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The 9th 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 16-24, 2015), 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 12-15, 2015) 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 (April 24-25, 2015).  A panel of judges review the final round stories and overall winners are selected.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition below...



We have reached our maximum number of participants this year, so unfortunately registration is now closed.  We will have plenty more exciting competitions in 2015, so make sure to join our mailing list and follow us on facebook and twitter to be the first to know when our next challenge is announced.  All registered writers will be e-mailed their assignments at 11:59PM EST on Friday, January 16th and they will also be posted here on  Best of luck to all the participants this year!


Official Rules and Participation Agreement.



  1st Round: January 16-24, 2015

2nd Round:

March 12-15, 2015

3rd Round:

April 24-25, 2015



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 2014, there were over 3,300 comments made on the 200+ stories submitted on the forum.  Click here to visit the forums.









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