Q. Can we provide previously
written short stories during the competition?
A. No. All short stories must be created
during the competition and must be based on the genre and subject
Q. Can I participate if I'm under 18 years
A. Yes, but
anyone under the age of 18 must have a parent or guardian send their
consent to firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
1. The subject line of
the e-mail should be: Parental Consent for Short Story Challenge
2. Their consent for your participation in the
competition in the body of the e-mail. For example, "I am the
parent/guardian of __________(Participant Name) and I hereby provide
consent for him/her to participate in the Short Story Challenge 2013
3. The full name and phone number of the parent/guardian
in the body of the e-mail.
Can teams of writers (more than 1) work on the stories?
You may list additional writers on the registration form, but please
note that ONLY the writer who registers will be eligible for the
Who owns the rights to the stories created during the
writer. NYC Midnight reserves the right to publish the
and e-mail address of any writer that enters the competition for
publicity purposes, but that's it.
Q. How closely do we have to follow the
A. The story must be written in the
assigned genre, the assigned subject must be integral to the plot of
the story, and the assigned character must be a relevant character
used in the story.
Q. Do you
have some examples of past assignments?
A. Yes, here are a few from last
Drama / A laboratory / A teacher
Romantic Comedy / Recycling / A
Sci-Fi / Halloween / A bus driver
Horror / A trial / A CEO (Chief
Fantasy / Luck / A lead singer
Q. What are the
acceptable formats for the stories?
A. The only acceptable formats are .doc (Word Document),
.txt (Text File) or .rtf (Rich Text Format).
Q. What are the rules regarding spacing?
There are no rules regarding spacing,
you may space the stories any way you like.
Q. What is a brief synopsis of
A. A brief synopsis is a 1-2 sentence summary of your story.
It should be simple, yet very enticing (the main goal is to make the
reader excited to read your story).
What kind of feedback will we get for our stories?
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 2012, there
were over 1,700 comments made
on the 140+ stories submitted on the forum.
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