Chapter 2024

Turning the page

Alex Godley
Short Shorts
Published in
2 min readJan 15, 2024


Photo by Jill Wellington

As the new year unfolds, the January story prompt is about new beginnings.

New beginnings can take many forms.

Turning the page of a grippingly good book can be just as much a new beginning as starting a whole new chapter.

Your story could explore themes of:

  • Starting fresh
  • Reinvention
  • Transition
  • Exploration
  • Discovery
  • Courage
  • Opportunity
  • Embracing change
  • Embarking on a new journey
  • Taking a chance

It could be set during the present, the dawn of time, or the distant future.

This means your story could align with one of a range of genres from historical fiction to science fiction.

Whatever you decide, the challenge is to fit the story within a frame of 350 words.

The story with the most claps in response to this prompt will be added to the Short Shorts Featured list at the end of the month.

Don’t forget to link to this prompt when submitting your piece so we know to include it in the count.



Alex Godley
Short Shorts

I’m a humble bard who likes to play with words and create new worlds. I also like chocolate. And cake.