Stories written for our group's annual tradition of writing stories for each other during the month of December.
For the January challenge, participants could choose any unused prompt from the year's challenges or submit a story they didn't finish on time for a previous challenge.
The March 2017 challenge had the theme "Spring Fever" and asked for hurt/comfort stories set in the springtime. Elements for the challenge were healing herbs.
The May 2017 challenge had the theme "Back Garden of a Dream". This challenge was inspired by a technique Tolkien often used in his writing, where his settings became so distinctive that they seemed to have personalities and function almost as characters in their own rights. For this challenge, stories used the setting as a key component of the story. Elements for the challenge were a setting detail.
An anthology of stories submitted for the July 2010 Challenge. The theme was "Short and Sweet", and all stories were fixed-length-ficlets. Each author chose a number between 101 and 400, and wrote a story to that exact word-count.
Parent Series: None
Categories: Challenge Stories, The Lord of the Rings
Genres: Anthology, Fixed-length Ficlet (other than drabble)
The August Challenge has the theme of "Two Sides to Everything". Each story was to include a debate, argument or disagreement between two or more characters. The element for these stories was a particular topic of debate.
The September Challenge has the theme of "Back to School". Each story was to deal in some way with education, whether in a formal or informal manner. The element for these stories was to be a subject of study, such as reading, arithmetic, history, music, etc.
The October Challenge had the theme "Believe It or Not!" The prompt for these stories was an adjective conveying a certain mood. Each story was to include a supernatural or unbelievable element.
The 2010 November Challenge with the theme "Pairs" was drabbles. These are "true drabbles" of exactly 100 words. Elements for the challenge were two words that seem to "go together" in a pair, such as "black, white" or "night, day" (they may or may *not* all be opposites) and were used in the drabbles.
Our annual Yule Fic Exchange in which authors are paired with the request of another writer.
The January Potluck Challenge is an annual challenge that consists of all the leftover elements from last year's challenges and each author was invited to choose her own prompts from among the "leftovers".
The February Challenge had the theme "Hearts and Flowers". Each participating writer was given three elements: a type of love (puppy,true,etc.), a type of heart (joyful, broken, etc.) and a flower.
The 2011 March Challenge had the theme "Lion and Lamb." Each author was given a pair of contradictory adjectives and had to show a character exhibiting both in their personality.
The 2011 April Challenge had the theme "Poetry." Each participant was given a single word to be used in the poem.
The August 2011 Challenge had the theme "Nonfiction." There was no element for this challenge; rather, we encouraged all members to submit essays, research articles, and other nonfictional works related to Tolkien's mythos.
The September 2011 Challenge had the theme "Hit the Books"; the theme was "reading", and the prompt was the title of a well-known book, which authors will also used as the title of their own story.
The October 2011 Challenge had the theme "Think Outside the Box!" Stories for this challenge were to be "against your type": authors who normally wrote fluff, were to write angst; those who normally write Hobbits, were to try Elves or Dwarves. Elements for the challenge were three random words to be included in the story.
The November 2011 Challenge had the theme "Feast". The stories for this challenge were recipe fics. A recipe fic is defined as a story in which a specific food or dish is mentioned, and the recipe for making it is given. Recipes were given in such a way that the reader could use it to make the dish described. The recipe could be incorporated in the body of the story (but all ingredients and steps must be specified) or the complete recipe could be added at the end of the story. Elements for the challenge were a kitchen utensil to be included in the story.
As is our tradition every January, each author either chose a "leftover" prompt from one of 2011's challenges, or chose to complete a challenge they had begun earlier.
A collection of artworks made for the GFIC Community's first art challenge, January 2012. Artists chose a favorite passage to inspire them.
The 2012 February Challenge had the theme "Eye of the Beholder". The stories for this challenge were to be a story inspired by art from 2012 January's Art Challenge. Elements for the challenge were one of the submitted art pieces. There were eleven works of art posted that authors could choose from.
The 2012 March Challenge had the theme Spring/Green with a quote from Bilbo's Song just for inspiration! (The quote did NOT have to be included in your story): "In every wood in every Spring there is a different green." Prompts were different shades of green.
A collection of art pieces created for the March 2012 Art Challenge: A Different Green. Artists were given a particular shade of green to feature in their work.
The April Challenge had the theme "The Beauty of Arda". In honor of April as Poetry Month, the challenge was a poem. Elements for the challenge were a pair of rhyming words, HOWEVER, the authors did not have to write a rhyming poem unless they wanted to; just use the words as you see fit.