Writing Arcade


The Writing Arcade is a year-long, arcade-style writing event with tickets, exclusive challenges, and prizes. After you register, you can track your progress in writing, reading, editing, and more; complete challenges, defeat bosses, level up, and earn tickets as you grow!

The Writing Arcade is fully integrated into The Writer's Workout activities and challenges. This means that everything we do has the potential to earn tickets for your bank.

On this page: Exclusive Challenges, Boss Battles, Bonus Options, The Puzzle  

Join the Writing Arcade:


Exclusive Challenges

In addition to the regular challenges WW provides each month, Arcaders have access to a few exclusive challenges. These exclusives are not posted publicly so the only place you'll find them is on the WW Arcade page of your Achievement Tracker. Each month, you'll find out which challenge to expect so you can--kind of--plan ahead. 


Formatting for judged challenges:

Arial or Times New Roman, 10 or 12 pt black font. 1" empty margins on all sides.

Entries accepted by Dropbox or attachment at submissions@writersworkout.net in .doc, .docx, or .odt file types.


This single-prompt challenge uses the month's chosen character archetype to explain well-known mythology from one of the four lost mythos. Set the story in any time period. 

Mythos Options: Egyptian, Greek, Roman, Viking

Time Limit: two weeks

Submission specifics: 1500-7500 words

Title Info: on separate lines, aligned top left in your document, include your Name, Entry Title, Word Count, and Chosen Mythos

Judgement: yes; blind panel of volunteers; uses of archetype combined with mythos

Winners: entries posted live on this site; winner interview in newsletter


This three-prompt challenge is released over three consecutive weeks. Writers must use all three prompts in any order to create one cohesive story. 

Time Limit: one month

Submissions specifics: 2000-10000 words

Judgement: yes; blind panel of volunteers; best story

Title Info: on separate lines, aligned top left in your document, include your Name, Entry Title, and Word Count

Winners: entries posted live on this site; winner interview in newsletter


This single-prompt challenge invites writers to incorporate their existing character(s) in a standalone short story using the month's character archetype and a specified mundane task. 

Time Limit: one week

Submissions specifics: no limits; post to Forum

Judgement: NO; administrative team review for bonus

Winners: bonus ticket awarded for utilizing the month's archetype


During certain months, entries into a considerably difficult WW competition earn double their value in tickets. Nothing extra is required for this Exclusive. 


Boss Battles

Boss Battles are available all year to any Arcader with the guts to take on the challenge. If you're successful, let us know you've Beat the Boss and you're ready to Level Up! You can Level Up! as many times as you want until you reach Peak Arcadedom at Level 25. We hear the air is nice up there. 

Available Bosses:

Anthology Accepted

If you submitted an entry to any anthology and it was accepted, let us know so we can celebrate your victory with you.

Email: Theresa.Green@writersworkout.net

Include: The name of the anthology and your accepted entry (we'll mention this success in the next newsletter) 

Blog Contributor

Consider this Boss an Open Call: are you inspired to create a "fun-ducational" post for our blog? Send your pitch to Sarah and if she chooses your post, you Beat this Boss!

Email: Sarah.Perchikoff@writersworkout.net

Include: For the initial contact, send your pitch of your idea.

Challenge Creator

We won't lie, this is a pretty difficult Boss. If you have an idea for a WW-esque Challenge, send your pitch to Emily. If we run your Challenge, you Beat this Boss!

Email: Theresa.Green@writersworkout.net

Include: For the initial contact, send your pitch of your idea.

Member Spotlight

Being a writer is hard work and we want to help you celebrate your successes. If your success is featured in our newsletter, you Beat this Boss!

Email: Theresa.Green@writersworkout.net

Include: Your success to be celebrated

Caveat: "Arcade Leader" and "Milestone Master" newsletter features do not apply to this Boss

Milestone Master

Reaching milestones is a rite of passage so we've preset a few important achievements and we'll help you celebrate by featuring you as a Milestone Master in our newsletter.

Email: none

Small Spender

Earning tickets is a frequently fun, sometimes difficult, but always rewarding task. The first time your ticket bank reaches 150 tickets, you've Beat this Boss.

Email: none

Caveat: This Boss is only available once per Arcader

Writer's Games Top Ten

Any Arcader who places in the Top Ten during either portion of Writer's Games 2020 will Beat this Boss.

Email: none

Additional Bosses may be added at a later date. Unless specified, all Bosses are available for repeat defeat.

Questions? Theresa.Green@writersworkout.net

Bonus Options

The Writing Arcade is designed to provide you with a ton of ways to earn lots of tickets and prizes, create writing friendships, and grow as a writer.

Weekly Micro Wednesday - If you create a micro story for the Weekly Micro prompt, post it in our Forum! Other members will give you feedback on your work and you can click the checkbox stating you put your work out there. You'll earn a ticket for each weekly post. 

Forum Extra: Enter several of these weekly prompts to earn the Micro Wizard badge!

Feedback Friday - Writers are always encouraged to share their work for feedback at WW. We highlight the courage it takes to put yourself out there by dedicating a day to feedback on Fridays. If you offer constructive criticism on any post throughout the week where the author requests feedback in the Forum or our Facebook group, it counts toward this Feedback Friday bonus. You'll earn a ticket for each person you've helped. 

Forum Extra: Help several writers to earn the Feedback Fan badge!

Side Quest - Focusing on the month's character archetype in your Side Quest fiction is a great way to secure an extra ticket, just make sure your piece is posted to the Forum before the end of the month.

Inky Deep - When you finish your Inky Deep challenge each month, post it to the Forum! Other members will give you feedback on your work and you can click the checkbox stating you put your work out there. You'll earn a ticket for each monthly post. 

Exclusives - The Arcade Exclusive challenges are tough; you'll earn a ticket for each submission to a judged Exclusive and another if you win.

Member-Created - Creating a WW-esque challenge is pretty difficult so you'll earn a ticket for every entry into a member-created challenge. You'll earn another ticket if you win. 


The Puzzle

If you love a good mystery, you're in luck! The Puzzle is a series of enigmas hidden throughout the Arcade activities. You'll find each piece in a different way through challenges, writing, and other WW events. As you find the pieces to this puzzle, they'll appear in your WW Arcade page of your Achievement Tracker so you can keep up with which ones you've discovered and try harder to find the rest. Anyone with a completed puzzle by the end of December will be entered in a drawing for a whole box of writerly goodness. Use the clues below to help you solve The Puzzle. 

Forum Extra: Find a few of these pieces to earn the Puzzler badge!

Piece 1

"If you don't have time to read, you don't have the time (or the tools) to write." (Stephen King)

This piece can be found in the pages of a few good books.

Piece 2

 With all these Bosses available, it's impossible to miss this piece at a specific Level.


Piece 3

Jumping into a Side Quest is a great way to learn more about your character and which archetype roles they can fill in a story of their own. Consistency is the key to finding this piece.

Piece 4

Creating the first draft of anything takes a lot of time, energy, and words. This piece can be found in the effort of creation. 

Piece 5

Starting new projects is one thing but finishing them is a whole other achievement. To find these piece, make sure you're following your writing through to the end.

Piece 6

"Everyone can help someone." (Ronald Reagan)

Help fellow WW community members and you will find this piece.

Piece 7

Sometimes the shortest stories are the most difficult. You'll find this piece if you stay with it.

The Fine Print:

The Achievement Tracker is required for The Writing Arcade.

The Writing Arcade is a FREE add-on to your Achievement Tracker. Writing Arcade and all subsequent content is copyright The Writer's Workout, 2020.

Registration is open all year.

Accumulate your tickets to purchase prizes. Prizes are limited quantity and first come, first served. Prizes are subject to availability and subject to change throughout the year without warning or notice. Prizes are paid for by the Co-Founders of The Writer's Workout. Prizes cannot be exchanged for cash.

The Writer's Workout cannot provide prizes to Syria, Iran, North Korea, or Crimea, due to US Government restrictions.

Dragon Draw is open to Writing Arcade participants who meet the minimum qualifications for that prize as specified. No purchase necessary, void where prohibited.

Wally Writer and his tools were designed and developed by Jessie Fisher and owned by The Writer's Workout.

Tickets cannot be applied retroactively and do not transfer. Tickets have no cash value and cannot be redeemed for monetary equivalent. Tickets may be redeemed by emailing Theresa at Theresa.Green@writersworkout.net.

Your information will not be retained, sold, or otherwise distributed in whole or in part by The Writer's Workout or affiliates thereof.

Entries to Arcade-Exclusive competitions are considered "submissions" for the purposes of outside organizations. The Writer's Workout retains the right to first refusal. 


Questions, comments, and concerns may be directed to Theresa at Theresa.Green@writersworkout.net

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