Dead Letters Challenge

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Name: Dead Letter Challenge, Dead Letter Variations Challenge
Date(s): 2000-2001, 2008
Founder: Kate Bolin (2000-2001), Seperis (2008)
Type: Challenge, Fan Fiction
Fandom: Multifandom
URL: (2000-2001) (2008)
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The Dead Letters Challenge is a Fan Fiction challenge to write an epistolary work from the point of view of a dead character. The character is allowed to write a letter to a single person from beyond the grave.


In 2000/2001, the challenge was founded by fanfiction writer and archivist Kate Bolin based on The Dead Letter Office.[1] While the challenge was primarily aimed at Buffy the Vampire Slayer, other fandoms participated as well.

Dead Letter Challenge (2001)

The Rules

Quoted from the website:

"take a character.

kill him/her.

let him/her write one last letter. it can be to the world. it can be to a particular person. it can be to no one.

s/he's died, and this is all that remains.[2]

Dead Letter Challenge (2008)

Also known as Dead Letter Variations Challenge.

In 2008, Seperis introduced a new variation of the Dead Letter Challenge.

The Rules

The rules of the 2008 version match the original with the following additions/changes.

  1. Any fandom, any length, slash, het, gen, other, RPF and FPF welcome.
  2. There are no limits on how many people can do the same character or same fandom.
  3. You can do as many letters as you want.
  4. Please link to the story in comments here so I can create a link directory. And you know, read it. Since I seriously seriously love these stories.


  1. ^ The Dead Letter Office (Accessed October 1, 2008; web site no longer active June 2015)
  2. ^ Dead Letter Challenge Homepage, Kate Bolin (Accessed October 1, 2008)