What is #vss365?
#vss365 is a tweet-sized writing prompt based on a specific daily word prompt. Entries must incorporate the word into a story or poem. The words are typically used as thematic inspiration but can be used however the writer wishes. The prompt is delivered by the designated host on their Twitter account. There are two hosts every month, each with their own unique style and word choices.
"vss365" stands for Very Short Story 365. The idea behind the hashtag is to give writers daily writing inspiration every day of the year. Because the stories were the size of tweets, they were dubbed "very short" stories.
#vss365 was created by FlashDogs in 2016 and originally planned to last one year. After growing in popularity, Voimaoy began the process of scheduling monthly hosts. She maintained this role until 2020, when Arthur Unk took over scheduling. Starting in 2021, a team of Ambassadors started handing scheduling. Also in 2021, as part of the continued popularity, the hosting period was shorted to two weeks, allowing two hosts per month.
To get started with #vss365, all you need is a Twitter account. Once the prompt is posted, write a story using the prompt. Make sure you include the #vss365 hashtag and the prompt word as a hashtag so everyone can find it. That's all there is to it! For some writing tips, check out this excellent blog post from Sal Page.
What if I don't have a Twitter account?
A Twitter account is not required to participate. You can still write a story from the prompt, use the prompt as inspiration, or incorporate the prompt into something else.
What if I miss a day?
If you miss a day, you can skip that prompt, write multiple stories, or combine the words into one story (called a combo post)! There are no hard-and-fast rules. It's all about having fun.
How is the prompt managed?
#vss365 is managed by a charter and a team of writers who help guide the prompt's direction and the individual hosts during their hosting period. The primary guidance and Host Moderator provided is by LeviKrain. Additional guidance comes from the Ambassador Team and Special Counsel.
- derickijohnson, January / February
- KelvinROfficial, March / April
- Alva1206, May / June
- MariaAPerez1, July
- auntie_social, August
- LeviKrain, September / October
- PatchieSteve, November / December
- Making_Fiction, prompt originator
- Voimaoy, former Host Moderator
- ArthurUnkTweets, former Host Moderator
- Caleb, vss365today.com creator
About #vss365 today
#vss365 today was a hobby project created by Caleb, an IT professional, poet, and participant in #vss365. The site was active and updated from January 14, 2019 until December 31, 2013. It was initially created to assist getting the #vss365 prompt into the hands and minds of more writers more easily. You can read more about this site on his blog.