31 Days

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a day-by-day themed writing challenge
Welcome to 31_days This is your usual prompt challenge community, but the difference here is that each theme corresponds to a specific day of the month and participants have to follow this theme/day calendar when posting their submissions.

May Themes

01. Only then I am human
02. the wretched and joyful
03. No better version of me
04. How pure, how sweet a love
05. Now at last the worst is over
06. Innocence died screaming
07. Your hand in my hand
08. So we're slaves to any semblance of touch
09. Heaven and hell were words to me
10. About that night
11. You'll hear me howling outside your door
12. When the land was godless and free
13. I walk my days on a wire
14. the darkness hums
15. Foaming with loneliness
16. I heard voices
17. Flowers grow where I'm laid to rest
18. Staring in the blackness at some distant star
19. A long-long time ago
20. A million dead-end streets
21. All the nightmares came today
22. How you moved is all it takes
23. I'll stick with you baby for a thousand years
24. We could steal time, just for one day
25. Sordid details following
26. heart beating loud as thunder
27. under the moonlight, this serious moonlight
28. the path between the stars
29. I move the stars for no one
30. at the centre of it all, your eyes
31. scars that can’t be seen


1. To reiterate -- you can only post fic for a theme on the day where that theme falls. For example, you'd like to write a fic based on the theme "This red, red moon," which falls on August 22. Even if you've finished your fic days or weeks beforehand, you'll have to wait till the 22nd before you post it.

2. The final day of each month is "Amnesty Day". On this day you can post fics for any previous prompts.

3. No bulk posts, please. Let's say that you plan to write a continuous fic based on Themes 1-7, and you can do that; nevertheless, you'll still have to post each part/theme separately, following the calendar. Only one theme per day.

4. There are no sign-ups. You are free to choose any character or pairing you want. You also don't have to choose just one character or one pairing. If you'd like to write 31 different characters or 31 different fandoms for all 31 days of the month, you can pick and switch as you will.

5. That being said, you don't have to write for the entire 31 days, just whenever you can. Being a member of the community also does not automatically oblige you to participate if you don't want to. However, please note that you cannot post to the community if you are not a member even if you've added the comm to your flist.

6. Genre is an open choice.

7. Ratings may range from G to NC-17 as long as you label your fics properly. Please consult posting format below.

8. Fan art contributions and original fiction are also welcome.

Posting Format

Subject line: please at least put the date you're writing for, and if you're posting an amnesty fic on the last day of the month, put "Amnesty" in there too.

On the entry itself, something similar to:


Please post all fics under a lj-cut.



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