The 12th 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 26 to February 3, 2018), 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 29 to April 1, 2018) 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 11 to 12, 2018).  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 26th!

 

   

It's easy to register.  First, download and read the Official Rules & Participation Agreement.  Once you've read through everything, you are ready to register by clicking the button below.  The entry fee is USD$45* by the early entry deadline of December 14, 2017 and USD$55* until the final entry deadline of January 25, 2018. 

 

   

  *Get $5 off the entry fee just for tweeting!  Click here to make a post to Facebook or Twitter and receive a $5 promotional code.
     
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  Early Entry Deadline: December 14, 2017
  Final Entry Deadline: January 25, 2018
  1st Round: January 26 - February 3, 2018

2nd Round:

March 29 - April 1, 2018

3rd Round:

May 11-12, 2018

 

 

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 2017, there were over 7,000 comments made on the 550+ 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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