Drabblemania Event Announcement

What’s five-by-five and lots of fun? That’s right, our next event! 

Way back at the end of July last year, when we were wrapping up Mystery Month 2022, we asked you all to vote on whether to keep Mystery Month as an annual thing or switch it out for a drabble event. What the majority of you did instead was pick a third option, in which we’d alternate between a drabble event and Mystery Month each year. 

So, Mystery Month will be returning for July 2024, but for July 2023 we are so excited to bring Drabblemania to life! We’ve workshopped the specifics a little since the first announcement, and can now reveal the plan as such: 

The Mod team is going to take unused story prompts that the membership submitted for Mystery Month last year, and create three prompt boards. Imagine Bingo boards with five squares across the top and five down, making twenty-five squares in total (where the middle one is a free space). 

To take part, you must write a fic (or create some Spuffy fan art) based on at least one of the prompts. Drabbles are usually defined as stories of 100 words or less, but here at Elysian Fields, they need to be under 1,000 words to qualify. 

If you write one drabble, you get a bronze award. If you’re able to mark off a line of five prompts (in any direction), you get a silver award, and if you’re able to blackout an entire prompt board, you win gold. We’re not planning a platinum award for completing all three prompt boards, but if someone actually manages to do it, we’ll make sure you get the recognition you deserve. 

Drabbles can be entirely self-contained, or interconnected. As such, you can post the drabbles written for this event as one shots or as a multi-chaptered fic, so long as those “chapters” are individual drabbles that are under the 1,000 word limit. 

There will of course also be awards for commenters, artists, and betas. 

Any questions, let us know! 

--EllieRose101 and the Mods on June 05, 2023 04:13am 9 Comments


-- ClowniestLivEver on June 05, 2023 04:29am

I do love the drabbles!  Sounds like fun! 

-- honeygirl51885 on June 05, 2023 07:41am

This sounds awesome! Thank you so much for organizing this! Are you able to let us know anything about the timing? I’m assuming all postings have to occur during the month of July, but will the boards be revealed ahead of July 1? Will there also be beta and artist awards, or just author awards? Again, thank you mods!!!

-- the_big_bad on June 05, 2023 07:51am

Doh, Stiney just pointed out that the announcement already says there will be awards for betas and artists! cheers

-- the_big_bad on June 05, 2023 07:55am


-- HappyWhenItRains on June 05, 2023 10:09am

Prompt boards will go live on July first. Participants have until the end of the month to post. 

-- EllieRose101 on June 05, 2023 12:02pm

Boy - do you all work so hard for this great Spuffy site - Thank You All!  Looking forward to the event.

-- nmcil on June 06, 2023 07:21am


-- HappyWhenItRains on June 06, 2023 03:23pm

Sounds exciting! I'm glad Mystery isn't going by the wayside either.

-- JustWriter on June 08, 2023 06:02pm