• Writer's Training Grounds: "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" Prompts / "Brotherhooves Social" Submissions

    I'd say something profound about the new episode, but Aqua took care of that in the followup.  So instead, I'll just point out that it's more than two days later, and I still can't quite believe this actually happened.

    Let's give our newly marked Crusaders a batch of our best fanfics!

    All the usual stuff below the break.

    The Cutie Mark Crusaders have discovered their special talent!  Write about their first mission to help a fellow pony find their cutie mark.

    A repentant Diamond Tiara attempts to patch things up with Silver Spoon.

    Pipsqueak faces the many challenges that come with being student pony president.

    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 17th, 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 our submissions for last week.  Only thee, guys!  I hope we get some more participation this week.

    Normal/Slice of Life

    [Normal] - 6500 words

    Author: A Random Guy

    Discord needs some last-minute help for a theatrical production, so he enlists Scootaloo and Rainbow Dash for assistance. What can he say? He's desperate.

    Cider Theater Blues

    Characters: Rainbow Dash, Scootaloo, Discord
    [Normal] - 1620 words

    Author: Junior T

    Scootaloo has always idolized Rainbow Dash. The Sisterhooves Social even gave her an opportunity to get closer to her. Their victory had managed to do just that. But after the social was when they bonded the most.

    After the Social

    Characters: Scootaloo, Rainbow Dash, 

    [Sad][Normal] - 2720 words

    Author: DouglasTrotter

    Big Macintosh sits underneath an apple tree on a small hill near the Sweet Apple Acres Farmhouse. As the stallion gazes at the sky, he reminisces about the moments he shared with Apple Bloom. Unknown to him, one guardian of the night seeks to help soothe his weary soul.

    Heavy Heart

    Characters: Big Macintosh, Princess Luna, Apple Bloom, Applejack, Granny Smith,