This week’s short-story challenge

This week’s writing challenge revolves around a photo I took of a curiously coloured stream about a kilometre from where Sir Peter Jackson filmed the Pelennor Field sequence from The Return of The King.

Use the photo to inspire a 150-200 word super-short story – a proper one, with beginning, middle, end and punchline (all super-short stories gotta have a punchline) – and post it on your blog, with the prompt photo and a link back to this blog for others to pick up and join in the fun. of course the story can be about anything.


New Zealand streams often go this colour, usually because native beech or other plant residue has fallen into them. Maori were well aware of it – there’s even a stream in the Wairarapa named Waimimi, for that reason. The literal translation is “waters of urine” but it was, of course, a metaphor for the colour and the fact that it wasn’t that great to drink.

Copyright © Matthew Wright 2015


3 thoughts on “This week’s short-story challenge

Comments are closed.