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Inspired by a Picture: Waiting - A Writing Challenge

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

2018 Inspired by a Picture Challenge - Waiting

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 in the overall survey.

Submissions and Dates

Opening date

Submissions open on 11 May 2018. 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 is midnight UTC on 21 June 2018.

Runners and riders

Full entrants

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:

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

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.


Click all the stories that made you want to be either or both boys. Obviously read them all first! You get one multiple choice vote!!

Bubble and Squeak
New Balls, Please!
What a Difference a Day Makes
Waiting for My Boyfriend
Tennis, Anyone?
My Only Friend
Eye of the Heart
The Challenge That Is Tony � Green
Love in Paris
A Boys Cameo

Current Results

Voting period

Voting lasts for three weeks only. Polls open on 22 June 2018 at noon, and close at noon on 12 July 2018. 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). 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.