Sign up for the Fantasy and Fairy Tales challenge.

You may be aware of the seasonal challenge anthologies I’ve been participating in.

The challenges are created and run by author Michelle Francik, and she is getting ready to host another one this month. This is a great opportunity to be published for the first time, or the twentieth time. So I hope you’ll consider signing up.

The theme is one that I’m very excited for.

Myths and legends, fairtytales and fantasy. Elves and ogres and dragons. What comes to mind when you think of these things? Have you always wanted to write a story about pixies? Or revamp a favorite fairytale? Well, here’s your chance!

Our next Short Story Writing Challenge has arrived and the theme is Fantasy and Fairytales!

The Challenge begins Saturday, February 6th and ends Saturday, February 20th. This is a writing Challenge and you are tasked with writing a short story, poem, essay, letter or something else uniquely you! If it fits the theme and follows the rules, it will be published in an anthology in March!

To participate, you need to sign up at the link below. Once the Challenge starts you’ll get a writing prompt every other day. The prompts are to jump start your creativity, but you don’t have to use them if you already have a story in mind!

Once you sign up you’ll have until February 20th to submit your entries. You can win Amazon gift cards, bragging rights and even become a published author!

Click the link below to find all the information, rules, contact info and to SIGN UP!

https://2021-fantasyfairytales-challenge-signup.mfranciktheauthor.com/

What I’m working on:

I write fantast so I already have a ton of ideas for this challenge. I am hoping to submit three short stories this time around but we’ll see how quickly I can work on them.

Entry one: Working title ASL fairytale

A Deaf princess must choose a husband out of a pool of unworthy candidates. Is anyone willing to try communicating with her? (there is a fairy and a dragon. I never write straight romance.)

I wrote this story when I was taking sign language classes in college. My skill is a lot better now, so since it’s basically just revising I should be able to finish it pretty quickly.

Entry two: Dragon cuddles

A cute story about a shapeshifting dragon that was part of a novel that never went anywhere. Now that I’m working it as a stand alone I should be able to write it out quickly.

Entry three: Trading Pages

Snow White and a girl from our world trade places.

I am not sure I will follow through with this one because I’ve tried to write it multiple times. Either it’s too similar to other stories out there or it’s too boring. I will give it one more shot before I give up on it though.

I have so much fun writing for these challenges. It always surprises me what my brain comes up with on the tight deadline. I think if you give it a try it will surprise you too.

I can’t emphasize this enough: If you want to participate, click the link, read the rules, and SIGN UP!

So are you signing up?

Which of my entries are you most excited for me to finish?

Halloween 2020 Anthology

I got published again. This time it’s in the Halloween 2020 short story anthology. It’s like the 2019 Halloween Anthology I was in last year, but you know, for this year.

There is no doubt that Halloween 2020 is going to go down as one of the strangest holidays ever. With lockdowns, social distancing, masks, politics, lies, violence and hate dominating every news report–every thought at times, celebrating takes on a different aspect this year.
Some people are determined to act as if everything’s normal while others are devastated that they can’t have their annual Halloween gala. Trick or treating has either been cancelled or there are so many rules in place to protect everyone from Covid-19 that it barely resembles its previous incarnations.
For the 2020 Halloween Short Story Challenge, I tasked the authors to look at Halloweens past, present and future. I suggested they view the holiday through the out-of-focus lens of 2020, but they didn’t have to. I challenged them to search outside the box, inside the box and all around the box, until they found something that resonated within them.
For many, this year has been one of loss, fear, uncertainty and apathy. It’s been hard to get out of bed let alone be creative. That’s why this was an especially difficult, yet important, Challenge.
The authors in this anthology accepted that challenge and they’ve written an incredible, eclectic assortment of Halloween stories and poems. They’ll terrify you. They’ll delight you. They’ll make you laugh. And hopefully, for at least as long as it takes you to read them, you’ll be distracted from the real-life horrors of 2020. Enjoy!

Buy it on Amazon here: https://amzn.to/3o1DuqM

Not every story in this anthology takes place in 2020 though, some stories are more like memories, others are just fun Halloween centric stories.

My story is a very 2020 centric story. In a world where trick or treat has been cancelled, Halloween becomes, “The Night of the Masked Children.”

So if you’re looking for seasonal read go ahead and pick up Halloween 2020 today. You might just decide to keep some candy on hand after all.

Available in eBook, paperback, and Kindle unlimited: https://cobonham.com/2019/10/24/halloween-short-story-challenge-2019-anthology/

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