From an original field of 4,500+ writers around the world and after two rounds, we are down to the final 90!  The finalists have just 24 hours to create a 1,500 word maximum story based on the assignment below:

 

Genre: Open

Subject: Side effect(s)

Character: A gravedigger

 

Best of luck over the next 24 hours!

 

Competition Links: 

1st Round: Kickoff Email | Assignments | Results

2nd Round: Kickoff Email | Assignments | Results

Final Round: Upload Link

Rules: Official Rules & Participation Agreement

 

 

The 13th 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 18-26, 2019), 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 (April 4-7, 2019) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write a 2,000 word (maximum) short story.  Judges select finalists and the remaining writers are challenged to write a 1,500 word (maximum) story in just 24 hours (May 17-18, 2019) in the third and final round of the competition.  Feedback from the judges is provided for every submission and there are thousands in cash and prizes for the winners.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition below and get ready for January 18th!

 

   

Registration is now closed.  We will have many more competitions in 2019, so make sure to sign up for our mailing list and follow us on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to know about our next competition.

   

   

While we send e-mails at the beginning of each round to all registered writers, many times e-mails go to junk mail folders, spam, or are blocked by servers for unknown reasons.  We recommend that everyone marks their calendars with the start dates of each round, especially the first challenge at 11:59PM EST on January 18, 2019 so that you know when to expect an e-mail!

 

  1st Round: January 18-26, 2019

2nd Round:

April 4-7, 2019

3rd Round:

May 17-18, 2019

 

 

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 2018, there were over 9,500 comments made on the 700+ stories submitted on the forum.  Click here to visit the forums.

 

 

     
 
Carrie S.
San Francisco, CA, USA
“Done! So excited....this is such an exhilarating exercise. :)”
     
 
Kim B.
Hixson, TN, USA
“And with less than 50 minutes to deadline, I have done this thing I thought I could never do and submitted a short story in a major contest/challenge. Whew, now to rest and wake up tomorrow beset with anxiety and fear while I wait.”
     
 
Dave M.
Katy, TX, USA
“That was exciting! Nothing like a tight deadline to get the creative juices flowing.”
     
 
Miguel R.

New Jersey, USA
“Done. It made my wife cry, I'm taking that as a good sign. Although it was comedy, so maybe not.”
     
 
Kai Love
Hazel Crest, IL, USA
“Submitted and feeling a great deal of relief. This was such a great learning experience for me. Good Luck to all!!!”
     
 
Janet P.
Newberg, OR, USA
“Wahooooooo.Done.Crazy fun.”
     
 
Rachel C.
Jumbunna, Australia
“Mine is in. Not a genre I was comfortable with but proud of what I submitted. Good luck to all!”
     
 
Cheryl B.
Greenville, SC, USA
“All done! Phew! That was down to the wire. I can't wait to what everyone else came up with on the forums!”
     
 
Dawn F.
Indianapolis, IN, USA
“First stab at political satire is saved, stored, backed up and submitted! So much fun!”
     
 
Ileana J.
Happy, TX, USA
“This was immense fun! Luck to all!”
     
     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 








 

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