Thursday, March 7, 2013

Trifecta Writing Challenge

As a confessed flash fiction junkie, I try to participate in as many challenges and weekly prompts as time & energy permit. To that end, I have become aware of yet another interesting challenge via my online friend Rosalind Smith-Nazilli aka The Fiction Vixen. 

This one has some pretty unique and interesting aspects to it that drew my interest. To ensure I don't mistate anything, I am including the specifics of the challenge directly as they appear on the Trifecta Writing Challenge instructions page: 

Trifecta consists of two weekly challenges: one weekday prompt and one weekend prompt.

Weekday Challenge:
Each Monday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time, a one-word prompt will be posted on our home page. The chosen word will come from the Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary. For the Trifecta Writing Challenge, we will always use the THIRD given definition. Please note the definition—we’re likely asking you to use the word in a different way than you typically do.

You should write a creative response using the given word. You must use the word, in its correct form, in your response. Your response can be no fewer than 33 and no more than 333 words.

We're looking for creativity, thoughtfulness, and attention to detail. Be artsy; be creative; stretch yourself. Write until your fingers bleed. We want to see your guts spilled out on the page.

Please note:
  1. We accept both fiction and nonfiction, but Trifecta is not the place for political rants that are not connected to an underlying story.  It is also not the place for a journal-like blog post.  Please don't give us a rundown of your day.  We are looking for creative responses that make us think and feel.
  2. If you are using photos or other digital art, please be sure to credit your sources.  Click here for more information.
  3. Your Trifecta submission must stand on its own as a story.  It's fine to use our challenges as a way to further a longer piece you are working on, but please be sure that the segment you submit here is complete on its own, as many of us will not have read your entire work.
  4. Yes, grammar, spelling and punctuation count.  Take yourselves seriously and submit only your best work.
Once you have written a response, you must then post it to your blog and enter your blog post's url in the linky form on Trifecta's home page. You must link to the post where your response is located; links to your blog's home page will not be accepted.  Please also link back to Trifecta's home page somewhere in your post. 

The Weekday Writing Challenge will close Thursday at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.  The editors will carefully read all entries. The top three entries will be mentioned on the weekend blog post, and the best-written entry for that week will be posted in its entirety on  First place winners can also grab this swanky graphic to display on their blogs.

Each third Trifecta challenge will be judged by the community.  Instructions for voting will be in the challenge post.

Trifextra (weekend challenge):

Each Friday, at 9:00 am Eastern Time a weekend challenge will be posted on our main page. Each week there will be a different challenge, with different rules.  All challenges will be based, somehow, on the number three.  This will be a lightning fast challenge that will close on Sunday at 7:00 PM Eastern Time.  Submissions will not be moderated.  All entries will be read carefully by the editors.  The top three entries will be mentioned on the following week's Monday blog post, and the best-written response will be posted in its entirety on the site.

Each third Trifextra will be judged by the Trifecta community.  Instructions for voting will be in the challenge post.

You may enter each challenge once.  Remember: the purpose is to submit your very best work.  Good luck! 

My fertile imagination is already percolating away on this one and I am sure I'll come up with something suitably brilliant for my maiden entry. So feel free to come out & play. Exercise your creativity muscles whenever you can.


  1. Way to go Jeff... They do a weekend 33 words also...x

  2. A nice bit of serendipity, I was was trying to enter for the first time this week as well, but I couldn't get my story beaten into shape in time