Mardi Gras Writer’s Challenge!!!! (CANCELLED)


Hi everyone!!!


Welcome to the Mardi Gras Writer’s Challenge.

All information is listed below. If you have any questions, please feel free to email us at

Writing Prompts: 

And Why Beholdest Thou the Mote that is in thy Brother’s Eye:  An arid wind swept up a cloud of sand and the tiniest speck of silica lodged in the corner of his eye.  For a brief moment he saw with a previously unknown clarity, what must be done and how he must do it.

Hell Hath No Fury:  The bridge was too narrow to accommodate pedestrians, but Jim had to cross the river.  The setting sun blinded his vision and his iPod was screaming Layla by Derick and the Dominos in his ears; he was oblivious to the approach of his ex-wife’s car.

Terror in the Night:  A noise off in the desert awoke Brian.  He listened intently for another clue to its source and to triangulate the direction.  Meredith’s sleeping bag lay motionless; he was glad she was undisturbed.  The eerie silence continued for almost a quarter hour, leading Brian to believe that whatever had interrupted his sleep had either left or was never there to begin with.  Finally, as a comforting cloud of sleep began to descend a scream of violent death pierced the night.


1–One entry per person.

2– The author is responsible for their own editing. Each story will be published as it’s been submitted by you.

3– Word count requirements: 1,000-2,500 for short stories

100 – 1,000 words for poems

4– The entry can either be a poem or a short story. 

All entries are to be submitted to

Deadline: February 26, 2014 

Voting: February 27 – March 2, 2014

Mardi Gras Queen/King crowned (winner announced): March 4, 2014

Voting rules: 

The public will vote on their favorite entry by poll. The author with the most votes wins. Once voting ends, we will announce the winner by crowning them this years Mardi Gras Queen/King, and they will have the choice of choosing their prize.

Prizes to choose from: 1) personalized journal; 2) On Writing by Stephen King (paperback or kindle edition);  3) Modus Operandi: A Writer’s Guide to How Criminals Work; 4) Dictionary of Symbolism

3 thoughts on “Mardi Gras Writer’s Challenge!!!! (CANCELLED)

  1. I just found this site, and I am bummed you no longer offer the Mardi Gras challenge. Do all the challenges require a strict adherence to the prompts provided?

    • Hi Sheri 🙂
      Thank you for commenting. We are going to hold a 4th of July Writer’s Challenge for those interested. Details will be announced soon. Be sure to “follow” us so that you don’t miss out. There will be prizes included as well.

      The prompts provided are there to inspire something out of you. You can either use the prompt word by word to get the creative gears going or you may create something that was inspired by them. As long as it comes close to the prompts, so that we can tell that this is a fresh newly written story and not one that others have had in their files over the years.

      Thank you for writing! If you ever have any other questions, please feel free to write us. 🙂

      A. Joleigh

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