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Write short stories with us in May!


You've tried National Novel Writing Month, now get ready for a new challenge: to write a short story every day in May! 

How to participate: 

Set a personal challenge from your Dashboard. You can set a new challenge for every story you write, or just set one long challenge and write multiple short stories in the same document. To set a challenge, click "Yes please!" from the invitation box on your Dashboard. 

Set your word count goal based on how many stories you plan to write, and how long each story will be. For example, if you want to write a story each week, that's four stories total, and if each story will be about 5,000 words, then your total goal will be 20,000 words. You can ask an adult for help with the math if you get stuck, or if you're having a particularly un-mathy kind of day (it happens). 

Educators, if you want your class to participate, set a classroom challenge from the Challenges area of your classroom (otherwise you won't be able to track students' progress). 

Get started with our "How to Write Short Stories" webcast:

Thursday, May 3, 10 AM PDT (Your Time Zone)

Watch the webcast live, or watch the archived video later. View on YouTube in order to see the chat.

Read author interviews and prompts to stay motivated:

Check Breaking News every Tuesday and Friday for interviews with authors like Jerry Spinelli and Lisa Doan. They'll share tips for writing short stories, and leave you ready to write with a prompt.

Check Breaking News now!

Connect with other short story writers in the forums:

Ask questions, talk about what you're writing, maybe even share your stories with other young writers. Writing is more fun with a buddy (or ten)!

Join the Short Story Month forum.

Learn more about our partner StoryADay in May.

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