Short Story Challenge Update

All right, short story writers. The first seven months of our Short Story Challenge 2013 have come and gone. The goal was 13 stories completed in 2013.

Here’s my count:

These stories are “New & Need Edits”:

First Time



God Called


At the Fair

These are the “Old & Revised”:

Run or Bleed

Two Trunks — ACCEPTED to Spry Literary Magazine for its upcoming Issue #3

Hot Coffee Miracles

These are the “New & Not Finished”:

Sunday School

Wedding March

Come Home

Sadie Wallace

So I count 13 stories there and the goal was to have 13 ready for submission during the October-December submission window.  I also started a series, Snowed in Memphis, which I plan to have follow the Canterbury Tales organization. The prologue draft is here.

Next steps

I’m going to focus on the old and revised and try to polish those for submission. Then I’ll work on the new and need edits to get them ready for submits. They’re the closest contenders.

As for the New & Nots, I think I need to put together a workshop for those. Something along the lines of, “What does the character want?” and “What’s the story really about?” Snowed in Memphis needs a lot of construction work, so it’s probably going have to wait until the Challenge is over.

What about you? How far have you gotten in the 2013 Short Story Challenge?

6 thoughts on “Short Story Challenge Update”

  1. I’ll have to get back to you on this, Kasie. I’ve kind of taken a vacation over the summer months. I’ve been submitting them all along though. Is that a bad thing? I’ll do a round up on the weekend and let you know how it’s going. You’re in awesome shape though 🙂

    1. Not a bad thing! I’ve submitted a couple, too. That’s why two of the links are only active for a short time. Have you posted your work anywhere?

    1. Great progress, Melanie. I’m not sure if it’s better to submit all along, or to prep and then submit all at once. We’ll see how October goes!

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