The 15th Annual Short Story Challenge 2021 Kicks Off Friday

The 15th Annual Short Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world. It is hosted by NYC Midnight, an organization that has been holding inspiring challenges for storytellers since 2002.

There are 4 rounds of competition. In the 1st Round kicking off this Friday, January 22nd, writers are placed in groups 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 group to advance to the 2nd Round where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have 3 days to write a 2,000-word short story.

The judges again choose a top 5 in each group to advance to the 3rd Round where writers receive new assignments and have 2 days to write a 1,500-word short story. Judges select finalists and the remaining writers are challenged to write a 1,250-word story in just 24 hours in the fourth 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. In addition, two dollars from each entry will be donated to global charities dealing with some of the most critical issues affecting our world, and writers choose where that donation goes.

Learn more about the competition, register, and read winning stories from previous competitions at the link below. Space is limited and registration closes soon. Good luck and stay safe writers!

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