Concept Art Writing Prompt: Unnatural Selection

We've got some kind of evaluation happening in this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist Johannes Holm. So what's going on? And what happens to the humans who are pulled out of line? » 3/26/15 5:00pm 3/26/15 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Waking Up To The Apocalypse

There's nothing like waking up in the morning and getting a face full of monster. This week's Concept Art Writing Prompt, by David Velásquez, would make a great illustration for a story — you just have to write it first. » 3/19/15 5:00pm 3/19/15 5:00pm

Author Robert Repino Explains Why Writing Animal Characters Is So Tricky

Bringing any character to life on the page is a bit of a magic trick that requires some slight of hand to pull off. But how does that process change when your characters aren't human? Author Robert Repino explains, plus he shows a first look at his book's concept art. » 3/13/15 4:20pm 3/13/15 4:20pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Give Me Shelter

It's a snowy day in this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt, by artist Katharina Guettlein, but there is shelter ahead. Write a story inspired by this image and tell us: What will our lone figure find there? » 3/12/15 5:00pm 3/12/15 5:00pm

Here's How Apocalyptic Fiction Has Changed Over the Last Century

Tumblr user Destination Toast has done a lot of statistical analyses of fandom — all of it very impressive — but the latest analyzes how the kinds of apocalypses in fiction have changed over time. We're worried about a lot more now than we used to be. » 3/12/15 1:30am 3/12/15 1:30am

Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Legendary Moment

There is something amazing going on in this week's writing prompt, by artist Mohammad Hossein Attaran. But what is it? How on Earth did this happen in the first place? And what is our falling figure trying to accomplish? You tell us; write a story about this peculiar moment. » 3/05/15 5:00pm 3/05/15 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Kid Who Paints The Moon

The phases of the moon get a bit fanciful in this week's writing prompt, by artist Goro Fujita. Tell us your tale about this character and their rather unusual lunar job. » 2/26/15 5:00pm 2/26/15 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Book Wyrm

This week's writing prompt, by artist Alexandra Khitrova, features an apparently tiny creature who has found itself a comfortable little home. Check out the full image below and take a crack at writing a story about this little fellow. » 2/19/15 5:00pm 2/19/15 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Spidermother

Well, things are looking pretty creepy in this week's writing prompt. But is the massive mother in this image going to care for that baby or feed the baby to her brood? » 2/12/15 5:00pm 2/12/15 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Navy's Big Rubber Duck

An unusual ship cruises the waters under the banner of the United Nations in this week's writing prompt. You tell us: Why on Earth is the navy employing a giant rubber duck? » 2/05/15 5:00pm 2/05/15 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Fish Among The Trees

In this week's writing prompt, twisting tree trunks and girls in dresses coexist with giant, luminous fish. Tell us what kind of world this happens in and what is going on in this illustration. » 1/29/15 5:00pm 1/29/15 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Bad Lady

Judging from the whiteboard on the wall, this isn't the first time this boy has encountered this particular under-the-covers horror. Write your own story about what is going on in this nightmare image. » 1/22/15 5:00pm 1/22/15 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Somewhere Beneath The Sea

A couple of explorers trudge through the remains of an underwater building that looks like it might not be much longer for this world. What story can you spin about the expedition? » 1/15/15 5:00pm 1/15/15 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Bringing In The Harvest

The ships are bringing in a strange and glowing harvest. What exactly is this bounty? And what will the harvesters do with it? Write a story inspired by this scene. » 1/08/15 5:00pm 1/08/15 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: An Unusual Brush With Death

This little girl has a rather, well, unorthodox relationship with the Grim Reaper. If this image inspires you, write a story that tells us what on Earth is going on here. » 12/18/14 5:00pm 12/18/14 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Creature From The Geode

Someone—or something—is emerging from a geode covered in strange markings in this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt. Tell us a story about this image and the being who is about to step out into this mysterious world. » 12/11/14 5:00pm 12/11/14 5:00pm

These Short Science Fiction Stories Will Make You Fear The Holidays

There's a nip in the air, presents are being stockpiled and wrapped, and frosted cookies in the shapes of various plants and animals are making their way onto shelves across the nation. Who doesn't love this time of year? Well, you — as soon as you finish reading these festively terrifying science fiction shorts. » 12/10/14 4:20pm 12/10/14 4:20pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Astronaut Lights A Candle

In this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt, we invite you to spin a story inspired by a simple but mysterious image. Why is this helmeted astronaut holding up a candle? And where are they that the candle remains lit? » 12/04/14 5:00pm 12/04/14 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: The Book Collector

A rider enters the woods in this week's Concept Art Writing Prompt with a book on the brain. What story will you write about this questing figure and the book-lugging creature they encounter? » 11/27/14 5:00pm 11/27/14 5:00pm

Concept Art Writing Prompt: Dogs In Spaaaaaaaaaaaace!

We've had a couple of macabre Concept Art Writing Prompts lately, so this week, we're doing something on the lighter side. Can you come up with a story about these space-faring canines? If so, share it with us here. » 11/20/14 5:00pm 11/20/14 5:00pm