Posted by: Kathy Temean | September 30, 2019

The 250-word Microfiction Challenge

The 250-word Microfiction Challenge is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create very short stories (250 words max.) based on genre, action, and word assignments in 24 hoursIn the 1st Round (October 4-5, 2019), writers are placed randomly in heats and are assigned a genre, action, and word assignment.  Writers have 24 hours to craft an original 250-word story (maximum) in their assigned genre, with the assigned action taking place, and incorporating the assigned word.  The judges choose a top 10 in each heat to advance to the 2nd Round (November 22-23, 2019) where writers receive new assignments and again have 24 hours to craft original stories.  Judges select the top 5 writers in each heat from the 2nd Round to advance to the Final Round of the competition taking place January 10-11, 2020 where writers will receive their final assignment of the competition.  Feedback from the judges is provided for every submission and there are thousands in cash and prizes for the winners.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition below and get ready for October 4th!

It’s easy to register.  First, download and read the Official Rules & Participation Agreement.  Once you’ve read through everything, you are ready to register by clicking the button below.  The entry fee is USD$25* until the final entry deadline of October 3, 2019 and space is limited.

*Get $5 off the entry fee just for tweeting!  Click here to make a post to Facebook or Twitter and receive a $5 promotional code.


While we send e-mails at the beginning of each round to all registered writers, many times e-mails go to junk mail folders, spam, or are blocked by servers for unknown reasons.  We recommend that everyone marks their calendars with the start dates of each round, especially the first challenge at 11:59PM EDT (New York time) on October 4th, 2019, so that you know when to expect an e-mail!

1st Round: October 4-5, 2019
2nd Round: November 22-23, 2019
3rd Round: January 10-11, 2020

Not only does every writer receive feedback from the judges for every story that is submitted, but a special review forum is available for the participants to submit their stories for review from fellow writers throughout the competition.  Click here to visit the forums.

Talk tomorrow,



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