so, I have this list…

So I Have This List

So, I have this list…

**scroll lower for contest information and rules**

I am a list maker. There is a great deal of satisfaction in making a to-do list and gradually ticking off each item. Of course, I always add easy activities like “open curtains” or “watch TV”, things I know I can accomplish.

About a year ago, I created a list of story prompts to pull out whenever I needed inspiration. The prompts turned out to be anything from a single word to a full idea. Here is a sampling of that list:

1. A vampire and a werewolf go on a blind date. Hilarity ensues. (I’ve actually written a story for this one, called Taking Chance.)

2. what the butler saw

3. shoe store shenanigans (The Red Shoes came from that one.)

4. pizza delivery man/bachelorette party (or bachelor party)

6. two golfers, a golf course and a horny caddy (I never said any of these made sense)

7. backstage pass

8. spontaneous office sex (This one has inspired a lot of stories!)

9. blind date arrives dressed as a clown

10. hot sex in a rickshaw (see #6)

11. two undercover cops on a stakeout are bored and horny

12. after the bowling alley closes (Literary masterpiece in the making right there!)

13. oops, I sexted my boss

14. private detective is seduced by the cheating spouse he/she is following

15. bar fight turns orgy

And there you have it, a small sampling of 57 prompts I have squirreled away for future use. Would you like to use one of these prompts? How about if I sweeten the deal with a contest? Yeah? You’re in? Awesomeness!!

story contest

Oleander’s “Pick a prompt, any prompt” contest info:

1. Pick a prompt and write a story based on the prompt, approximately 500 – 1500 words. (Don’t sweat the word count, let your story be your guide. You won’t be disqualified for going over or under.)

2. Post it on your blog and send me the link before June 24, 2015. (If you do not have a blog, I will post it on mine, no problem.) Please link back to this list and let everyone know which prompt number you picked.  (I am at oleanderplume@poisonpendirtymind.com)

3. I will read the entries as they come in and announce my top three on or before midnight (Chicago time) June 30th, 2015.

4. There will be prizes!!! (Yes, I will bribe you to enter!) Of course, I am making this up as I go along, so I will announce the prizes later. (Soon!)

Contest rules:

1. Any gender pairing is perfectly fine with me.

2. Any genre is great, but, (and this is most important), your story must be sex positive. Again, I have a great deal of respect for all writers and genres. However, I can’t judge a story that I can’t read. Please, no humiliation, rape or even a hint of non-consensual sex. If you’re not sure what I mean, drop me an email, or better yet, read some of the entries that are posted here. The pieces that have been submitted so far are perfect! They are a joy to read and fit the parameters perfectly.

3. Judging will be based solely on the quality of your story, so no worries if your grammar isn’t perfect, and no points off for typos, either. So weave a yarn, spin a tale, make it original, make it great, but make it dirty! (Extra points if you make me laugh.) **Never written erotica before? Remember, you don’t have to be explicit, stay in your own personal comfort zone.**

4. This contest is open to all writers, published and non-published, serious wordsmiths and hobbyists, new voices and seasoned pros.

5. Your story MUST be based off one of the 18 prompts listed. No exceptions. (You can use the prompts that are in the above graphic.)

6. Like to write taboo? As long as it doesn’t include rape or pedophilia, go for it. But can we please keep the stories gluten-free? Thanks! (Just kidding about the gluten-free!)

7. Have fun!

Click here to read the submissions! (Updated as the stories fly in.)

 

For further inspiration, click the rainbow!

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This Post Has 43 Comments
  1. I have a similar to do list everyday, normally it gets refreshed everyday before going to bed. I mark every item as done, after I do it, and try to make at least 8 out of 10. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I will be there aloha! Haven’t decided which prompt yet, and awesomeness is my favoritist word. (Two non words = silliness, which of course I am. Silly that is)

  3. […] Oleander Plume threw out a challenge. She has this list, see. A list of story […]

  4. 12. after the bowling alley closes (Literary masterpiece in the making right there!)
    Challenge Accepted! I am so excited about this! I’m sorry I am starting so late.

  5. I’ll pick up that gauntlet. So many of these sparked story ideas that I am going to have an interesting time choosing just one.

    There is something intriguing about hot sex in a rickshaw that is nibbling the tip of my earlobe.

  6. These prompts are genius! I’m actually going to write out some stories based around these, just to test my creativity.

  7. […] good while ago now, the wickedly wonderful Oleander Plume shared a bunch of her story prompts, throwing down the challenge for us to write something based on one of […]

  8. Okay, I couldn’t resist the rickshaw prompt, so I have a last-minute entry. Just sent it along. Might be too long for the contest, but it was a fun challenge. 😉

  9. […] There was a Wicked Wednesday prompt that was lists, and putting her own special spin on it Oleander over at PoisonPenDirtyMind decided to use it as an opportunity to share part of her list of writing prompts. And taking it one step further she invited her readers to use one of the prompts to inspire them to write an entry for her contest. […]

  10. dang… I found about this prompt competition today! poo! poo! dammit! so many fun prompts to work with! I need to find a way to keep up to speed with these things….

  11. […] The last Wicked Wednesday prompt was lists, and putting her own special spin on it Oleander over at PoisonPenDirtyMind decided to use it as an opportunity to share part of her list of writing prompts. And taking it one step further she invited her readers to use one of the prompts to inspire them to write an entry for her contest. […]

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