• Writer's Training Grounds: "Made in Manehattan" Prompts / "Rarity Investigates" Submissions

    Let's face it, every time a popular minor character comes back, he or she is the main draw of the episode, not the Mane Six.  Hooray for more Coco Pommel!

    All the usual WTG stuff is below.

    Twilight tries to find a way to alleviate her boredom while Rarity and Applejack are away.

    It is the following year, and this time, Coco Pommel receives many volunteers for the Summer Theater Revival.  How does this year's production go?

    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 >>>Saturday, October 3rd, 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!

    Rarity Investigates submissions:

    Normal/Slice of Life

    [Normal] - 2000 words

    Author: A Random Guy

    After finding out Wind Rider set Spitfire on a wild goose chase for an ice lily in the Crystal Mountains, Rainbow Dash flies after her. This is her very short journey.

    "I found her in an alley."

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Spitfire, a gryphon

    [Comedy][Dark] - 2781 words

    Author: SpongeOfManyColours

    Ever since helping prove Dash's innocence back in Canterlot, Rarity has clearly allowed to let her detective fantasies and love of Shadow Spade get to her head. Now, she's on the hunt for notorious gangster and baker Al Ca-Scone, at the expense of Carousel Boutique and her family, and it's up to her friends to try and talk her back into reality.

    The Big Wake-Up

    Characters: Rarity, Rainbow Dash, Pinkie Pie
    [Normal][Comedy] - 1694 words

    Author: PonyTim

    Someone has stolen Celestia's midnight cake snack! Luna in the role of Private Eye Shadow Spade must solve the Case of the Missing Cake! Will she succeed?

    The Case of the Missing Cake

    Characters: Luna, Celestia, 

    [Normal][Adventure] - 3000 words

    Author: ScifiPony

    When Rainbow Dash rockets off to find Spitfire, planning to surf the jet stream to cross half the length of Equestria in just hours, she has no idea that she will need to work with an old "friend" to do so.

    Rainbow Dust to the Rescue

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Lightning Dust, Spitfire
    [Adventure] - 1216 words

    Author: Badly Drawn Turtle

    Rainbow Dash sets out to find Spitfire, but finds more is at stake than she thought. An old enemy is there to meet her.

    Racing Shadows

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Spitfire, OC