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Summer Solstice

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Write a funny post-apocalyptic story.

Comedy – 118 stories

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This week's theme: Summer Solstice


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Is there anything more inherently human than the desire to laugh? If you agree, and you’ve got a knack for storytelling, you might be looking to test your skills by writing funny short stories. However, while we all enjoy a good chuckle, getting others to laugh through the written word is a lot easier said than done — and a big part of that challenge is finding the right premise to get started. Luckily, pondering the question “how to write humor?” has brought you here — to our creative writing prompts directory full funny short story prompts.

While humor can be injected into your writing in many different ways — metaphor, repetition, misdirection, irony, etc. — here are a few of the different types of humor you funny-boned authors might want to employ:

  • Satire — pokes fun at contemporary political, social, or other topical issues.
  • Farce — often used in theatre, presents a highly improbable plot that centers around eccentric and exaggerated events.
  • Screwball — much like farce, it presents exaggerated situations, but is often used in romantic comedies.
  • Parody — imitates the style of other genres to poke fun at them.
  • Irony — presents a comedic gap between reality and expectations.
  • Dark — pokes fun at a topic that is typically considered taboo.


Want more help learning how to write a funny short story? Check out How to Write a Short Story That Gets Published — a free, ten day course by Laura Mae Isaacman, a full-time editor who runs a book editing company in Brooklyn.

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