Welcome to the Short Story Challenge Interest Page!
You've landed here because you're interested in learning more about the Short Story Challenges.
I created the first Challenge because I know how easy it is to come up with a story idea, make excuses about why you can't write it right now, then forget about it.
I always wanted to be a writer but I kept putting it off. I always had a good "reason." Kids, job, health. But then I decided I was putting my writing first--no more excuses!
I'm now a published author and I want to help others overcome their doubts and fears, to become published authors themselves. And I want to form a community that encourages each other to make their dreams a reality.
The Challenges are generally two-weeks long, centered on a general theme, and submissions that are accepted are published in an anthology, after the Challenge ends. During the two weeks you'll receive prompts and reminders. You can also join the Challenge Facebook group to get support, offer suggestions, and get inside information.
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The First Challenge!
Our first Challenge was the 2019 Halloween Short Story Challenge and the anthology was published October 2019. You can check it out HERE!
The Second Challenge!
The second Challenge was the 2019 Christmas Spirit Short Story Challenge! It ran from October 27 to November 10, 2019. You can check out the anthology HERE!
The Current Challenge!
This Challenge was a little different! The theme was Love Letters and for the first time, there was a shorter time limit and a word limit! I'm in the process of creating the anthology and will post the links here when they are ready. This anthology will also have a chapter devoted to past winners so you can see how they felt about the challenge and what they're up to now!
The NEXT Challenge!
What will it be? One of themes we're thinking about is Pets! And if we do that, we'll probably donate part of the proceeds to an animal charity! Sign up now to find out and have input on the NEXT Short Story Challenge!
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