Stories on Fire: Prompt Day 2

Did you finish your story? Did you get words in? Tell us about it here

We’re tracking to reach our goals this year. Together we’ll go further!

If you want to track your progress, check this out.

Theme: Animals

Prompt 1
Visualize a moment when a group of animals ingeniously escapes from a zoo. What sparked their plan?

Prompt 2
Use this sentence in the story:
Maximum efficiency yields the best results.

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For many of you, you’ve got a fun new adventure!

We are going to be tracking our progress this year – together – this is going to be best suited for those who are participating for the polish and editing portion of our challenge.

To be tracked, you’ll go through this form

Everyday you’ll finish your story or wordcount and add it to the reporting sheet. At the end of the week, we’ll leave an announcement about our progress in the discord.

This will also be a challenge for the event coordinator, Catrina Taylor aka TheLadyWrites. She has committed to stream for 12 hours if we can report in 90 completed short stories.

Themes Selected for Stories on Fire

We have four themes for the next 31 days of short story writing! Each week you’ll look at the daily prompts and fit them into the given theme.

Today I’m sharing our Themes for the month!


Week 1 – Animals

Weave any animal into your stories for each of the prompts during the week. There will be 7 story prompts and we’ll be excited to see your stories!

Week 2 – Extraterrestrial threats

No we don’t mean aliens, well… it could be aliens, but really it’s not just aliens.

Week 3 – War and Strife

Yes, we do actually mean war. Write about its affect on people, or a moment in a given war, or whatever comes to mind that inspires you but keeps a thread woven around war. Maybe you can spend the whole week dedicated to a series of stories in a given situation.

Week 4 – Utopia

But is it really? Guess our stories will share it. Find a good tale to tell with the prompts that fits into a Utopia.

AH! Now the Questions –

Do you have to use the Theme? Nope. It’s up to you. It will make the process of selecting stories for a collection easier when we’re getting through the polish and publishing process. You don’t need to use it though.

Do you have to use the prompts? Nope. This isn’t needed either. The goal is to end up with more stories than you started the month with. This is a way to inspire those.

Any other questions? Let us know!

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Themes for Stories on Fire 2024

In September 2023 we began using Themes as part of our weekly updates. This gives us a specific tread to pull through each of our stories for a given week. The themes change each week so we’ll have to pay attention to that.

With the first of January coming on a Monday this year, we’ll be changing our themes on that first day of the work week every week.

Daily we’ll have new prompts that will be fit into the theme.

For example:

The first Theme is animals.

IF the first prompt was ‘Imagine swimming in the pond.’ Your short story should include animals in that experience/story in some manner.

With that in mind, when it’s time to pick stories that we are going to be editing for our collections or our full individual releases, having a theme will make that easier.

I can’t wait to see all of you on Launch Day!

A Year of Publishing – Tracking

Stories on Fire will be tracking progress this year!

To get started, sign up through this form. From there, you’ll get a link to the tracking form. That form will enable you to update your word count and your story count daily.

We’ll use this to track those who are continuing through the editing process with us this year. By signing up here, we will be able to pair everyone up and ensure everyone gets the support they need so we can all reach the goal of writing, polishing, and publishing!

Stories on Fire Prompt 19

Theme: Messages from afar


Imagine moving into an older home and discovering long lost letters that tell a story when brought together.

or use this sentence in the story:

A carefully folded paper comes out of the sealed box.