Join The SENSELESS Writing Challenge!

Senseless ChallengeCalling all short story lovers!

May is National Short Story Month – and therefore the perfect time for an absolutely senseless idea.

Let me explain:

Short stories have a special place in my heart. They’ve helped me dabble with countless ideas, overcome writer inertia, and introduced me to communities like #fridayflash. Most importantly, they’ve helped me hone my craft by focusing on different techniques one at a time… And this where the senseless challenge comes into play.


  1. We have five senses.
  2. May has five Fridays.
  3. Each Friday is dedicated to one of the senses.
  4. On that Friday, you post a flash fiction focusing on that sense.
  5. If you have twitter, tweet about your story with the hashtag #flashsense

Take sight. The story for that week could be about a ghost who can only see, but not hear or feel or smell or taste. On the other end of the scale, it could be about a blind man – and how he sees without seeing.

The aim of the challenge is to become more aware of how you use senses to convey description – and hopefully have fun too!

The schedule is:

There are no rules. You can take part for one week or all five. You can write about not having that week’s sense or only having it.

I’ll do weekly round ups so we can all enjoy each others’ stories.


At the end of May, I’m going to poll readers on which challenge story was their favourite (excluding my own, of course!).

The author of the winning story will win a print copy of one of my books.

EDIT: Far too many amazing people took part to make it fair to pick only one story. All entrants get a free ecopy of any of my books!

Each author can enter a maximum of 5 stories into the challenge – one for each sense. Winners will be announced on June 10th.


  1. A.M. Harte
  2. Nathan Payne
  3. Laura Besley
  4. N.M. Martinez
  5. Laura Amos
  6. Kiri
  7. Joseph
  8. Brinda Banerjee
  9. Peggy McFarland
  10. Christopher Munroe
  11. Kelly Stapleton
  12. Tim VanSant
  13. JP West
  14. Shelli Proffitt Howells
  15. Deanna Schrayer
  16. Chuck Allen

Want to join my senseless challenge?

Leave a comment on this post linking to your blog.

29 thoughts on “Join The SENSELESS Writing Challenge!

  1. Reblogged this on Write Your Own Story and commented:
    I am not one for writing prompts. I don’t know, maybe I’m just stubborn. Strange things can prompt an idea, but don’t you dare tell me to write based on a prompt.

    Yet here I am pushing this on any and all writing friends. This writing prompt is so simple and open ended that it even got my brain churning. I needed a break from my current project, and this was the perfect chance to write on stuff not tied to any other stories.

    Hopefully others will give this a try too. Please spread the word!

  2. Sounds like fun! I’ve been wanting to participate again in #fridayflash, but time and…eh, excuses. Thank you. This is the perfect way to get it all back on track.

  3. Pingback: FridayFlash: Fun Is Not Blind | Kelly Stapleton

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