The 30-Day Dialogue Challenge

Join The 30-Day Dialogue Challenge

Do you want to write better dialogue? You’ve come to the right place. Sign up for the 30-day dialogue challenge.

During August 2021, we will be improving our dialogue writing skills on Deadlines for Writers.

Overcome your fear of dialogue.

Dialogue is an amazing tool. It brings your characters to life. It propels your story forward and it is fun to write, but many writers are overwhelmed by all the rules. Put the theory into practice and master the rules by joining us for a new flash fiction writing challenge focussed on dialogue.

Make your characters talk. 

How will it work?

  1. Every day during August 2021 I will post a dialogue prompt on at 8 am (GMT+02:00).
  2. You will have 24 hours to post your flash fiction submission.
  3. Once the new prompt goes up, the previous prompt is closed.
  4. It will all be flash fiction under 500 words.

The Rules:

  1. Post one, comment on four.
  2. Be kind.
  3. Post in the correct timeframe/window. If you’ve missed the prompt/deadline, you’ve missed it.
  4. Stick to the correct word count.
  5. English only, please. Sorry, I just don’t have the resources for more languages.
  6. Read the FAQs.
  7. You post on the website at your own risk.
  8. You earn one point per post. The goal is to earn 30 points.

Why will a deadline help? 

I started Deadlines for Writers because I needed accountability. I know how hard it can be to motivate yourself because I’m a recovering procrastinator. Now, it’s four years later and I have learnt how effective and productive deadlines can be.

You will receive accountability, productivity, and access to a great writing community along with 30 prompts, 30 deadlines, and 30 writing tips to improve your dialogue. You will also give and receive feedback to and from your fellow writers on a daily basis.

The cost:

US$35 (This is a non-refundable fee. It is non-refundable because it adds to accountability.)

You will get:

  1. A profile on Deadlines for Writers.
  2. 30 Prompts, published daily, which will help you to brainstorm your dialogue.
  3. 30 Dialogue writing tips emailed every day during the challenge.
  4. A daily deadline to hold you accountable.
  5. And at the end, if you post once per day for 30 days, you will have 30 pieces of flash fiction.

Want to join?

New members:

  1. Register and make payment.
  2. Complete your profile.
  3. Read the FAQs.

Existing Deadlines for Writers members:

  1. Go to Account.
  2. Show All Membership Levels.
  3. Add 30 Days of Dialogue.
  4. Make payment.
  5. Read the FAQs.


  • The first prompt will be published on 1 August 2021.
  • The last prompt will be published on 30 August 2021.

The challenge is to submit 30 posts in 30 consecutive days.


I will accept and approve posts for the specific prompt from, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00), on the day of the deadline until, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00) the following day on

Please ask Google to figure out what time that will be in your part of the world.


During this month we will be writing for 30 consecutive days. You will post 30 pieces of writing. These will be written in answer to dialogue-specific prompts. If you post every day, you will have practised dialogue for 30 days and you will have completed 30 pieces of flash fiction. Is it going to be easy? Nope, but you will have the support and enthusiasm of a group of like-minded writers with the same goal. You will also give and receive feedback while you write with and learn from your fellow writers.


I believe in prompts, and I would encourage you to use the prompts for this challenge. Every day you will receive a new prompt. The deadlines make the stories appear, but the prompts add the magic. It is a little bit of the unknown to keep you on your toes.

Write better dialogue in 30 days. Sign up here.

If you can’t join the challenge, buy The Dialogue Workbook

Mia Botha by Mia Botha

Buy Mia’s book on how to write short stories: Write the crap out of it and other short story writing advice

If you can’t join the challenge, buy The Dialogue Workbook

Posted on: 25th July 2021