The Nursery Files Challenges

Write a fic on any challenge whenever you like =) We now accept submissions of any length if you don't have a webpage to call your own.

Anyone, not just authors already archived here, is allowed to submit fic for challenges. And once you do, you'll be a TNF author too! All you need to do is write a fic. Short, long, whatever makes your muse happy. First time writers more than welcome to participate. E-mail your completed fic, or a link to your fic on your site (either completed or a wip in that case,) to nurseryfiles@mulderscreek.com

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Our Challenges:

William's Favorite Ornament Challenge
Choose one of the ornaments to inspire your William-themed Christmas fic
Fics to date for these challenges: 2

Halloween Night Challenge
Take an opening paragraph that's missing a few details, and write a story set Halloween night
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

The Day Before/The Day After Challenge
Write a teenage William fic with scenes set on two required dates. (season 10)

Season 10 Guest Challenges by Kyouryoku Senshi
Write stories about how a child broke Mulder and Scully up, and rewrite a scene/episode/season 10 to include William's younger sibling who was born post-IWTB

His Sister, Emily Challenge
Write a story that is set after Requiem that contains both William and Emily being raised together as siblings

A Boy and His Dog, A Girl and Her Cat Challenge
Write a story about a child and his or her pet. This can be any child - William, Emily, Luke Doggett, the XF characters themselves, an Original Character - and any type of pet

One And a Half Men on The Run Challenge
Gibson's dialogue in "The Truth" suggests that he and Mulder were together for at least part of the time Mulder was away from Scully and William. Mulder has never been one to sit on his hands, has he?

While Scully Was Gone Challenge
There are several of stories that imagine what it would be like for Mulder to return and discover he's the father of Scully's child(ren). What would it be like for recently returned Scully to find out that she's the mother of Mulder's child?

William's Older Brother Challenge
Your challenge is to write a story about William discovering that he has a living older brother or half-brother (this older brother can be an adult)

Early Childhood Fears Casefile Challenge
There are a number of fears that are typical of toddlers and young children. Your challenge is to base a casefile story around one of these fears. Is the fear all in the child's imagination... or is there more to it?

The Christmas Child Challenge
Your challenge is to write a Christmas fic about a baby or child born on 12/25
Fics to date for these challenges: 2

Malicious Wishes Challenge
Your challenge is to write about Mulder having a run in with a second Genie and this time Mulder decides to wish that he can give Scully a child. It doesn't go as planned...

Season Nine Missing Scenes Challenge Pack
1013 "forgot" to include several scenes in season nine. Try your hand at one or more of the challenges

This Halloween Challenge
Write a tale about October 31, 2015

Baby/Kidfic plot Generator
Click the magical button, get random pregnancy, baby, or kidfic plot to write about
Fics to date for these challenges: 9

Reinstated Challenge
Send Mulder and Scully back to the FBI in this reboot-themed challenge

First Christmas With You Challenge
Write about a character's first Christmas with their newly born, newly adopted, newly discovered, or newly reunited child
Fics to date for these challenges: 4

Take Two Challenge
Combine any two challenges on this site

Tell Mulder, Tell Mulder challenge
Have Mulder be told that he's going to be a dad, twice

Lamaze Class challenge
Send Scully and Mulder (or two other characters) to Lamaze class before the birth of a child.

Halloween Crossover Challenge
Write a fic set at Halloween that's a crossover with a scary TV show, book, or movie.
Fics to date for these challenges: 5

Baby and the Bad Man Challenge
Beautiful babies and very bad men. Write a fic about Mulder learning he has a half-brother by CSM, or Scully discovering that Krycek is the father of her hybrid child.

The End of Emily Challenge
Write a fic set while Emily's still alive during "Christmas Carol" and/or "Emily".

William's 13th Birthday Challenge
Write a fic about William's 13th birthday, 15 months after They came

Mother's Day/Father's Day Challenge
Write a fic about an X-Files' character's Mother or Father's day

Outnumbered Challenge
Write a fic about parents being out numbered: either twins + another child, or triplets = outnumbered

A Day at Grandma and Grandpa's Challenge
Write a fic about Mulder, Scully, Skinner, Doggett and/or Reyes spending time with a grandchild/ren

It Wasn't His Child Challenge
Write a fic about an X-Files character adoring the child of their love interest and someone else

This Christmas Challenge
Write a fic set during Christmas 2013
Fics to date for these challenges: 2

When The Wind Blows Challenge
Write a fic about an X-Files character having a baby during a storm

Picture It Challenge, Halloween Edition
Pick one or more of several pictures to write a halloween story about

Picture It Challenge, Christmas Edition
Pick one or more of several pictures to write a holiday story about
Fics to date for these challenges: 2

The Accidental Guardian Challenge
When Reyes goes missing and her husband dies, Doggett finds himself looking after her young children.

William's 10th Birthday Challenge
May 20th, 2011 makes a decade since William's birth. Use three given words in a fic to celebrate the day.

Take Your Child To Work Day (XF Style) Challenge
Send an X-Files character's offspring with them on a case
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

Plucked From the Past Challenge
Use time travel to rescue Samantha Mulder, Emily Sim, or Luke Doggett from their early death

Other Family Holidays Challenge
Show a couple (other than Mulder and Scully) spending a holiday with their child/ren

I'll Be Cloned For Christmas Challenge
Clone one of the canon characters this Christmas!
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

Thanksgiving 2010 Thankful/Angstful Challenge
An either/or challenge. Have Mulder and Scully with William for Thanksgiving or spend a disquieting holiday with a friend or family member's young child instead
Fics to date for these challenges: 2

Halloween Flashback Challenge
Write about two Halloweens: this Halloween, and one during an adult character's own childhood.
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

Mixed Feelings Challenge
Write a fic about Scully having mixed feelings when she discovers she's pregnant after IWTB
Fics to date for these challenges: 4

Picture It Challenge
Pick one of five seven pictures to write a story about
Fics to date for these challenges: 2

Tell Me a Story Challenge
A character tells their child about an unaired case.
Fics to date for this challenge: 1

Season Eight Missing Scenes Challenge Pack
1013 "forgot" to include several scenes in season eight. Try your hand at one or more of the challenges in this revised challenge collection
Fics to date for these challenges: 6

Long Gone Challenge
Your version of why Doggett and Reyes weren't in IWTB
Fics to date for this challenge: 1

Christmas List Challenge
Include this short list of items in your 2009 Christmas baby/kidfic
Fics to date for these challenges: 4

One Each Way Challenge
In fics Mulder and Scully acquire children in a variety of ways. Write a fic that includes every one of those six (or up to nine!) ways.

Halloween Trick Challenge
Write a spooky fic with trick or treaters having a trick played on them.
Fics to date for these challenges: 3

Project Midnight Challenge
Give one of the other challenges a dark twist
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

Moving Day Challenge
A pregnant character in her new home
Fics to date for these challenges: 3

Kicked Out Challenge
The Van de Kamps have kicked William out. What happened?!

IWTB Scene Re-Write Challenge
Rewrite part or all of the second X-Files movie to include William

Christmas Reunion Challenge
Reunite Mulder and Scully with their son this Christmas.
Fics to date for these challenges: 3

Halloween 2008 Challenge
Start a halloween fic with a given line
Fics to date for these challenges: 2

A Hybrid's Tale Challenge
Those other hybrids Mulder and Frohike talked about in "Emily" are now teenagers. Tell us about one of them
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

William's Seventh Birthday Challenge
William's 5th birthday was fun, so we're going to celebrate as he turns seven on May 20th, 2008
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

Christmas 2007 Challenge
Write a fic with a given first line or use the photo for inspiration
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

Halloween 2007 Challenge
Include a short list of things in a fic set this Halloween
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

My Baby Isn't Human Challenge
Convinced that their child isn't human, someone seeks X-Files help

Televised Challenge
Months after giving him up, Scully sees William on TV. Why?

Once Upon A Time Challenge
Write a fairytale!
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

Christmas 2006 Challenges
The challenges are: No Room At The Inn and Holiday Bizarre.
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

William's Twin Challenge
Write a fic about William being a twin instead of a singleton.
Fics to date for these challenges: 2

Crossover Challenges
Two challenges. A. Cocoa Girl's Harry Potter/X-Files challenge B. General Crossover Challenge with a show/book/movie of your choice.
Fics to date for these challenges: 1

Children With Others Challenge
Give a main character a child with another character that they're not usually paired up with (Scully & Skinner or Doggett, Mulder & Marita or Reyes etc)

2012 & 2012 Revisited Challenges
Two challenges for the price of one. One set during invasion, the other during colonization.
Fics to date for these challenges: 3

William's Fifth Birthday Challenge
William turns five on May 20th, 2006
Fics to date for these challenges: 6

Stolen Ova: Another Child Challenge
What if Scully learned of another "Emily" after having her miracle baby?
Fics to date for this challenge: 2

Amor Fati Sons Challenge
Imagine a situation in which you reveal that the two "sons" that Mulder and Fowley had The Sixth Extinction II: Amor Fati were real children, not just Mulder's dream.
Fics to date for this challenge: 2

Doggett-Reyes (DRR) Babyfic Challenge
Give Doggett and Reyes a baby or very young child

TNF & Erin Blair's Emily Is Alive Challenge
In a MSR fic set season 7 or later, write about Emily not really having died.
Fics to date for this challenge: 2

Big Family Challenge
Give Mulder and Scully (or another couple) five or more kids.

A Home For Gibson Challenge
Gibson hasn't had a real home since he was a small boy. Give him one!
Fics to date for this challenge: 2

William's Alternative Outcome Challenge
Have an XF character take William instead of strangers adopting him.

The Foundling's Tale Challenge
Someone finds a baby or small child. Then what?
Fics to date for this challenge: 3

Merry Multiples Challenge
Give someone twins, triplets, quads etc in time for Christmas.
Fics to date for this challenge: 3

GillyX29's Birth Scene Challenge
What if Mulder delivered William instead of Reyes?
Fics to date for this challenge: 2

Thanksgiving 2005 Challenge
Mulder, Scully, Doggett and Reyes spend Thanksgiving together.
Fics to date for this challenge: 2

First Day Of School Challenge
Set a casefile in a school in September.
Fics to date for this challenge: 1

It's Another Boy Challenge
Write about the birth of William's little brother.
Fics to date for this challenge: 3

Lazy Hazy Days of Summer Challenge
Write about the photo on this challenge's page
Fics to date for this challenge: 3

"He's My Mommy" Challenge
Some poor XF guy gets knocked up! Tell us about it.
Fics to date for this challenge: 3

Green Goo Fetus Challenge
What did Mulder do with the live n' kicking Fetus from "Emily"?
Fics to date for this challenge: 3

Choose Your Own Christmas and/or Hanukkah fic Challenge
Pick your choice of elements to create a holiday fic.
Fics to date for this challenge: 3

Kid Resurrection Halloween Challenge
Set a fic at Halloween. Bring (child or teenage) Samantha, Emily, or Luke Doggett back from the grave.
Fics to date for this challenge: 3

Mulder Babyfic Alternative Universe Challenge
Imagine "The Truth" doesn't happen. Now imagine Mulder returns at the end of season nine with a baby...
Fics to date for this challenge: 4



Authors' Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to have fics archived here before participating in challenges?
No. Everyone is welcome to submit challengefics, regardless of whether or not I've sought out your fics before. Remember, if you have fics that would fit in here and haven't been asked about them, it's because I haven't discovered them, not a reflection of my opinion of your writing skills.




Questions people have asked before writing their fics

Can I write a fic for a challenge that another author has already responded to?
Yes, if you have an idea of where to take a challenge, don't let the existence of other fics for that challenge scare you off. The more the merrier!

What are the length/word count requirements for challenge fics?
There are none. You are always free to write a fic to whatever length suits your story.

What ratings are okay?
Any. Given that they're baby and/or kidfic challenges Plot What Plot (PWP) fics would be difficult to write and honor that requirement of the challenges, but it's okay if your fic contains scenes adult in nature if they fulfill the challenge as well

What are the deadlines?
Non-Holiday challenges: There are no deadlines for fics unrelated to holidays or birthdays. Send them in whenever you're ready to.

Holiday challenges: Fics for new holiday challenges are due the night before the holiday in question. If you'd like to write a fic for a past holiday challenge (perhaps, for example, in 2010 you'd rather write a fic for the 2005 Merry Multiples challenge than the upcoming I'll Be Cloned for Christmas challenge) please submit fics prior to the holiday in whatever year you're writing them in. Fics for birthday challenges are due May 20th of any given year.

Can I write a fic for an old challenge?
Absolutely. You're welcome to submit new fics for any of the old challenges, even holiday ones (see "deadlines" above).

Can I write a fic that fulfills multiple challenges?
If you'd like to, yes.

Can I base a series of fics on different challenges?
Yes. If you can, for example, find a way to write one fic using challenge #3, write a sequel to it using challenge #45, and continue with a fic based on challenge #34, we'd be happy to see it and impressed.

What else should I know before I start writing?
All of the challenges above require a baby or child character, and this character should be an important figure within your story. They're kidfic challenges, so you'll have to forgive me if any of the individual challenge requirement pages don't make that explicit enough for new authors.

I love this site, when's your birthday so I can write a fic for it?
Just kidding =) (but any fics arriving the second week of April would be cherished)



Questions people have asked about submitting their fics

What formatting should I use?
Please submit your fics as text doc or word doc files. I'll take care of things like characters per line, but if you skip lines between paragraphs and changes in speakers within dialogue, you'll make things a lot easier on your archivist.

What should my headers say?
Within the document of your fic, you need to fill in the following
Title:
Author:
Summary:

You're welcome to add as many additional pieces of information to the headers as you'd like - like a e-mail address for feedback! - but the three above need to be included

What should the subject line of the e-mail say when I send in a fic?
If you forget it's okay, but your story is less likely to be marked as spam if you write "[title of your fic] by [you] for [challenge name]"

Where do I send my completed story?
nurseryfiles@mulderscreek.com

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