20 Ficlets: This Calls For A Challenge

by artistsrunwild
originally published at 03:42AM on Sunday, September 30, 2007

Now I know it’s common folklore and tradition that when a ficlet writer comes of age: has written 100 ficlets – it is their duty to celebrate by inflicting…I mean by inspiring fellow Ficleters by issuing a challenge.
Seeing as I am new to this and am of the more avant-garde lifestyle, I have decided to go against the trend.

What’s that you say?! Someone defying the unwritten rules of this sacred website?!

Yes, yes I know it’s frightening but in time, you will come to see that I am not rebelling against tradition but rather starting early. I will issue a challenge for every 20 ficlets I write…thus in 4 challenges time, I will have written 100.

Hurry up and tell us the challenge, artistsrunwild.

Alright, keep your pants on.
My challenge is this:
Write a ficlet focused on one or more REAL phobias.

I will post a sequel with an example. The more obscure phobia the better.
Winner [and 2nd, 3rd, HC] will be announced on the 3rd Nov – when I have a break in exams.

So, my ficlet friends – GET WRITING !!




  • from artistsrunwild:

    Thank you everyone who has entered my challenge

    i changed it so that it has to be REAL phobias, just to make it more challenging

    but dw seeing as i only did it just then…you won’t be disqualified if you’ve already written one about a imaginary phobia

    but from now on – real phobia’s only!

  • from Stovohobo:

    Okay, sorry, I hadn’t even found this challenge before I wrote a ficlet about the fear of the number thirteen! So, yes, I guess mine could count as an entry, please. Thanks.

  • from artistsrunwild:

    Consider it done :)

    PLUS its always good publicity to have an entry by you in the comp!

    STOVOHOBO ”S ENTRY = http://ficlets.com/stories/10629

  • from Kermitgorf:

    http://www.phobialist.com/#E- a cool site with phobia list, might find a good one to write about.

  • from Laine the Grey:

    Okay, lemme first say, that linophobia is real. (fear of stringbeans) If it’s not, blame Lois H. Gresh.

  • from YodaOnCrack:

    Interesting idea – I’ll try to find time to participate in this one too… BTW , nice web site, Kermitgorf.

  • from Alexa ♥:

    I have now diagnosed myself with a number of phobias, including the ones I wrote about.

  • from Kermitgorf:

    These entries are among the best i’ve read in any challenge so far, I don’t know how you’re going to judge this artistsrunwild!

  • from uselessness:

    I like this challenge, thanks for the inspiration!

  • from Laine the Grey:

    BTW : Most of us did write a challenge at either our 20th or 25th, but as of late, it has become customary to write one every 50th or 100.

  • from Lone Writer:

    Sweet challenge. I’m totally going to enter.
    runs off to write phobia inspiring ficlet

  • from Distant Rose:

    Maybe I’ll enter too…
    This could be interesting…

  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    OK, this was a toughie, but I wrote a ficlet on chirophobia. It’s not perfect, but I did achieve “ficlet nirvana.” :p
    Thanks to Kermitgorf for posting the link on the phobia list.
    Go here to read:

  • from One Time, One Chance:

    hahha, idk bout mine, but nicee challenge =]