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#SMPShortStoryChallenge - ALL THE PROMPTS

I f you follow us on twitter (which if you haven't, you should!), you would have noticed that for the month of May, AKA National Short Story Month, that were tweeting #SMPShortStoryChallenge. 


What is the #SMPShortStoryChallenge? We made it our mission to give you guys as many short story prompts as we (reasonably) could in order to help you birth your next creative endeavor. 

Well, May has come and gone, but that doesn't mean you have to stop writing. So we've collected all our prompts here! For you to use as you like! If you write, post or publish something based on one of these free-to-use prompts, let us know! Tag us or #SMPShortStoryChallenge! We'd love to share it on our twitter, instagram or facebook.

Happy Writing Guys! Go forth and build the incredible!


One day, people wake up to find they can hear the thoughts of animals around them. What happens?

A character finds a magical object that will grant one wish, for a sacrifice. What are the stakes? What happens?

A bug is accidentally turned human. How did it happen? What type of bug? What happens next?

Your phone becomes sentient. Write a first person POV story (yours or the phone's) about what happens.

Two characters wake up after crash landing on a deserted planet. Neither can remember anything that happened. There is a body, stabbed in the cock-pit of the space ship. What happens? What happened?

Childhood friends meet for dinner, but one has a terrible secret eating away at them. What Happens? Will they reveal the secret? What is it? 

A character lost at sea believes they have befriended a mermaid. WHAT happens? Is it really a mermaid?

A strange disease gives children the ability to see ghosts. What happens?

There is a bench in the middle of a dark street where a man in a green bowler hat goes & sits every night at 9PM sharp without fail. Why is that? Who is he? What is he doing there?

A character begins to see their reflection everywhere, but the reflection is doing opposite actions of the character. How did that happen? 

A child is found abandoned near a streetlight. What happens? What happened? 

A witch makes you gather the ingredients for a soup. What are they? What happens when she makes the soup?

An isolated society on another planet with little technology suddenly comes to possess a cell phone. What happens?

In a small town in the desert, whenever a thunderstorm comes it changes one important thing. A storm is brewing in the distance. What changes? What happens? 

Something strange appears at the doorstep of the abandoned house down the street. What is it? Or... Who is it?

Pick a mythical creature. Now what would that mythical creature's day job be if they had one in a modern setting.


Come see us at Animate! Florida!

We're excited to announce that we will be at Animate! Florida as our first official convention! You'll be able to find us in Exhibitor Booth 906!

We will also have panels throughout the con on writing and fandom listed below.

If printing isn't delayed, we may even have copies of our anthology Midnight Whispers 2017. Unfortunately, due to our recent hurricane this isn't guaranteed (*shakes fist at the sky* IRMAAAA!!!). 

Animate! Florida runs from October 6th - 8th at the Miami Airport Convention Center. You can purchase tickets here. We look forward to see you there!


Animate! Florida Schedule

Friday October 6th


3:30-4:30 PM #SMP PRESENTS: QUICK WRITE PANEL :: Panel Room 114 

4:45-5:45 PM #SMP PRESENTS: THE COMMON ROOM :: Panel Room 202 

8:30-9:30 PM #SMP PRESENTS: MIRROR QUEST :: Panel Room 202 

Saturday October 7th

12:15-1:15 PM #SMP PRESENTS: CREATIVE COLLABS :: Panel Room 210


Sunday October 8

12:00-1:00 PM #SMP PRESENTS: DISABILITY IN MEDIA :: Panel Room 104 





Thanks to Florida Supercon!

Hey there Smoking Mirror Fans!

Laura, Elyse, Enrique - Florida Supercon 2017

Laura, Elyse, Enrique - Florida Supercon 2017

We just finished our post-con coma’s after Supercon and we have to say we had a blast! There was just so much to do this weekend and the Smoking Mirror crew kept busy. We even managed to make it to a couple of the Karaoke events. (And Enrique had a blast getting his George Washington on in the Hamilton Sing Along Panel.)  Now that the pictures have been sorted, the autographs framed, the swag displayed and the Tayaki eaten, we wanted to make sure we thanked those people who made our Supercon weekend such a blast. 

First we wanted to say a big thank you to Mike Broder and his amazing crew for putting together this convention. We saw you guys trying to be sneaky and work behind the scenes to make every moment of this weekend a great one and wanted to let you know that you guys are appreciated for what you do. 

Next we wanted to say thank you to Elyse Reyes. We had a great time on her American Gods: Mythology in Writing panel and her Novel Writing: Get Your Draft Done in 30 Days Panels! We had a lot of fun meeting all of you who attended and hope we answered all your questions. And hanging out with Elyse this con was a load of fun, if you guys haven’t bought her book yet we highly recommend it. We also wanted to say thank you to Chris Weston, who was a fellow guest on those panels and who gave some really good advice. 

Anyways we hope to see you guys at the next event we do which we will announce here as soon as we have the details worked out! Stay creative and keep on dreaming!


Florida Supercon!
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Enrique and Laura will be at Florida Supercon on author Elyse Reyes' panels! We'll be talking American Gods, NanoWriMo and general writing advice. There's still time to purchase tickets at!

  • Novel Writing: Get that Draft in 30 Days - July 27th, 4:30 PM, Room 125
    • Ready to write that novel? Meet authors who have completed the first draft of a novel in 30 days. Learn tips and tricks from published writers and gain the confidence to write your own book!
  • American Gods: Writing Mythology - July 28th, 1:00 PM Room 125
    • Join us as we talk about the show everyone's going to be talking about: American Gods featuring Ricky Whittle. We'll take a look at the original book and audiobooks and discuss how we, as writers, can tell stories within existing mythologies.