Try your skills in the 2020 Short Story Challenge

NYCMidnight has announced its fourteenth Short Story Challenge. The annual competition is open to writers around the world.  The entry fee for this year is USD$48 by the early deadline of December 12, 2019, and USD$58 until the final entry deadline of January 16, 2020. There are thousands in cash and prizes for the winners,  the organizers say.

This year, there are 4 rounds of competition this year. In the first round (January 17-25, 2020), writers are placed 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 second round (April 2-5, 2020) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have 3 days to write a 2,000 word (maximum) short story. 

The judges again choose a top 5 in each heat to advance to the 3rd Round (May 15-17, 2020) where writers receive new assignments and have 2 days to write a 1,500 word (maximum) short story. 

Judges select finalists and the remaining writers are challenged to write a 1,250 word (maximum) story in just 24 hours (June 19-20, 2020) in the fourth and final round of the competition.  Feedback from the judges is provided for every submission. Click here for more information.

(Photo courtesy of La Marchande de Soleils, a love story for children, about a young and poor newspaper seller girl and a glamorous singer and his Talisman that always tells the truth.)


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