New! StoryADay ‘Fun-Size’ Challenge Debuts this May 

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Introducing a kinder, gentler challenge for busy writers

Every May writers challenge themselves to write a story a day, to stimulate their creativity and create lots of new drafts. This year for the first time, the founder of the StoryADay May Challenge, Julie Duffy, is issuing a new ‘fun-size’ challenge for people who would like to write, but find the idea of writing 31 stories in a month intimidating.

This year’s slower stroll through short story month will see writers gathering ideas and working step-by-step through a single story, building good writing habits through daily tasks and prompts.

“Every year writers complete the classic challenge and stumble into June exhilarated and a little exhausted,” says Duffy. “After 12 years of working with writers throughout the year, I’ve built this new challenge around the little day-to-day actions we take — from mindset to words-on-the-page— that create a satisfying writing practice.” While the classic 31 days of short story prompts still exists, Duffy says this new fun-size will contain bit-sized daily tasks and even some time away from your desk. 

If you’ve always wanted to write short stories, but were intimidated by the StoryADay May challenge, this year’s fun size challenge was built with you in mind. Find out more at StoryADay.org


Founded in March 2010, StoryADay.org challenged writers to start and finish a story every day in May. Starting with 97 participants in 2010, thousands of writers have now ‘won’ the challenge and many of their stories have been published. StoryADay has grown to include an online community, courses, a podcast and a StoryADay September challenge. StoryaDay has been a Writer’s Digest 101 Best Website for Writers since 2017 and a pick for their favorite podcast. Media resources: https://storyaday.org/media/


Julie Duffy (she/her) challenged herself to write a story a day in May 2010 and has since built a vibrant community around the challenge. She has written five novels and countless short stories, was the genre columnist for Flash Fiction Chronicles, has partnered with NaNoWriMo’s Young Writers Program, written for Writers’ Digest and Writer’s Journal magazines and is an occasional columnist for Writer Unboxed. She is a popular speaker, podcast guest and workshop leader wherever creative people gather.

Contact: Julie Duffy

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