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Write a single-post short story in response to a prompt chosen weekly (posted with the #WedC tag).

How it works

  • Write a 1-post entry based around the week’s theme, chosen each Wednesday.
  • Post it, remembering to include either the tag #WedC (preferred) or #WednesdayChallenge if your muse isn’t being helpful and you need to fill space!

More answers to questions

  • An extended version can be posted elsewhere (e.g. your own blog).
  • Though the challenge starts on Wednesday there are no pressures to hit deadlines - writing runs for the full week. You don’t even have to publicize your involvement, if writing is the thing that spreads your toes.
  • Given the 256-character post limit most people will use #WedC. The original #WednesdayChallenge tag was abbreviated in response to the inevitable observation that 14 superfluous character of tag is silly.


On, @nitinkhanna called for the first Wednesday Challenge[1] and @duerig, creator of Patter, suggested it be a weekly thing[2]. This conversation took place in the Writers Write room set up by @richardleis.[3], who introduced the #hourofwriting[4], a similar challenge activity, during which people write at the same time for an hour non-stop.

Previous Prompts

  • November 21: "cruft"
  • November 14: improvise
  • November 7: "with a grain of salt"
  • October 31: "hollow"
  • October 24: "dead battery"
  • October 17: "supertramp"
  • October 10: "register"
  • October 3: "comte"
  • September 26: "Victorian hat"
  • September 19: "green"
  • September 12: "team building"
  • September 5: "underscore"
  • August 29: "cabal"
  • August 8: "insomnia"
  • August 1: "readme"
  • July 25: "wildfire"
  • June 27: "Double take"
  • June 20: "swelter"
  • June 6: "🍁"
  • May 30: "Ring of Honor"
  • May 23: "paraph"
  • May 16: "euphoria?"
  • May 9: "loss"
  • April 30: "airport"
  • April 25: "paint"
  • April 11: "bananas"
  • April 4: "lamb"
  • March 28: "yegg"
  • March 14: "moon"
  • February 21: "rān|reyn|reɪn"


“Guten Abend, nach altem Brauch (#WednesdayChallenge) rufe ich auf, eine kurze Geschichte zu schreiben. Sie passe in 256 Zeichen, trage das Zeichen #WedC oder #MitC und treffe das Thema dieser Woche “Links” (Deutsch oder Englisch) #MittwochsChallenge


  • ^ #WednesdayChallenge - @nitinkhanna: Write a short story in 256 characters involving the words "Pope","battle" and "moon".The wilder the better. :) -, March 13 2013.
  • ^ #@duerig: That was fun. We should do this every wednesday. - Writer's Write Patter archive, March 13 2013
  • ^ #@pamdavis: We also used to do #hourofwriting, which anyone could call for. That was started by the room owner @richardleis. -, October 2013 recollection.
  • ^ #@richardleis: I got the idea for #hourofwriting from Jane Espenson (TV writer and producer). She often calls for one on Twitter. Hope your writing is going well! -, April 2013.
  • ^ #@thelma: @duerig That actually sounds great! If @bazbt3 and @annatarkov concur, we can let everyone know? @nitinkhanna said he wanted to sit this week out. -, October 2013