writing challenge round-up

On September 15th, inspired by the rather bizarre search terms used to arrive at my website, qazyfiction, I decided to challenge myself and other writers to use these very search terms in a short story.

The search terms were:

• witch lick feet
• took her towel
• a door upstairs
• kidnapping fantasies
• tightened around her belly
• push her head down
• slavers

[For full details of the writing challenge rules, see the original post.]

Who was crazy enough to take up the challenge? As it happens, four people were.


MCM: Yellow Towel

MCM was the first to submit an entry for the challenge, and out of all the entries probably wins hands down for most bizarre and disturbing. The main plot line is based on a perhaps unintuitive (but clever) reading of “kidnapping fantasies”.

Zoe E. Whitten: Witch Lick Feet

At 85 words, Zoe’s submission is the shortest of the bunch, a scene out of some fetish story that I’d love to read. I have to admit to being very impressed that Zoe could fit six rather odd search terms in what amounts to a paragraph!

Merrilee Faber: Sea Song

Only starting a few days before the deadline, Merrilee managed to churn out an original sea-story with mythic overtones, a slightly eerie tale which I found a little bitter-sweet, in a good way.

A. M. Harte: Witch Lick Feet

I had a lot of fun with this, and (due to being challenged) strived to make my story at the very least less disturbing than MCM’s. I think I succeeded.


Have you read all of the entries above?

Good. Now let us now what you think!

Vote for your favourite using the poll below. Voting will close October 8th at midnight GMT. The winner will receive eternal fame and glory. ;) [Oct. 9th: Voting “closed” last night, and a winner was determined. The poll shall remain open for future readers, but will have no bearing on this round’s winner.]


About A.M. Harte

A.M. Harte writes twisted speculative fiction, such as the post-apocalyptic Above Ground and the zombie love anthology Hungry For You. She is excellent at missing deadlines, has long forgotten what ‘free time’ means, and is utterly addicted to chocolate.
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3 Responses to writing challenge round-up

  1. Oh, I forgot to add that I am busy scheming up a second searchterm based writing challenge. Stay tuned for more details – probably will have it all sorted out for when voting closes!

  2. Alex Moore says:

    i can’t believe i find all the cool sites two days too late :P

    what a beaut of an idea!

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