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Sunday, March 28, 2021

Reedsy Prompts: Fool Me Once

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Deadline: April 2, 2021 11:59pm EST

Short Story Contest — $50 Reward

From trickster gods to office pranks, humans have long been fascinated by mischief and mayhem. There’s just something about breaking free of the rules of polite society and causing a bit of chaos that appeals deeply to our psyche.

This week, let’s embrace that playful spirit. Whether it’s someone being pranked or doing the pranking, there’s plenty of opportunity to dive deep into your characters’ motives and reactions. No joke — it’s time to break out the (metaphorical) cream pies and throw some anarchy at your protagonists.
  • Write about a mischievous pixie or trickster god.
  • Write about someone who’s spent a whole year planning a big prank, and now they’re finally ready to pull it off. 
  • Write about someone who hates pranks and spends April Fools’ Day doing good deeds instead.
  • Start your story with a big company pulling an April Fools’ prank that ends up going horribly wrong.
  • Write about someone who goes to great lengths to avoid being pranked on April 1st, only to realize they had the date wrong and it’s already April 2nd.

Reedsy challenges you to create a short story based on these prompts. Winners will be featured on Reedsy Prompts and receive $50 via PayPal! In order to have your story considered, it is important you follow the submission guidelines below.

Submission Guidelines:
Choose a prompt from this week's contest page.
Write an original story of 1,000-3,000 words.
Tag your submission with up to 3 categories.
Submit the story from your Reedsy Prompts profile before 11:59pm EST on April 2nd.

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