Just submit your write ups at NYC Midnight to get a chance to win $2,000 !


  • $2,000
  • $750
  • $500

How to Win

The 10th Annual Short Story Challenge is a creative writing competition open to writers around the world. There are 3 rounds of competition. In the 1st Round (January 22-30, 2016), writers are placed randomly 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 2nd Round (March 17-20, 2016) where writers receive new assignments, only this time they have just 3 days to write a 2,000 word (maximum) short story. Judges choose finalists from the 2nd Round to advance to the 3rd and final round of the competition where writers are challenged to write a 1,500 word (maximum) story in just 24 hours (April 29-30, 2016). A panel of judges review the final round stories and overall winners are selected.

It’s easy to register. First, download and read the Official Rules and Participation Agreement. After you have read the rules, you are ready to register by clicking here. The entry fee is US$45* on or before the early entry deadline of December 17, 2015 and US$55* until the final entry deadline of January 21, 2016.

Contest Duration

Contest ends: January 21, 2016

More details at www.nycmidnight.com