After 15 challenges, the Form and Genre Challenge is taking a month’s break. We recognise producing quality writing week-in, week-out is exhausting, and just as schools and universities close down for breaks between terms, so are we.
The intention behind The Challenge was not just to coax writers out of their comfort zones, but to develop solid writing habits and practices around creating quality stories: picking a “market” and setting goals; working unique ideas through several drafts—polishing and refining at each stage; developing relationships with other writers through beta-reading and line-editing; and throughout managing time to present the best possible stories and poems. This is tough if you are doing it all in a week, every week. It’s also a huge workload in terms of judging and administration.
So—the Challenges are on hold for a month, to allow us time to catch up on administration and judging. Next week we’ll post a revised schedule of challenges, including a built-in rest week each month.
For now, have a small rest and make the effort to go out and get to know your co-challengers outside the weekly submission platform… then start setting goals! Make plans, harvest ideas and put it all in motion for July!