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Inspired by a Phrase - Close the Lid - A Writing Challenge

This challenge is to write a story based on the phrase below.

 "Just close the fucking lid and go to sleep!"

The stories have been uploaded, and are here for you to read and enjoy. When you have enjoyed them please come back here before the closing date for voting and mark up to three stories that you rate as the most successful at interpreting the picture for you, and, separately, up to three stories that you feel are the best three overall. Obviously you may vote for different stories in each voting category.

The phrase is to be incorporated verbatim in the story.

Submissions and Dates

Opening date

Submissions open on 8 November 2016. Please do not submit before this date. There is a six week period between the opening and closing of submissions. For the avoidance of doubt, all times are UTC taken from our server. Check your time zone! All submissions will be acknowledged. No acknowledgement means no arrival.

Closing date

The closing date for submissions was midnight UTC on 3 January 2017

Runners and riders

The stories are as follows. The order changes each time the page is refreshed, to try to get folk to read and rate all the tales:

Full entrants

The stories are as follows:

Until polls open this is just a list. Once they open the titles link to the tales

Late entries

Late entries will be accepted for partial entry. The authors will receive the same 'voting feedback' as the full entrants, but they do not compete in the overall poll.

Cast your vote

There are two ways. Each story has a survey at the foot which relates to how well you judge that it met your needs as a reader. That's probably the most useful for the authors. After that, once you have read them all, please come here and rate them all, if you like, one against the other.

Which three stories deployed the phrase best?

You may tick a maximum of three stories which you think met this criterion best

Tomoko and the Goren
Blood Call
All Washed Up
The Music Box
Snow Day

Current Results

Which are your favourite three stories?

You may tick a maximum of three stories which you enjoyed the most

Tomoko and the Goren
Blood Call
All Washed Up
The Music Box
Snow Day

Current Results

Please remember to submit each poll separately. I wish you could tick all you want in each poll and click only one 'submit', but that's not the way it works.

Voting period

Voting lasts for three weeks only. Polls open on 4 January 2017 at noon, and close at noon on 25 January 2017. Poll opening and closing is programmatic


The basic rules are simple:

The story may be a new story, an existing story published in this site or elsewhere, or current work in progress (ie part of a serial that you also enter in the challenge). As usual absolutely no stories with adult/youth themes or heavy BDSM content will be allowed, and no exceptions will be made. Scatology, coprophagy, or faeces play will not be accepted. Diaper fetish is, likewise, deprecated.

Stories do not need to contain or avoid sexual encounters, nor need they be gay male stories, though authors' attention is drawn to the fact that this is primarily a gay site, with a gay male majority in the audience.

All stories that are accepted for the challenge will remain the copyright of the authors, and the authors and submitters give an absolute assurance that the stories may be published here. Authors' attention is drawn to the copyright statement at the foot of every page on this site. Stories accepted into the challenge and published on the site may not subsequently be withdrawn.

By submitting a story into the challenge the submitter gives an absolute assurance that he or she has the right to submit the story, that it is their own original work (or that they have the author's permission to submit it), and that it does not break any other person's copyright. Should the submitter be in breach of any undertaking in law, the submitter agrees that the webmaster be held harmless and that any such breach is the total personal responsibility of the submitter. Anyone recognising a work as their own and submitted without their consent, or having any issues with it should register this by clicking here and emailing the webmaster, explaining their reasons in detail.


An overall results page shows all the results gathered in one place. Obviously polls have to be open for the results to show! Until polls are open it is pretty obviously a work in progress.