I enjoyed writing the short story even though it didn’t win anything. I think I won by just writing!!! Read the first place winner and thought, yes, this deserves first place. Excellent idea and excellent suspense throughout.

Thank you for holding these contests. I’ve already signed up for the spring onslaught and am sharpening my pencils.



My first writing contest other than NaNoWriMo!

Just delicious. I might be hooked.



I love these contests. It really takes me out of my comfort zone!

Thank you!

I love it. As a new writer, I find it a great way to improve my craft. I appreciate the limited time because it forces me to think creatively and to dig deeper for plot and characters without constant rethinking. It’s fun. Can’t think of anything that needs tinkering with!

Oklahoma City

It’s somewhat challenging, but I like that. I take breaks to figure out what’s going to happen next. This is a lot of fun and I’m glad I stumbled across your website a few months ago.


Once again, I loved every second of the challenge. Thanks for making it happen.


Greetings, Angela.

I hope you are doing very well. I wanted to take a minute to give feedback on the 24 Hour Short Story contest. Though there are many contests out there and hopefully most are legit, there is one thing that stands out about Writer’s Weekly contest. That one thing being consistency. Other than the topic and the word count, which obviously must change, the rules are simple and straight forward. Additionally, writers are awarded prizes timely and reasonably. Not all contests are so, and this is why I look forward to each challenge.

That’s my two cents worth,

Have a great week.


Thanks for this very fun adventure.

Thank you for running the contest. It is always a challenge, always fun and somehow always satisfying to finally hit send.

Kind regards,


A publishing contract (as first prize + $300 cash)? OH BOY!

Chaleen Duggan, 1st place winner of the Spring, 2019 contest!

Even when I don’t win anything I love this contest. It’s such a challenge and such fun. Keep it going.

Elizabeth W.

Hi Angela,

I didn’t place this time, but I was a finalist in your summer contest, and the story I wrote for the summer contest (“Las Traidoras”) just got published in The Sirens Call! 🙂 Just wanted to let you know!

Alexandra Otto

Hi Angela,

I LOVE this contest; it’s helpful in my growth to become a better writer. Now I can breath…and wait for the results. 🙂 Betsy O.

Who says writing can’t give a person a rush?

Michael Smith

Hello Angela,

I am Angela also.  This is the first time I entered the contest.  I loved it!!  I found writing the story under the word count was the most challenging part.  I didn’t know that part was going to be so hard.  I like to show a story, not tell one.  I’ll have to learn how to do that in fewer words.  It certainly pushed my skills to a new level.  I can’t wait for the next contest!!
Thank you 😊
Angela Walters

Thank you for putting on this contest! I had a lot of fun, and the 24 hours, along with the word count, was just the right amount of pressure. Keep doing what you guys are doing!

-Eufrey Domingo

Thank you so much for the opportunity to be in your contest. It’s the first writing contest I have ever joined. I have loved reading your blog and getting so much free and valuable advice, but because of time constraints I have allowed myself to read instead of write. I feel that a weight has been lifted (off of my heart? my soul?) so that I now know I can write SOMETHING in 24 hours. How liberating! How joyful!

Peace and Blessings,
Trish Herron

Thank you so much, Angela.

These weekends are four on my favorites on the year! When you enter a submission for the 24 Hour Contest, one of two things will happen:

a) Your idea and execution rises up out of the pile, and you place somewhere among the winners—obviously a very cool thing.

b) You end up with a new story, that you drafted in a day or less, and one you never would have written otherwise. What you do with that idea from there is wide open. Maybe you expand it way beyond the initial word cap. Maybe a new character is born worth developing further.

If even a seed survives from that initial draft, then the experiment was absolutely worth your time. And even if that doesn’t happen, you still have given yourself a scenario in which you had to brainstorm from a given prompt, list and abandon the most obvious ideas, draft, polish, make decisions based on economy of words, and then fire off your best shot for professional review. All that for five bucks.

In short: There is no way for a writer to lose in this process. A

gain, thank you and I’ll see you in April.

David T.

Editor’s note: Contestants retain ALL rights to their contest entries and, of course, the characters they create. 🙂