The 11th Annual Short Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world.  There are 3 rounds of competition.  In the 1st Round (January 20-28, 2017), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, subject, and character assignment.  Writers have 8 days to write an original story no longer than 2,500 words.  The judges choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (March 23-26, 2017) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write a 2,000 word (maximum) short story.  Judges choose finalists from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 1,500 word (maximum) story in just 24 hours (May 5-6, 2017).  A panel of judges review the final round stories and overall winners are selected.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition below and get ready for January 20th!



It's easy to register.  First, download the Official Rules & Participation Agreement.  Once you have read the rules, you are ready to register by clicking here or on the button below.  The entry fee is USD $45* until the early entry deadline of December 15, 2016 and USD $55* until the final entry deadline of January 19, 2017.



*Get $5 off the entry fee just for a simple tweet!  Click here to make a post and receive a $5 promotional code.



  Early Entry Deadline: December 15, 2016
  Final Entry Deadline: January 19, 2017
  1st Round: January 20-28, 2017

2nd Round:

March 23-26, 2017

3rd Round:

May 5-6, 2017



Not only does every writer receive feedback from the judges for every story submitted, but a special review forum is available for the participants to submit their stories for review from fellow writers throughout the competition.  During the Short Story Challenge 2016, there were over 5,800 comments made on the 400+ stories submitted on the forum.  Click here to visit the forums.






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