Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: February 2020 Theme & January 2020 Submissions (Winner’s Update)

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Please note:

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

February  2020


To celebrate the new year and the new decade, in January 2020 we started a NEW thing.

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 if we allow it, will jog us past the comfort of our well worn predictable creative paths.

This month, February 2020, choose an antagonist from the January 2020 entries and integrate them into your protagonist’s story.

(You should be able to find them for DL in the gallery.

Please be kind and link the blog of your antagonist choice to your story so that the originator will get recognized too. 

ANY questions please ask me.)

Some of my ramblings ❤

Please note that you do not have to find a villain!

It is true that often, the antagonist is a villain, BUT they don’t necessarily have to be.

Remember an antagonist is one that contends with or opposes … is somehow against the protagonist.

It can be an opponent, competitor, rival or they just maybe someone who has a different agenda.

Think outside of the box.

The antagonist is the principal source of conflict for the protagonist in your story.

In your February offering tell us about this conflicted relationship.

You can creatively incorporate the new sim into your story situation BUT you must play them as the person presented.

** Second chance **

If you missed the deadline to submit your protagonist for the monthly vote IT IS NOT TOO LATE to join the fun.

Muse on and create your protagonist.

Chose your antagonist.

Start your story from here.

I have given more breathing room in the word count for February so that it will allow you to flesh out your protagonist a bit as you address their relationship with their antagonist.

The only thing you will not be eligible for is the January vote and to have your protagonist participate as an antagonist in a fellow scribblers story.




Up to 1000 max (giving you more elbow room)


min 4 to max 10


29 February 2020 @ Midnight PST


Post your story on your blog AND here.

(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


February 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).



Part two – Past month submissions

Vote & Winner’s Update

By reader’s vote the winners for January 2020 are:

Veteran Catagory

1st Place Meet Jayne Ayer 

1st Place Lonely Girl of the Windy Isle

1st Place The Book of Life and Death

2nd Place Dawn, The Good One

3rd Place CJ Bonnaview (A Sims 4 Short Story)

3rd Place The Life of Veronica Grey

All of the votes were incredibly close .. job well done!  If we had a fourth-place all the rest would have gotten a banner .. 4th all tied up ONE vote under #3.

Novice Catagory

1st Place The Vengeance of Sulani

2nd Place Valley of Angels

3rd Place  The History of Matilda


January 2020 Submissions:

This month the challenge was to create and introduce a protagonist .. the story’s main character.

As you read, what characters do you now feel you know and are connected with?

The choice is yours, the reader.

You pick the challenge winners!

Voting closes 7 February 2020 at midnight PST

GL everyone!

Vet Participant jan 20

MSSSC Submissions Veteran –

CJ Bonnaview (A Sims 4 Short Story)

The Life of Veronica Grey

Short Story: Lucian

Castaway Todd

January: Michelle

The Book of Life and Death

Dawn, The Good One

Please remember to pick your 3 favorites in the poll.


*Veteran vote link*


Novice Participant jan 20

MSSSC Submissions novice –

Valley of Angels

The History of Matilda

The Vengeance of Sulani

Please pick your 2 favorites.


*Novice vote link


Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge – Table of contents


24 thoughts on “Monthly SimLit Short Story Challenge: February 2020 Theme & January 2020 Submissions (Winner’s Update)

  1. What a great set of characters to select from. I have a couple of next phase story ideas, but I am settled on one already and can’t wait to get started on my own as well as to see what everyone comes up with next month! Good luck everyone, and happy scribbling.

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  2. I really want to participate in February’s challenge, but I’m a little confused. Do I have to write a short story for January, then write one for February using the sims other people submitted? Or will I have to write *one* story that both introduces the protagonist that I created and the antagonist someone else created?

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    1. No need to write 2 short story (unless you want to) .. just one that gives a bit of their story and using a sim submitted in Jan. Now if you want to have your sim included for the next month then be sure to upload to the gallery and give info or a link to help someone find it in the gallery .. so the choice is yours do something as simple as one story and a sim or if you love your new character then give them a good start. If you do that you can link back to that start in your blog AND post it in the SSSC forum thread. I am good with any and look forward to seeing your sub ❤

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      1. Okay…I voted on the SimLits for January. Everyone did such a great job. It was hard to pick only five!
        Also, I just wanted to say that I filled out a Reedsy profile for Uri. It’s the sixth post down on the 48th page of the forum thread.

        Good luck everyone! 🙂

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