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Adverbially Challenged Volume 4

Profits From Book Sales are Donated to Charity

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I'm proud to present Adverbially Challenged Volume 4, the fourth book in the Adverbially Challenged series. We have surpassed trilogy status and moved into the realms of tetralogy. Will we have to use the word 'pentalogy' in the future? Oh yes, I think we assuredly will.

The book was officially launched on Saturday 16th March 2019. It contains 100 adverb-stuffed flash-fiction stories, written by 100 authors who submitted their adverbially-saturated prose to Mike’s Not-Entirely-Serious Wantonly-Rule-Breaking Adverb Writing Challenge.

Adverbially Challenged Volume 4

Adverbially Challenged Volume 4, in space hopper orange - cover artwork by David Fielden

Adverbially Challenged Volume 4 gained a special mention for 'Best Anthology' in the 2019 Saboteur Awards.

Saboteur Awards

Screenshot of the special mention - WHOOP

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Where to Buy Adverbially Challenged Volume 4

Adverbially Challenged Volume 4 is available from Amazon in print and Kindle eBook formats.

Proceeds from book sales will be donated to First Story, a charity that helps improve literacy in low-income communities. You can learn more about FS in the 'about the anthology' section below.

Kindle Copies of the Anthology

Buy Kindle eBook copies of the book here.

The book can be found on all of Amazon's websites by searching for the book by name or searching for the Amazon Standard Identification Number (ASIN):


You don't have to own a Kindle to read a Kindle-eBook version of the anthology. You can download a free Kindle app that works on most devices from Amazon's website.

Printed Copies of the Anthology

You can purchase printed paperback books here.

The book's ISBN is:

  • ISBN: 9781796910032

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About Adverbially Challenged Volume 4

Adverbially Challenged Volume 4 contains 100 adverbially-overloaded stories submitted to Mike’s Not-Entirely-Serious Wantonly-Rule-Breaking Adverb Writing Challenge.

The challenge was conceived by Mike Scott Thomson, a tall man (to be fair, many people seem tall to me due to my stumpy stature, so 'tall' might be an unfair accusation - you can decide for yourself when/if you meet him) who lives in London.

Mike Scott Thomson, Chris Fielden, Jude Higgins and Allen Ashley

Mike Scott Thomson The Tall, Chris Fielden The Short, Jude Higgins The Perfectly Proportioned and Allen Ashley The Also Tall, pictured at the launch of three other writing challenge anthologies in London

You will find a full history of the adverb writing challenge in the introduction of the book. It has become surprisingly epic. When we launched the challenge, we assumed people would think it was a silly idea. Well, they did, but it seems people like being silly. Hence, the adverb challenge has become an epic beast worthy of a place in literary history.

At the time of its publication, Adverbially Challenged Volume 4 was the eighth writing challenge anthology released.

Adverbially Challenged Volume 4 at number 9 on Amazon

When it was launched, the book got to number 9 on Amazon in the category 'Fiction Anthologies', alongside some pretty epic names.

The Writers In The Anthology

All the writers in Adverbially Challenged Volume 4 submitted their stories to Mike's Adverb Challenge, which is one of the many writing challenges run on my website.

The 100 authors of the 100 stories contained in the anthology are:

Abigail Rowe, Alan Barker, Alex L Williams, Alicia Sledge, Allen Ashley, Alyson Faye, Andre Othenin-Girard, Andrew Jones, Angela P Googh, Anita Goveas, Annalee Macfarlane, Anne Babbs, Arlene Everingham, Ben Hopkins, Betty Hattersley, Beverley J Hall, Bridget Scrannage, Carmen Bock, Cathy Cade, Christopher Fielden, Claire Apps, Clare Tivey, David McTigue, David Silver, David Wright, Debaprasad Mukherjee, Debbie Singh, Dedra Tullison, Elizabeth Coby, Emma Leeming, Franca Basta, Francesca Pappadogiannis, Gavin Biddlecombe, Gillian M Seed, Gillian Wright, Hannah Brown, Hullabaloo22, Irene Lofthouse, Isabel Flynn, J.A. Palmer, Jack Evans, Jade Robinson, James Michael Lindsay, Jamie Einchcomb, Jan Brown, Jan Lister, Jay Bee, Jessica Turnbull, Joanna Shaw, Johanna McDonald, John Notley, Joseph Martin, Joseph Spence, Josh Leeson, Kathryn Evans, Kelly Van Nelson, Khamis Kabeu, Lanie Goodell, Laura Tipping, Lesley Anne Truchet, Linda Hutchinson, Lindy Gibbon, Liz Berg, Lucy Morrice, Maddy Hamley, Malcolm Kerr, Malcolm Richardson, Margaret Stokes, Maria Carvalho, Marlene Pitcher, Martin Strike, Matilda Rice, Meg Gain, Michael Rumsey, Michelle Payne, Mike Scott Thomson, Nam Raj Khatri, Nathan Land, Neil Phillips, Pat Hough, Peter Corbally, Rachel Pickett, Rene Astle, Robbie Porter, S. M. Chiles, Sandra Orellana, Sandra Purdy, Sarah Ann Hall, Sarah Brentyn, Sarah Howard, Sarah Mosedale, Stéphanie Constans, Steven Barrett, Sue Partridge, Tiarnán Murphy, Tony Thatcher, Valerie Fish, Victor India, Victoria Ryan and Wendy Roe.

What a fabulous gaggle of authors they are. Isn't 'gaggle' the collective noun for geese? Yes, apparently it is. After finding that lovely little resource, I started researching the collective noun for authors and found this interesting post on TripFiction. What is the collective noun for writers? You can find the answer there. (I use the term 'answer' loosely, but it is a fun read.)

How Book Sales Support Charity

For every book sold, £1 will be donated to First Story.

First Story Charity Logo

You can learn about First Story on the about page of their website.

You can find details of how much money has been raised via all of the writing challenges on the main writing challenges page.

Future Anthologies

If you'd like to submit a story to the adverb writing challenge, you can do so here. Every story is published. Each time we receive 100 stories, we publish a book.

Book Launch Party

The book launch party took place on Tuesday 20th August 2019 in conjunction with Talking Tales at LeftBank, 128 Cheltenham Rd, Bristol, BS6 5RW, UK. We also be celebrated the launch of Sensorially Challenged Volume 2  at the event.

26 readers performed their stories. Some were from the anthologies, some were from local flash fiction writers and some were from Talking Tales submissions.

Talking Tales Book Launch Authors

A pic of the readers at LeftBank in Bristol, UK

The readers were:

AH Creed (who read a story written by Gail Everett), Angela Dawson, Christie Cluett, Christopher Fielden, Diane Simmons, Jessica Turnbull, John Holland, John Wheway, Jude Higgins, Ken Elkes, Kevlin Henney, M S Foster, Malcolm Richardson, Mark Fielden, Mark Rutterford, Mary Fielden (who read a story written by David McTigue), Mel Ciavucco, Michael Evis, Mike Scott Thomson, MM Lewis, Nicolas Ridley, Oliver Kennet, Phil Tunstall, Tim Burroughs and Tom Parker.

You can learn more about the launch party, the sales statistics from launch day and see more photos on the main writing challenge book launch page.

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Anthology Cover

The book's cover was designed by David Fielden. Unfortunately for Dave, he's related to me. Life can be very unkind.

Dave and Chris Fielden

Dave and Chris, dressed in togas, playing rock, because... well... why not?

When not losing the will to live due to his brother's constant book cover and website related demands, Dave dances around ancient monuments naked and tries not to get arrested. He sometimes licks people in super market queues and then pretends he didn't do it, even when CCTV footage proves otherwise. His favourite car is the Suzuki Wagon R (yawn) and he's addicted to pink toenail polish.

Yes, Chris wrote this biography for him. If he can't be arsed to write his own, the truth will be told. The whole truth. Nowt but the truth. Only the truth. Nothing in this biography has been made up. NOTHING.

Adverbially Challenged Volume 4 Full Book Cover

Adverbially Challenged Volume 4, Entire Book Cover by David Fielden

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David M
Hi Chris, this is good news. I'm looking forward to getting my grubby little paws on a few copies, and press-ganging unsuspecting family members/passers-by into buying into this worthy cause.

100 authors? We certainly knock the Bronte sisters into a cocked hat.

Yours challenged (in so many ways), Dave

Chris Fielden
Great stuff, thanks Dave.

Press-ganging is highly recommended and a fabulous way to elicit sales. Good idea - top work, sir.

Yours also challenged (in many, many way), Chris

Martin S
I'm delighted to secure this latest volume to add to the spectrum of 'Challenged's' in my personal library. Can I suggest bruised peach as the colour of the next tome? Well done Mr Chris. Never mind cocked hats, this is yet another feather in your great clucking chicken of literature. We all love you!

Chris Fielden
Thanking you, Mr Martin. We've just hit the top 10 best sellers in the 'Fiction Anthologies' category alongside some proper famous people, which is most pleasing.

Are you coming to read at the book launch in August?

Martin S
Top-ten-tastic, here's pushing for single digits. Make way proper famous people.

Our presence at the launch may occur. Will know for sure nearer the time.

Chris Fielden
Most excellent, good sir. Hopefully see you in August, if not before.

David M
My Noble Liege, due to reduced circumstances I have not been able to order as many copies (2) as I'd hoped in the first instance.

I have donned the hair shirt of ignominy, for keeping us off the Sunday Times Bestseller List. 

However, people have birthdays in the months ahead and will have this volume in their goody bag. Those who are especially good will get the new sensorially  opus too.

Good luck with the tour, Sir Macca of Merseyside

Chris Fielden
Most excellent, good sir. You are a legend and a gentleman, indubitably. I hope those lucky folk enjoy their goody bags, made all the more glorious by being overloaded with adverbs and sensory description.

Thanking you re the tour. I'm looking forward to it. Hope to see you in August for the launches.