Writing fantasy comes with the privilege of being only limited by your own imagination: the worlds, characters, and plots you can develop are endless. And while that’s exciting, it can also come with the challenge of too many options — with so many possible fantasy story ideas, how do you pick just one to focus on? Hopefully, browsing through the following fantasy writing prompts will give you that lightbulb moment and help you settle on that magic premise.

We’re not just stopping at helping you find the right idea to right about. Here are some resources to help you craft a fantastic short story:


Want more help learning how to write a short fantasy 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.

Have a story you’re ready to start submitting? Check out our list of writing contests or our directory of literary magazines.

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