Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: January 2020 Theme & November/December 2019 Submissions (Winner’s Update)

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Please note that I have changed the blogging format for the challenge. 

It is now all in an easy to find “One-stop shopping” Update.  

Part 1 of this blog will present the upcoming monthly theme, banner links and challenge specifics for the month.

Part 2 will contain links to the previous month’s submissions and a link to vote in each category (veteran or novice).  After the vote closes an update to this blog post will be made to announce the winners in each category.

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

Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge – Announcement & Info


Part one –  New Theme:

January  2020


To celebrate the new year and the new decade I am wanting to do a NEW thing.

How about a little exercise in cooperative creativity?

A writing collab of sorts, if you will.

A new story for all of us that will cross blog-lines and will grow us past the comfort of our well worn creative paths.

First, this month, create a character.

A brand new one.

Any kind you want but try to push past your comfort zone.

Stretch a bit outside of your norm BUT please outside of your established stories.

In your story, introduce us to your character and their backstory.

Using 1st or 3rd person,  tell us what we need to know about them.

Brainstorm it out with ideas like (but not limited to)  …

What are their strengths or weaknesses

Character traits

Are they a classic archetype

What is their greatest desire

Where do they live

Where do they work

Where do they come from

or where ever you want your backstory to go.

I cannot wait to meet them!

(more info can be found at MSSSC Forum info  )


*** Upload your character to the gallery or another download site and provide a link or DL info in your blog ***

Since this character will need to be accessible to your fellow writers,  please go easy on the cc and PLEASE do not violate any cc artist TOUs by sharing fully loaded (with cc) CAS files.  You can provide links to the cc in your blog.  In the forum use the hashtag #MSSSC


Up to 800 max


min 4 to max 8


31 January 2020 @ Midnight PST


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

January 2020 participant banners

(Dropbox Link)

Submit in one of two categories.

Generally …

Novice – blogging for a year or less


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

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

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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


Part two – Nov/Dec 2019 Submissions,

Vote & Winner’s Update

By reader’s vote the winners for NOV/DEC 2019 are:

Veteran Catagory

1st Place  Watching Through Windows

2nd Place  All That Matters (A Sims 4 Short Story)

3rd Place  Pidgin

The vote was closer than you can imagine .. 1 vote between the top 3 and only 3 votes separated the tie for fourth from the winner.

AWESOME JOB scribblers!!

Novice Catagory – no entries


Nov/Dec’s Submissions:

You pick the challenge winners!

Voting closes 9 January 2020 at midnight PST

GL everyone!

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Vet Participant nov dec 19

MSSSC Submissions Veteran –


This Is Family

Watching Through Windows

November: Blood and Water

All That Matters (A Sims 4 Short Story)


Please remember to pick your 3 favorites in the poll.

*Veteran vote link*



Novice Participant nov dec 19

MSSSC Submissions novice –


Please remember to pick your 3 favorites.

*Novice vote link* 


Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge – Table of contents


22 thoughts on “Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: January 2020 Theme & November/December 2019 Submissions (Winner’s Update)

  1. Interesting theme! So if I’m understanding this correctly, I have to write the backstory of a character and upload them to the Gallery, which another writer will use to write a new story?

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  2. Hi, hi! Sounds cool! I have a few questions, too, like Divan. Are we to write about our character or are we to download a character created by another for this project and write our story about them?

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    1. The first one we’re going to do is our own protagonist. I think I’m going to sit down tonight and do a pie exclamation of the vision of this challenge. I was trying to keep the lookahead kind of secret but it may have caused too much confusion

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  3. Great idea! I am going to do what I so often do and say “I am inspired. I am going to try to do this”, but then I don’t. Well, I have good intentions and I will see if I can because I am aching for some creativity in my life these days and I miss all of this. And… I am off to read and vote.

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