A Whole New Decade of Writing – 12 Short Stories Challenge

Welcome to the 12 Short Stories Writing Challenge for 2020. We’re looking forward to another year of amazing short stories. Beat procrastination and embrace the awesome power of deadlines.

Today marks the beginning of the 2020 challenge.

  • The goal is to write 12 short stories in 12 months.
  • I post a prompt once a month, the deadline is usually 4 weeks later.
  • The word counts vary each month.
  • You post one story and comment on four other stories.
  • It is a great learning experience.

 Please remember: This is not a competition. It’s about discipline, productivity and learning. Not all my stories will be great, but they will, at least, be written.

Added bonus: Not only will you write 12 short stories in 2020, the word counts have been calculated to add up to 15 000 words exactly. That sounds productive.

Please join the Facebook group. It is the easiest place to stay up to date.

Here is the first prompt for 2020:


I have also created a list of the deadlines for you to note in your calendars. You can complete the list as the prompts are published.


  • Some competition rules state that stories must be ‘previously unpublished’. Each site has different definitions of published. Make sure to check before you post.
  • Copyright remains with you.
  • You publish on the site at your own risk.

Here are the deadlines for 2020:

12 short story deadlines

Download the PDF: SS DEADLINES 2020

If you have any questions please mail write@12shortstories.com

Let’s write 12 Short Stories in 12 months.