• Writer's Training Grounds: "Canterlot Boutique" Prompts / "Tanks for the Memories" Submissions

    We've kicked off the second half of season five, now it's time to put the Writer's Training Grounds event back into motion.  This week, we have the prompts for our latest episode, "Canterlot Boutique", as well as the submissions sent in a while back for one of the episodes we missed running this event for, "Tanks for the Memories".

    Prompts for the writers, submissions for the readers.  Grab everything below the break.

    "I can't be part of another failed boutique!"
    Tell the story of Sassy Saddles past business difficulties.

    Write about the two sisters of very differing personalities that visited Rarity's boutique during the going out of business sale.

    The Writer's Training Grounds is a weekly writing exercise in which authors of all skill levels are invited to craft a story based on the prompts provided above. Responses to these prompts are posted directly on Equestria Daily in a weekly compilation post that bypasses the pre-reading process. Authors are then highly encouraged to read comment on, and promote each others' stories -- if you've ever prepared a copy-paste comment for an episode followup, consider doing the same for a fellow WTG participant!

    If you have any questions, concerns, or prompt ideas for next week's WTG, feel free to send them to pegasusrescuebrigade@equestriadaily.com with the subject line "WTG Prompt Idea" or something similar.

    • Keep the content appropriate as defined by our submission guidelines.
    • Keep it between 1,000 - 7,000 words. >Greentexts and doorstoppers should apply elsewhere!
    • Keep it to two genres maximum. For the roundup, fics will be grouped by their primary genre.

    When you finish working on your fic, use this form to submit it to the Training Grounds. However, we will require much of the same information as if you were submitting a regular fic as follows, and this document explains what these requirements are.

    1. Story title
    2. Author name
    3. Story description (~1 paragraph maximum)
    4. Word count
    5. Genre tags 
    6. Character tags 
    7. Story URL (must be hosted on FimFiction, GDocs, dA, etc.)
    8. Email address

    The deadline for submission is >>>Friday, September 18th, at 11:59pm EST<<<

    As always, please continue to leave us feedback with what works well for these events, what's not working well, your general satisfaction with these, etc. etc. and so on. Now get writing!

    Here's your submissions for "Tanks for the Memories".

    Normal/Slice of Life

    [Normal] - 6970 words

    Author: Charelzzz

    Rainbow Dash gets hyperexcited about Tank awakening from hibernation during the Winter Wrap Up and plans a big celebration.

    Winter Wrap Up: The Tortoise and the Mare

    Characters: Twilight Sparkle, Rainbow Dash, Tank

    [Normal] - 1700 words

    Author: ScifiPony

    Fear, guilt, and love can make you do strange unreasonable things. For once, I was able to be there for my adopted big sister, Rainbow Dash, as she worked through the stormy aftermath of the snowstorm of the century. Role reversal can teach a young filly a lot.


    Characters: Scootaloo, Rainbow Dash, 

    [Normal] - 7000 words

    Author: Fluttercheer

    Sabotage is no small crime in Equestria. Especially not if a pony sabotages something of big importance for the kingdom. Like the weather factory in Cloudsdale. Several years in prison could await a pony for committing such an act. But Rainbow Dash is fine. She and Tank were alone in the weather factory when she destroyed the building to prevent her friend from hibernating. And nopony but her closest friends knew what happened. At least that's what Rainbow Dash thought. As she gets a mysterious letter a few days later, she suddenly has to second-guess her belief that nopony else knew what she did and questions arise for her. How will she be spending the Winter now? And who is the pony that sent this letter to her anyway?

    Black Mail

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Scootaloo, Derpy Hooves

    [Normal] - 3841 words

    Author: Zeck

    Rainbow Dash talks about how she and Tank stood up to a crazed pony who was bent on stopping winter. For the sake of all of Ponyville, the two friends infiltrate the Cloudsdale factory, braving the new security and unknown danger from an intruder. What? No, this totally happened. Rainbow Dash said so. Written for EQD's Writer's Training Grounds: "Tanks for the Memories"

    Winter Is Coming

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Tank, 


    [Comedy][Adventure] - 4705 words

    Author: SpongeOfManyColours

    You’ve heard this story before, haven’t you? Just about every pony in Equestria has. The first ever National Dash Parade Day, 104 years ago. The day that The Dash, one of our greatest national heroes, broke into the Cloudsdale Weather Factory, and almost met her end at the hands of a monstrous villain with a terrible plan to turn all of Equestria to glass. It's a story of bravery, of danger, of good and evil, and of a Princess' fight for freedom. And of course, it's all true... isn't it?

    The Origin of The National Dash Parade

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, OC, Twilight Sparkle


    [Adventure] - 1200 words

    Author: A Hoof-ful of Dust

    The Black Hoof is holding summer for ransom with their secret weather factory! Can top secret agents Blitz McCool and Tank stop them before Equestria is covered in snow forever? A story by Rainbow Dash.


    Characters: Rainbow Dash, ,