Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge – August 2019 Theme

If you are brand new to this challenge click here for info on starting and posting:

Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge – Announcement & Info

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August 2019 participant banners (Dropbox link)

Choose the banner that indicates which category you feel that you fall into:

Generally …

Novice – blogging for a year or less


Veteran – blogging for more than a year and/or more experienced writer

Place this banner at the beginning of your blog to indicate which branch of the challenge you are submitting to (Novice or Veteran).

You are on your honor here so pick which one you KNOW you are. NO criticism or challenges!

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August 2019


I thought it would be fun to build a story around a word this month!

This word (in it’s proper usage) must appear at least once in your story.

The word of the month is:

whinge … (h)winj

verb – complain persistently and in a peevish or irritating way.

noun – an act of complaining.


Synonyms of whinge:

beef, bleat, carp, complaint, fuss, grievance, gripe, grouch, grouse, grumble, holler

kvetch, lament, miserere, moan, murmur, plaint, squawk, wail, whimper, whine, 



Up to 500 max


min 3 & max 5


31 August 2019 @ Midnight PST


Post a comment with a link to your submission in the forum thread.  

If you are new to the forum and cannot post a link yet let me know and I will help.

Monthly Simlit Short Story Challenge – forum thread link

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Rules or special considerations:

This is a forum-based challenge.  In the spirit of that please keep your entries FAMILY FRIENDLY and safe for work.  This means NO adult mods, NO adult themes, and NO language.  If you feel that language is an integral part of your story feel free to either use the word “plum” or redact it “S**T.”   Some of you may feel very restricted by this but let me remind you that this will go out across all social media platforms and we cannot control who might see it when.

This is an international competition and some will be writing in their second language so BE KIND!

You can write as many short stories as you wish but only one can be entered for the challenge vote.


  • Participants ARE ALLOWED – even encouraged to let their readers know that they are participating in the challenge …  growing our skills AND our community IS the POINT of all of this.
  • BUT here is the caveat, their readers MUST be encouraged to read all entries and vote in accordance with instructions.  This instruction must be CLEARLY stated by the participant when their readers are informed.

In MOST instances the voting will look like this:

  • Readers will be asked to vote for their top 3 choices in both categories (6 votes total).
  • Any vote received that does not contain 3 votes for each category will be thrown out.
  • This is run thru my blog so I assure you that I will diligently watch the stats. NO ONE will be unfairly targeted, bullied or shunned. 

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Other important links:

FaceBook Page:

Monthly Simlit Short Story Challenge

Blog Info posts:

Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge Table of Contents

Forum Thread:

Monthly Simlit Short Story Challenge – forum thread link

(Be sure you have it bookmarked.)

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Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge Table of Contents






18 thoughts on “Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge – August 2019 Theme

  1. Oh my llama! I laughed when I read the theme. This is a favorite word of mine (when one has or has had teenagers and/or works with them, whinging is a frequent occurrence), and I immediately know about whom I’ll write this month’s story!

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    1. I have always loved her every once in a while Jes does a story that revolves around a word … it’s just so much fun to see the word played out. I can’t wait to see how people interpret it because it can go so many ways!

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  2. This is a cute one, I totally went for the max word count last time so I’m glad we can keep this one short and sweet 😊 Can’t wait to read the entries and have fun everyone ❤ -J2J

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