• Writer's Training Grounds: "The Cutie Re-Mark" Prompts / "The Mane Attraction" Submissions

    We've finished with Season Five, so let's finish up the Writer's Training Grounds for this season, too!
    Thanks a ton to those of you who entered even once during this season, although I know several of you put a lot more than just one short story into this.

    Get some prompts for the season finale below the break, and the submissions for last week.

    Choose an existing character or create one of your own and set a story in one of the alternate timelines featured in the finale.  You have tons of space for variety with this one; it can be about anything you like as long as it fits into one of the alternate universes Starlight's actions created.

    Starlight Glimmer begins her journey to re-learn the ways of friendship.

    A student at Celestia's School for Gifted Unicorns is intrigued by Twilight's lecture and sets out to research the magical mechanism for simultaneous cutie marks.

    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
    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 >>>Sunday, December 6th, 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!

    Just two submissions this week.

    Normal/Slice of Life

    [Normal] - 5886 words

    Author: AlwaysDressesInStyle

    In an all or nothing gamble to remain relevant in the pop music scene Coloratura combines forces with Applejack, Rarity, and washed up '80s band Mare Supply and ventures on a nationwide tour. But Svengallop isn't taking his termination well. He's out for vengeance with a new act aimed squarely at stealing Coloratura's demographic from her. Can Coloratura's new musical direction survive in an industry known for its fickleness, or will she end up a has-been like Mare Supply?

    Here I Am

    Characters: Coloratura, Rarity, Applejack

    [Normal][Sad] - 1628 words

    Author: Deathscar

    A few months after the incident at Ponyville, Applejack is determined to meet up with Rara. Especially after hearing that her career hasn't exactly went the direction AJ hoped it would.

    The Color of Promises

    Characters: Coloratura, Applejack,