• Writer's Training Grounds: "The One Where Pinkie Pie Knows" Prompts / "Crusaders of the Lost Mark" Submissions

    Pinkie Pie sure was being... well, Pinkie Pie in that latest episode!

    Writer's Training Grounds time. Get it below.

    Pinkie Pie accidentally tells one pony the secret too early.  Now she has to do everything in her power to prevent the news from spreading far enough that it reaches her friends.

    Pinkie Pie decides to try to master the skill of secret-keeping so she'll never have such a struggle again.  This proves to be more challenging than she thought.


    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 24th, 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!

    Normal/Slice of Life

    [Normal][Random] - 2500 words

    Author: A Random Guy

    Pipsqueak's classmates have a problem over the class pet, Daisy. Why not get Discord involved?

    Discord will solve it.

    Characters: Discord, Pipsqueak, 

    [Normal] - 2726 words

    Author: Suukorak

    Silver Spoon abandoned Diamond Tiara's drama, and Diamond turned a new leaf soon after. Silver Spoon, however, is less than convinced. Can the two repair their friendship? What will it take? Can the CMC help?

    Sugar Lump

    Characters: Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, CMC

    [Normal] - 3604 words

    Author: SunscatteredNights

    Now that the Cutie Mark Crusaders have earned their cutie marks, they put their talents to action. The first pony they help turns out to be a blunt mare named Sugarcoat...

    First Mission

    Characters: Sweetie Belle, Sugarcoat, 

    [Normal] - 3439 words

    Author: ponylaw

    Diamond Tiara tries to make up for treating her friend poorly, but Silver Spoon is reluctant of accepting her apology. Diamond Tiara enlists the help of the CMC to try to help her make up with Silver Spoon.

    Can we be friends again?

    Characters: Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, CMC

    Slice of Life[Normal] - 3300 words

    Author: ScifiPony

    Princess Twilight Sparkle lay there in anguished silence for almost a minute until she decided to let Scootaloo, Apple Bloom, and me help her. It came out as a whisper: "My special talent isn't magic." Of all the ponies we might help, I had never imagined our first might be Twilight, or that it would essential for Equestria that we got it right.

    Mark Misconception

    Characters: Sweetie Belle, Twilight Sparkle, Scootaloo and Apple Bloom

    [Normal] - 6617 words

    Author: DouglasTrotter

    The Cutie Mark Crusaders, through due diligence, have earned their cutie marks. Now they embark on their toughest mission yet to the land of eternal darkness. In this place, a mare hopes the trio will help a pony discovery their true potential.


    Characters: Cutie Mark Crusaders, Twilight Sparkle, OC, 


    [Normal][Comedy] - 1004 words

    Author: Metallic Roselle

    The Cutie Mark Crusaders start their new mission by helping out their fellow classmate Erroria.

    Princess Erroria

    Characters: Cutie Mark Crusaders , Erroria, 


    [Normal][Sad] - 1269 words

    Author: Eegah

    Diamond Tiara wants to patch things up with Silver Spoon, but first her friend has a few things to get off her chest.

    One Step at a Time

    Characters: Diamond Tiara, Silver Spoon, Twilight Sparkle