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Current Challenge News

The Judging Pool is now closed!

If you have any ideas about what you'd like to see in future cycles, why not let us know in our forum thread?

Additional information may be found on the News Page.


The Scrivenshaft Challenges are run bimonthly, centering on the Harry Potter universe and various characters therein. It was named for the small shop in Hogsmeade where quills, stationary, and other materials for writing were purchased by Hogwarts students. We believe that challenges offer authors the opportunity to take a simple prompt or framework and let their creativity run wild. At the end of each challenge period (usually one calendar month), a masterlist of submitted stories will be posted and a new prompt will be unveiled.

Feel free to look around, and if you have any questions, send us your thoughts in the form at the bottom of the screen.

Schedule of Cycles

Please find below the listings of the cycles of the Scrivenshaft Challenge: past, present, and future. Note that awards were not given for Cycle V and VI.

Entries: 2

Cycle XIV - December 2007
Theme: Christmastime is Here
Dates: 2 December 2007 - 6 January 2008

Cycle XIII - September/October 2007
Theme: Behind the Scenes
Dates: 18 September 2007 - 31 October 2007

Cycle XII - July 2007
Theme: Bee In Your Bonnet
Dates: 2 July - 19 July 2007 (and July 28 - August 15)

Entries: 2

Cycle XI - May 2007
Theme: In the Balance
Dates: 2 May - 31 May 2007
Entries: 4

Cycle X - March 2007
Theme: The Ides of March
Dates: 12 March - 15 April 2007
Entries: 6

Cycle IX - January 2007
Theme: Magical Mythos
Dates: 2 January - 31 January 2007
Entries: 8

Cycle VIII - November 2006
Theme: Snapshots
Dates: 1 November - 30 November 2006
Entries: 4

Cycle VII - September 2006
Theme: The True Rendition
Dates: 29 August 2006 - 30 September 2006
Entries: 7

Cycle VI - April 2006
Theme: The Ties that Bind
Dates: 1 April - 30 April 2006
Entries: ?

Cycle V - January 2006
Theme: Had I But Known
Dates: 1 January - 31 January 2006
Entries: 22

Cycle IV - November 2005
Theme: Greeting the Season
Dates: 30 October 2005 - 6 December 2005
Entries: 8

Cycle III - September 2005

Theme: September First: A Journey
Dates: 21 August 2005 - 1 October 2005
Entries: 11

Cycle II - July 2005
Theme: Poetry To Prose
Dates: 17 June 2005 - 31 July 2005
Entries: 20

Cycle I - May 2005
Theme: The Devious Scheme
Dates: 24 April 2005 - 31 May 2005
Entries: 5

Challenge Submission Procedure

The following is a breakdown of how each challenge cycle will be conducted:

  1. A prompt will be announced on the main news page as well as on the LJ community. In addition to the challenge, it will provide information on any restrictions or deadlines.
  2. Entrants submit their completed entries to The entrant may send the entry as an attachment or in the body of the e-mail. Be sure to title the e-mail "Cycle # Entry" and include the following information in the e-mail body:
    E-mail address:
    Story Title:
    Number of words:
    Summary (optional):
  3. At the end of the challenge cycle, members that have been chosen from the Judging Pool to judge that cycle will be contacted. These memebers have a month to judge the entries and send their results to the Scrivenshaft Administrator. Then, the winners of the cycle will be announced and the masterlist of the entries will be compiled.

Awards Catagories

As awards are judged, winners will be selected that best fit the following categories:

RAISING THE BAR: This award is given to that one entry that would be the most well-written, comprehensive entry. A story of this quality should seem to set the standard for "what writing could be." This award is chosen primarily on an average rating from 1-10 on overall quality, as well as arguments made in the commentary box allotted for each entry.

RISING STAR: This award, though not chosen directly by the judges, is reserved for that writer who has either never entered the Challenge before or is considered to be underappreciated. After the award is presented for Raising the Bar, the most valuable entry written by an up-and-comer is given this award. To these authors we say, "We expect great things from you."

FOOD FOR THOUGHT: This award will highlight the entry that makes provokes reflection, giving the reader pause, considering the ramifications, life lessons, warnings, etc. A winning entry need not be philosophic, but it should offer the opportunity to reflect, chew on the words, and to find the meaning that is hidden between the lines.

CHEERING CHARM: This award will shine a spotlight on the entry that is most uplifting. A winning entry should make you smile or sigh in satisfaction, whether through a well-written romance scene, a happy ending, or a comedic moment. Not necessarily sappy, the winner of this award should be a story that lifts your spirit.

EUREKA!: This award will be presented to the most insightful entry. This award is made for that entry that allows for a new perspective in understanding a character, uncovering a plot, or solving a mystery. Whether the entry is surprising, alarming or flat-out scary, the award is all about discovery and revelation, and will leave you with your hands in the air and a light-bulb above your head.

OUTSIDE THE BOX: This award is meant for that entry that teems with imagination and creativity. Winners of this award are innovative in their plot and character structure, their organization, or perhaps the way they pull you into their story. There is nothing dull about a winner of this award, for there are so many different things to discover if you only look outside the realm of what's normal.

BRILLIANCE OF BREVITY: It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words, but the winner of this award would say that 500 is enough. This award goes to the best drabble entry, that scene that wastes no time, but still forces you to consider, think, and become immersed in the words. This award is limited to entries of no more than 500 words.

Scrivenshaft Icons

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