world of Khthonia, she struggles to be any type of bard at all. There, things aren't as straightforward as the games she's used to playing.

If she and her friends want to get back to the real world, then Nora has to lift the curse plaguing Khthonia for over a century. The fate of the realm and their way home rest in Nora's hands, but will she survive when the bard is always the first to die?

Christine has a new website. Click to visit her.

So, to win Christine's valued prize, submit your Narcissus or Narcissa entry between December 1 - 15.


This one depicts a classic subject by an Italian Master and needs no introduction. Narcissus is a well known character from Greek mythology – his story has been repurposed and retold all through the ages. Caravaggio was one of the prime movers of Italian art scene of the 16th/17th century and a good few of his artworks are based on the classics. He was a controversial figure in his lifetime, but has come to be recognised as an artist with far reaching influence on modern painting. He was a master of chiaroscuro and developed the use of shadows in art.

This particular painting can be interpreted many ways – will you update Narcissus’ story to fit  a modern timeline?

Or retell it from a different angle/POV,  perhaps a Narcissa instead?

Explore the mental disorder that is known after Narcissus and its impact on caregivers/physicians/family?

Or perhaps go in a different direction entirely -  make Narcissus quite incidental to the story – maybe the painting is only a prop in the setting?

Remember there is no right or wrong interpretation, you can make the prompt front and centre of your entry. Or not. Totally your call. Think out of the box, or rather, frame – and delight us with yours.

Happy writing!


So thereby ends our YEAR OF THE ART. I think it's been a resounding success, what say you?

2022 is THE YEAR OF MUSIC!! Yay! Don't we all love our music!

GRAB the badge and post it in your sidebar! Thank you!

Go HERE to our Challenges 2022 page to see all the prompts for the year - we thank Olga Godim for the magnificent badges and Nilanjana for the magnificent blurbs. We have a talented team. 

Here's the link if you want to add it to your page:

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If you want to read about self-publishing, Denise is guesting at Damyanti's site over the holidays. Both Denise and Damyanti would love you to visit and add to the conversation.

 Please tweet one or two of these:

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Join WEP @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee @LGKeltner, for the next Challenge of 2021, December's Narcissus. Sign up and Post December 1 – 15th!  #WEPFF #amwriting #flashfiction #poetry #nonfiction 

Write with @DeniseCCovey @YolandaRenee, @LGKeltner, for the December Challenge Narcissus! Sign up and post on December 1 – 15th! 


  1. Life has got in the way a bit so I am probably not joining this challenge. I look forward to rather a lot of excellent reading though.

    1. Your presence in the contest will be missed but your comments mean the world to so many. Thank you! Hope the holidays are a blessing.

    2. Ditto Renee's comment, Sue. We always feel your presence, woohoo! December has a way of letting life get in the way...:_)

  2. Thanks for hosting such intriguing challenges! 👌 This one hits close to home.

    1. Thanks, Debbie, looking forward to the response.

  3. The changed dates have thrown me, especially as December 1st is IWSG's monthly post so that's been my focus. Fortunately, I'd already burrowed down the daffodil burrow for lateral inspiration, and today this blurb shimmered in a nearby llyn: Gazing at daffodils, two women weave their tale of love and loss. A fortnight to translate that into a tasty Xmas treat.

    And 2022 won't be The Sound of Silence from me, as great song themes.

    1. I understand, Roland. I put a quick IWSG post at the top of my entry. Usually we get that out of the way, but with December being so tight, we had no choice but to get this show on the road so we can work through all the other things - shortlist, winners' post, guest post. I like the sound of the 'daffodil burrow'!

  4. Great post on Damyanti's site. I didn't see a way to leave a comment though.

    1. Thanks Holly. I still can't see your comment!

  5. Good Morning WEP Team,
    Unfortunately, I will not be participating in the December WEP.
    I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and safe crossover into 2022 and I hope to see everyone again in the February 2022 WEP.
    Shalom aleichem

    1. Pat Garcia: You, your story and your comments will be missed. I hope the holiday season is kind to you.

    2. Thanks for letting us know, Pat. We always miss you when you don't post. Thankfully, that's not very often. We look forward to seeing you for the February prompt.

      Many sincere wishes for the holidays!

  6. Mine will be out on the morning of 15th (UK time), so I hope I remember to join the linky. You can find it here if not:

    1. Thanks for letting us know, Jemima. I hope it posts when you plan it. The 15th is getting very tight.

    2. I hope so too. I think I set it for early hours of my morning (UK) but the host's server seems to be playing up. Fingers crossed.

  7. I cannot make Laura's link work - instead it redirects me here. I will try again tomorrow morning (our time).

    1. Nope. It still doesn't work for me.

    2. Here's the link!

  8. Thank you all so much. I think that I have now read all of the entries. As usual (and as I expected) I have been delighted.

  9. HAPPY HOLIDAYS, LADIES!!!! Looking forward to another exciting year at the WEP!


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