Ray Bradbury Challenge

Est. November 2020



"The best hygiene for beginning writers or intermediate writers is to write a hell of a lot of short stories. If you can write one short story a week—it doesn’t matter what the quality is to start, but at least you’re practicing, and at the end of the year you have 52 short stories, and I defy you to write 52 bad ones. Can’t be done. At the end of 30 weeks or 40 weeks or at the end of the year, all of a sudden a story will come that’s just wonderful.".

- Ray Bradbury

THE RAY BRADBURY CHALLENGE is just a way to keep the juices flowing. There is no prize other than a job well done and a sense of self-satisfaction. If you're a Monica Geller, you might want to check out NaNoWriMo. This isn't a race, it's a personal exercise. Sometimes we need a little kick in the pants to keep us going. Hopefully, knowing others are in it with you will inspire you. 


To keep things easy, we'll be doing a month at a time at various times throughout the year. 

Prompts and Tips

Prompt Two

Two teenage hamsters fall in love and decide to elope.

Read more and join the discussion on our forums.

Prompt Three

In 1952, Bill and Barbara Tupperman invite their neighbors over for dinner and discover they’re from Mars. Read more on the forums.

Prompt Four

A herd of cows on Jasperson’s Farm is planning a revolt. Read more on the forums.

Tips and Guidelines

  • Write one short story every week for four weeks.
  • It doesn't have to be good.
  • It doesn't have to be an original idea.
  • Don't stress about it. Just write.
  • Try not to go back and edit. Don't polish, just write. Ray Bradbury often recommended you write until the end and then edit. See if you can get through all four before you do any editing.
  • Need prompts? Come back here (or follow on Twitter) on April 4th for the first of four prompts to get you started. Using our prompts are optional and there if you need them.
  • At the end of week 4, pat yourself on the back, look over your work and see what you've got. A new short story to elaborate on? A flaming heap of trash? Are you a better writer now than you were 4 weeks ago? Have any new ideas sprouted? Have you surprised yourself?


Have fun!