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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Our Current Anthology!
Due to be released on June 16th, 2021, Unconditional Love: Animals Edition is our current anthology. Filled with stories of brave animals, injured pets, loss and love, it will make you laugh, cry and hug your favorite animal!
Fantasy and Fairytales Challenge!
This was our first Challenge for 2021! We had everything from sweet love stories to stories of redemption and revenge. Ogres, fairies, warriors and mages. Check it out HERE!
Halloween 2020 Challenge!
Covid-19 was still affecting everything, and many of the stories reflect this new reality. There are also cute stories, poems and lighthearted tales to balance out the spookier, scarier stories! You can find this anthology HERE!
2020 Spring Fever Challenge!
Covid-19 hit hard. All our plans went out the window. The world turned upside down. Check out our author's stories, poems and experiences in this anthology, HERE!
The Love Letters 2020 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! This anthology also had a chapter devoted to past winners so you can see how they felt about the challenge and what they were up to when this was published! You can check it out HERE!
2020 Christmas Spirit 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!
2019 Halloween Short Story Challenge!
Our first Challenge was the 2019 Halloween Short Story Challenge, published October 2019. You can check it out HERE!
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