FAQs – Flash Fiction Challenge

What is The 30 Days of Flash Fiction Challenge?

The 30 Days of Flash Fiction Challenge is a writing challenge on Deadlines For Writers. The goal is to write every day for 30 days. For this challenge, we will focus on improving our discipline and practise writing flash fiction.

When does the challenge start?

The first prompt will be posted on 1 March 2022. Sign up closes 28 February 2022.

Are there costs involved?

Yes, a fee of US $35 is payable upon registration. It is a non-refundable fee.  

How do I receive feedback?

Writers post one story and comment on four stories.

What is Deadlines for Writers?

Deadlines for Writers is the home of several writing challenges. We help writers beat procrastination by providing prompts, deadlines and a safe place to post their work. We give and receive kind, but constructive feedback.

Can anyone join?

Only writers who are older than 18.

Does the copyright remain with me?

Yes, it does. Please note that you do post here at your own risk.

Must I use the prompt?

Yes, but it is only meant to kickstart your writing. You do not have to use it in the scene. It’ll help you most when you are stuck.

What is the word count for 30 Days of Flash Fiction?

This challenge has specific word counts. The word count will vary every day and will not exceed 300 words per day.

Can I post at any time?

You have 24 hours per prompt to post.

How much should I set aside for this challenge?

We recommend 30 – 60 minutes per day, every day of this month for reading and writing. This does depend on how fast you write and read.

I missed the deadline. Can I still post my story?

No, unfortunately not. You can only post on the day of the deadline. No late submissions will be posted but keep writing. If there is a problem please contact Mia.

Who can read my story?

Your story will be read by members of the site. The site and your profile can also be found on Google. The first part of your story(usually the first paragraph) will be visible on the SERP page of Google, but a reader must log in to read the whole story.

Where is Deadlines For Writers based?

We work from Pretoria, South Africa. Time zone: GMT: +2:00

Do I have to post at a specific time?

Stories are approved from 8 AM(GMT+02:00) on the day of the deadline until 8 AM(GMT+2:00) the following morning. As long as you post in that window you will be fine.

Is there an age restriction?

Yes, no under 18s. These are adults writing adult stories. Heed the warnings. Like in any bookstore you are responsible for your own reading experience.

Can I post in any language?

No, only English stories, please.

What are #braggingrights?

Writers who earn #30/30 receive a super cool badge. You have to write 30 flash fiction in 30 consecutive days to qualify. That means your stories are posted on time, are relevant to the prompt and have the correct word count. You have the right to brag about it.

Where can I find you on social media?

Join the Deadlines for Writers Facebook Group. Lots of action happens here. Follow us on Instagram.

Who is Mia?

Mia has used her many years of procrastination experience to create 12 Short Stories. She is a writer and a writing teacher, as well as a master of desk organisation and tile grout scrubbing. After yet another year of unfinished manuscripts, random scribbles and self-loathing she decided to set this challenge for herself. It turns out she is not the only one who needed to out-source her discipline. Mia has completed the 12 Short Stories in 12 Months Challenge five times. In 2021 she completed her novel during the 52 Scenes Challenge and in 2022 she will be rewriting that novel. Read more at www.miabotha.com

More Questions?

Please mail us: write@12shortstories.com

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