Submit Your Fifth Short Story For 2020 Today

Submit your fifth story for the 12 Short Stories in 12 Months Writing Challenge. To make the most of the writing community and to give and receive feedback on your stories you can share the link to your story on the 12SS Facebook Group.  Remember to post one story and comment on four. Destroy procrastination by writing one short story per month.

I will accept and approve posts for Stale (Word count: 1200 words) from 20 May 2020, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00), until 21 May 2020, 8:00 (Johannesburg time | GMT +2:00) on Please ask Google to figure out what time that will be in your part of the world.

Please submit your story on

  • Log in.
  • Submit (Top right).
  • Complete the form.
  • Select the correct category: Prompt 5: Stale.
  • Do not select any other category.
  • Your story must be 1200 words. I won’t approve stories under 1150 or over 1250 words.
  • Submit for approval.
  • Read and comment on four other stories. Please spread the love. Look for stories that haven’t been read, instead of everyone reading and commenting on the same stories. If you want tips on how to comment, read this post: The Complete Guide To Evaluating Your Short Story.


  1. This is an exercise in discipline. The comments are a bonus. There is no prize because I want you to focus on writing for yourself and to try and take more risks.
  2. Be kind when you comment. Start with a positive comment, suggest an improvement, and end with something positive. We are here to learn.
  3. Our next prompt is at the end of this post.

A few more points:

  1. I will try to read as many posts as possible, but I do have a day job that I would like to keep.
  2. NO hate speech. None. If you see something nasty that I should be made aware of, please send me a message.
  3. Be careful of profanity.
  4. I need to approve every post. Please be patient with me. I am teaching during the day and I will approve them as quickly as I can. They will all go up.

Can I still join?

You can join the 12 Short Story Challenge in any month. So, if you start in June, that will be month one for you and then May 2021 will be month 12. Sign up on

And here is Prompt 6: