Writers – Your Challenge Today Is…

Good morning to all you writers and would-be writers out there in Ape Land. Because I have nothing better to do, I thought I’d issue a challenge to see just how good you are. It is not my original idea, I stole it. But I will lay claim to it if asked.

Here is the challenge: Can you write a short story of seventy-nine (79) words (not counting the title) with a plot and characterization?

My humble offering is below. And to save you the trouble of looking it up (as I had to) Sisyphus was the king of Ephyra. He was punished for his self-aggrandizing craftiness and deceitfulness by being compelled to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down; repeating this action for eternity.


If you are half as good as you think you are, you’ll take up my challenge. Please inundate Chris with them by email. I’m sure he won’t mind. I mean, what else has he to do?

P.S. I entered the contest from whence I stole the idea . . . I didn’t win.


I hear his footfalls, as I do every day. He stops in front of my cell as he does every day. He smiles his evil smile, and says, “Are you ready, boy?”

Every day I am given a task to complete. If accomplished, I will be set free. However, the tasks are always inexecutable.

Today,” says he, “I want a story. It must be exactly seventy-nine words and have a plot and characterization.”

Damn you all to hell warden!”

Andrew Joyce



Anyone who emails their entry to me at : tsraauthorarticles (AT) gmail (DOT) com, Subject: 79 WORDS, risks having it posted on my blog, complete with their Name, Blog link and the photo that they NEED TO SEND ME…



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