Shay and I decided that it would be fun to bring back something Luna had a very, very long time ago: Monthly Challenges. Because this is the first time for most, this post includes a handy FAQ.EDIT: Since the forums were down for most of May, these are due at the end of June and will be featured as a series in July's announcements.What are they?
We give you a prompt at the beginning of the month, you write a story for it, tell us about it in this thread, and we put it into a series and link the series in the following month's announcements.Is it fandom-specific?
We may use something like poetry, out-of-your-box, or OF as a challenge theme, but it will otherwise never be specific to one genre or fandom.Is there a limit on ratings or warnings?
There is no limit on ratings, warnings, story types, fandoms, or content unless otherwise specified in a given month. (The only time there would likely be a limit would be if the challenge was to write a children's story.)Isn't that like the challenge section?
A bit, but this is more official.Can I submit my suggestions for prompts?
The thread for suggestions is hereDo I link my own story here?
Yes. Once you have at least one chapter posted for the prompt, you link it here.Is there a deadline?
Yes. It has to be submitted before the next announcements go up, so by the last day of the month.Can I submit something I wrote last year if it fits the prompt?
No. We're looking for new stories.
I know one of the first two prompts is a common one. It was chosen because it's been a VERY long time since there were regular monthly challenges. It's been so long, in fact, that the majority of users joined after they had stopped, so we needed an easy one to get people used to the idea without scaring them away. In the future, they're more likely to be a bit more complex. There may even be ones with easy, medium, and hard variations on the same prompt.
(For those of you who are not validated, if your monthly challenge story is sitting in the queue close to the end of the month, let a mod know and also tell them that it's for the monthly challenge, since that negates the two-week rule on asking about stories.)