Welcome to the Short Story Challenge Interest Page!
We've just completed my favorite Challenge of the year: The Halloween Challenge! This year we tried something new! We added a children's version!
Challenge 1 was our usual Halloween Challenge, written mainly for adults and older children. Challenge 2 was entries appropriate for younger readers.
The Challenge 1 theme was Grave Mistakes.
The Children's Stories Challenge, Challenge 2 theme was Cobwebs.
These Challenge anthologies will be available on Amazon in October 2022!
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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Retellings of myths that might or might not be based on things that actually happened! Read the story and decide for yourself: was it based solely on a myth or could it be based on a memory? Hmm. . .
Look for this anthology on Amazon, available in paperback and for Kindle and KU! You can find it HERE!
This is the second book in our Unconditional Love series and this one focuses on family--the good, the bad, the frustrating! With stories that will make you laugh, touch your heart and make you reach out to your loved ones, there's something for everyone! Check it out HERE!
Halloween 2021: Candy, Carnivals and Carnage was released on October 13th, 2021!
Will tales that will scare you, horrify you and gross you out, this anthology is a must read!
Find it HERE!
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!
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!
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!
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