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writing challenge: twenty stories from spiritual prompts

a writing challenge community

Please read the information below before posting in the community!

Welcome to the sacred_20 challenge! We are one of many fanfiction challenges on LiveJournal - though we think we have a unique take on the concept. Our goal is to challenge writers, of both fan fiction and original fiction, to think "outside the box" and expand their imaginations. We offer four tables to choose from, with twenty spiritually inspired prompts apiece, for a writer to build a story on.

Make sure to read through the rules carefully before posting.


1. No flaming, no trolling, no spamming. In short: Play nice!

2. All stories should be at least 100 words long. There is, however, no maximum length.

3. Please follow rating guidelines strictly. We use the G - NC17 system at this comm. Click here for an explanation or more information.

4. Don't post until your claim is accepted by the admins, you have received your mandatory posting tag, and you have provided us with a link to your prompt table.


1. Join the comm. (Don't forget this step. :) )

2. Post to the Claims Post with the following information:
     Writer/Journal: (you - or wherever the fics+table will be posted)
     Fandom: (name of series, book, etc)
     Character/Couple/General: (whatever/whomever you will focus on, or the fandom in general)
     Prompt Table: (number of table + link to table on your blog)

3. Wait for a mod to reply with your acceptance and tag.

4. Start posting! And don't forget your tag! We will provide you with one when we accept your claim, and you are expected to tag every post you make with it.
     4a. Include the following info at the top of each post:

     4b. Make sure your story is under an lj-cut or is a fake cut.

5. When you've completed your claim (written a story for each prompt), comment over here.


What are the deadlines? There are no deadlines! You have as much time as you need to complete your fics. We encourage writers to post at least once a month so that they don't taper off entirely.

Can more than one person make a certain claim? Yes, there are no limits to how many people can claim a character or pairing. We just want to know you're doing it!

Can one person make more than one claim? Yes, this is allowed now.

Can each story be a chapter of a continuous fic? Yes, absolutely! Fics in a table can be as related or unrelated as you like.

Can I claim an original series? Yes, of course!

Can I post my stories in other places? Yes, in any community you like. We love the attention it brings the challenge!

Can I write crossovers? Yes. Just include ALL the relevant info in your claim.

Can I write real-person (RP) fic? Yes, this is allowed now.

What if I have to drop a claim? We're sad to hear it, but you can drop a claim at the Drop Claim post. (However, since there are no deadlines and no waiting list, it's probably not necessary.)

Do all my fics have to be about religion? No way! In fact, not at all! The prompts were chosen for their spiritual connotations, but your stories do not have to be religious in ANY WAY WHATSOEVER. The words are just a starting place, and you can use them (or abuse them) in any way you want. So for the prompt Priest, for example, you might think about a leader and followers, the function of a priest (to absolve), confession, or any number of other secular, related ideas.

Does the fic need to include the prompt word? No - it's just there for inspiration.

Can I mix and match prompts and create a table of my own? No, sorry. But your interpretations of the prompt words can be pretty loose (and so many of them are similar anyway).

Can I use a prompt from a different table for my "writer's choice"? Yes, absolutely.

OK, so you're ready to start. You've read the rules, you've joined the comm, you've got your claim all picked out, and you're good to go. The next step is picking out a prompt table!

Table One

01. Communion. 02. Repent. 03. Mazel Tov. 04. Prophet. 05. Silence.
06. Priest. 07. Revelation. 08. Covenant. 09. Pilgrimage. 10. Benediction.
11. Heaven. 12. Hell. 13. Crusade. 14. Karma. 15. Temptation.
16. Exodus. 17. Lamentation. 18. Redemption. 19. Writer's Choice. 20. Writer's Choice.

If you have questions about the words/terms of Table One, please click here.

Table Two

01. Altar. 02. Salvation. 03. Damnation. 04. Praise. 05. Fallen.
06. Shalom. 07. Messiah. 08. Ritual. 09. Purgatory. 10. Illumination.
11. Temple. 12. Mercy. 13. Haram. 14. Creation. 15. Zen.
16. Chosen. 17. Rebirth. 18. Suffering. 19. Writer's Choice. 20. Writer's Choice.

If you have questions about the words/terms of Table Two, please click here.

Table Three

01. Supplication. 02. Angel. 03. Demon. 04. Hallelujah. 05. Sanctification.
06. Yetzer Ra. 07. Judgment. 08. Nirvana. 09. Mecca. 10. Transcendence.
11. Sublime. 12. Veiled Mysteries. 13. Alms. 14. Catechism. 15. Penitent.
16. Set Apart. 17. Resurrection. 18. Meditation. 19. Writer's Choice. 20. Writer's Choice.

If you have questions about the words/terms of Table Three, please click here.

Table Four

01. Miracle. 02. Saint. 03. Sinner. 04. Superstition. 05. Healing.
06. Dogma. 07. Genesis. 08. Apocalypse. 09. Blessing. 10. Curse.
11. Desecrate. 12. Faith. 13. Sanctuary. 14. Atonement. 15. Fate.
16.Reverent. 17.Confession. 18.Forbidden Fruit. 19.Writer's Choice. 20.Writer's Choice.

If you have questions about the words/terms of Table Four, please click here.

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