Tuesday, January 04, 2011

Midnight Short Story Challenge

If you like NaNoWriNo, you might like the Midnight Short Story Challenge.

The 5th annual NYC Midnight Short Story Challenge is now open for registration! Deadline of Wednesday, February 2, 2011. Entry fee is $49; use the discount code SHORTAW to receive $5 off.

This fun writing challenge is open to writers around the world. There are two rounds of competition:

1st Round (February 4-12, 2011): Writers are placed randomly in heats. Each heat is assigned a genre and a subject. Some examples of past genre and subject combinations are: Comedy / Hunting, Fantasy / Steps, Horror / A family reunion, and Sci-Fi / A blind date. Writers have eight days to write an original short story (2,500 words max).

Winners are chosen from the 1st Round to advance to the 2nd Round and compete for thousands in cash and prizes. (First prize = $1,500; Second prize = $500; Third prize = $250; Fourth prize = $100).

2nd Round (April 1-2, 2010): All of the writers receive the same genre and subject at midnight (EST time) and have just 24 hours to write an original short story. A panel of judges review the final round stories and winners are chosen.

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