The 8th 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 (February 7-15, 2014), 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 27-30, 2014) 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 2-3, 2014).  A panel of judges review the final round stories and overall winners are selected.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition below...


Registration is now closed and the 2nd Round is officially underway!  We'll have more exciting writing competitions in 2014, so make sure to sign up for our newsletter and follow us on facebook and twitter to be the first to know.  Good luck to the writers participating!


Official Rules & Participation Agreement


  1st Round: February 7-15, 2014
  2nd Round: March 27-30, 2014
  3rd Round: May 2-3, 2014


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 2013, there were over 1,800 comments made on the 150+ stories submitted on the forum.  Click here to visit the forums.









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