From an original field of over 960 writers, 40 finalists were selected to compete in the 3rd and final round of the competition where they had just 24 hours to create an original short story (1,500 words max.) based on a genre (Open), subject (Jealousy), and character (A fisherman).  The overall winners have been selected and are listed below.  Congratulations to everyone, this year was an amazing competition!


#1 'Low Ebb' by Byron Rom-Jensen SYNOPSIS - In 1943 Denmark, a teenage boy agrees to help a Jewish girl escape to Sweden. But when she is joined by another man, the boy contemplates an awful choice.

#2 'Lure' by Sara Cassidy SYNOPSIS - A recent retiree whose husband had an affair ten years ago awakens his jealousy when she discovers a love for fishing. But the newfound fisherwoman has something to be jealous of herself: the freedom of the fish she is after.

#3 'Six More Months' by Jenny Platt SYNOPSIS - Morgan desperately wants what he canít have. But he has a secret hidden within his tackle box that will soon change that.

#4 'These are Such Precious Things' by Audrey Webb SYNOPSIS - A lonely fisherman, envious of his brotherís life, tries to possess what does not belong to him.

#5 'The Weight of the World' by Lisa Leraas SYNOPSIS - After decades of marriage, Ethan decides that itís time for a change. Alice isnít so sure about that.

#6 'The Hand of Grace' by Rachel Sink SYNOPSIS - The captain of a Great Lakes fishing trawler is haunted by memories reawakened by the birth of his first child.

#7 'ONE CRANK, TWO SMALL GEARS' by Stuart Siegel SYNOPSIS - A garage sale evokes a flood of memories, and rekindles a decades-old rivalry.

#8 'Fishing on Jetty No. 9' by Jonathan Ochoco SYNOPSIS - A man in a coma celebrates his birthday with a visit from his parents and gets something he didnít want.

#9 'Prize Catch' by Jamie Campbell SYNOPSIS - Upon discovering his wifeís betrayal, a downtrodden New England fisherman is driven to uncharacteristically bold action in cooking up a fitting revenge.

#10 'GIVIN' TO GET' by Bob Bowersox SYNOPSIS - A young boy receives an invaluable life lesson when his grandfather leads him past a jealous disappointment while teaching him to fish.

#Honorable Mention 'God Damn, the Fisherman' by Julie Frayn SYNOPSIS - When the Baker and the Fisherman vie for the attention of the same reporter, a deadly game ensues.


#Honorable Mention 'The Selkie's Daughter' by Gina Grandi SYNOPSIS - When her mother returns to the sea, her fatherís heart goes with her.


#Honorable Mention 'The Message' by Geoffrey K. Liu SYNOPSIS - A woman in her golden years is delivered a heartbreaking message from her distant past by an unlikely messenger.


#Honorable Mention 'the hungry spear' by pete sutton SYNOPSIS - Two fishing friendsí lives are changed when a woman comes between them.


#Honorable Mention 'Into Paradise' by Jenna Willett SYNOPSIS - It begins with a violent tremble and shattering glass. It ends with a difficult choice and a leap of faith.



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...


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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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