BEST FALL WRITING PROMPTS

Join (probably?) the world's largest writing contest. Flex those creative muscles with weekly writing prompts.

Showing 21 prompts reset

This week's contest:
Win $250

Magic in the Air

18 contest entries /
13 stories

--

days

--

hours

--

mins

--

secs

Closes at 23:59 - Dec 16 EST

Subscribe to our prompts newsletter

Never miss a prompt! Get curated writing inspiration delivered to your inbox each week.

Win $250 in our short story competition 🏆

We'll send you 5 prompts each week. Respond with your short story and you could win $250!

Contest #176 LIVE

Enter our weekly contest!

This week's theme: Magic in the Air


$250

Prize money

18

Contest entries

13

Stories

--

Days

--

Hours

--

Mins

--

Secs

Closes at 23:59 - Dec 16, 2022 EST
View details

Recent contests ✍️

#175 – Pitching In

#174 – Evolution

#173 – Giving, Receiving, and Return Receipts

#172 – Feel the Feels

Recent winners 🏆

Sam Porterread

Jacob Brownread

Lisa Langeread

Thom Brodkinread

Leaderboard 🥇

#1 Zilla Babbitt

32116 points

#2 Deidra Whitt Lovegren

26465 points

#3 Abigail Airuedomwinya

22336 points

#4 Scout Tahoe

13088 points

#5 Rayhan Hidayat

10491 points

#6 Deborah Mercer

9539 points

#7 Thom Brodkin

8345 points

#8 Corey Melin

7702 points

#9 Kathleen March

7355 points

#10 Moon Lion

6835 points

Tired of MS Word?

Join the revolution and write your book in a tool designed for authors. 🙌

Includes FREE typesetting to print-ready PDF & EPUB files, track changes and collaborative editing.

The best fall writing prompts

Fall (or autumn, as our British friends refer to it) is a season of change. The leaves are falling, there's a bite in the air, and memories are being made, from pumpkin carving to apple picking to returning to school for a new year. If you're looking for inspiration for your fall writing, you're in the right place. Our fall writing prompts are suitable for students, kids, and the whole family.

To help you get started, here are our top ten fall writing prompts:

  • Your character picks up a fallen leaf and can’t believe what they discover underneath it. What happens next?
  • Write a story that ends with the sentence: "And that was the first and last time that I tried to bake a pumpkin pie."
  • Start your story with a character taking a sip of hot apple cider.
  • Write a story about a lost scarf.
  • Write a story about someone seeing leaves change color for the first time.
  • Using only text messages, write a story about the start of the school. 
  • Write a story about a farmer bringing in their harvest.
  • Write a story from the perspective of a pumpkin patch owner on the first and last day of autumn. 
  • Set your story in an orchard.
  • Pick one of the five senses. Write about fall using that sense.

For more help writing your fall short story, check out this free resource:

  • How to Master the 'Show, Don't Tell' Rule (free course) — Summer is a season of the senses — the smell of pumpkin spice, the taste of turkey, the crunch of frost on fallen leaves. And that means you're going to want to get your descriptions spot on. To brush up your skills, try out our free course.

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

Ready to start writing? Check out Reedsy’s weekly short story contest, for the chance of winning $250! You can also check out our list of writing contests or our directory of literary magazines for more opportunities to submit your story.