uselessness's SHOCKING DIALOGUES Challenge!

by uselessness
originally published at 05:36PM on Monday, November 26, 2007

So I’ve never hosted my own challenge, but seeing how it is all the rage these days, I figured I’d finally take a stab at it for my 85th ficlet.

Your mission (if you choose to accept it) is to write a story told entirely in dialogue, and it must feature a jaw-dropping, mind-bending, surprise twist ending!

This will sharpen your skills at writing realistic conversations. Through speech alone, you will establish a world your readers think they understand… and then completely turn it upside-down.

The challenge ends December 3rd, so get writing!

You may submit up to two stories, but please limit each one to a single ficlet (no continuation in sequels for this one).

I’ll judge stories on the quality of the writing and on the unexpectedness of the twist. Also, I’m going to be very picky about spelling and grammar because those are important to me, with generous grace for characters that speak with accents or the like.

Don’t forget, dialogue only. :-)

Budding M. Night Shyamalans, now is your chance!!


  • from ♠Ana Cristina♥:

    OK, this was a cool challenge. Writing only using dialogue is definitely a good way to improve on your skills. Let me know what you think.

  • from THX 0477:

    That was fun to do, though I may have gone a bit too far with my twist ending.


  • from Ariel Christian:

    Hmm… if I can think of a twist I like, I’m in. This sounds like fun, and I’ve enjoyed reading everyone else’s entries so far.

  • from insomniac:

    Good challenge!

  • from uselessness:

    Thanks to everyone who participated! I’ll post the winner here soon…

  • from uselessness:

    Alright, many congratulations all around for a stellar turnout in this challenge! I was blown away by some astounding twists! And now, the winners…

    Honorable Mention: Pop Bottle Pete Loves Big Ida by YodaOnCrack
    3rd Place: You Always Miss Your Brother by pie_is_good
    2nd Place: Abduction by Nick
    1st Place: The Dungeon of My Discontent by Batak Beatrix
    Be sure and congratulate our winners, they really pulled out all the stops for this one!

  • from YodaOnCrack:

    “Yo, Petey, go out and be a good kid and shoot some hoops for a minute! Big Ida got somebody impotent to talk to, yeah, uh-uh, o.k….. Hey Useless – private me when you gonna pay out my prize money.”

  • from uselessness:

    Uhm hmm… about that… Did I mention I’m broke? Ida? IDA ?! YOU ’RE HURTING ME !! PUT ME DOWN RIGHT NOW AND … UM… I’LL GIVE YOU A PEPSI !! Please?

  • from llamaluvsmenotu:

    noooo im tooo late…..noooooooo ; (

  • from uselessness:

    It was a very brief time period for this one, mainly because I didn’t want to have to judge a thousand entries. ;-) However, in just four more ficlets (which could come very soon) I’ll be at 100 and ready to host another challenge. It will also be a fast one. Keep your eyes peeled!