The 1031 Story Challenge

UPDATE: The first stories are coming, so be sure to check them out on the page above, or by clicking HERE.

Friends, writers, sundry:

Halloween is almost here, and whether you celebrate / party / believe or not, there's no denying that it's a great time for writers. Tales of ghosts, ghouls, other worlds and all things scary have always been a big part of our world - and there's something special about a good horror story.


To have some fun this year, I'm proposing The 1031 Story Challenge. What does that mean? Simple - those who want to take part just have to stretch their imaginations, be brave enough to get scared, and pen a new story that's under 1031 words. Those of you who are clever will have worked out already that 10 / 31 is the date (in U.S. order, yes) of Halloween itself.

If you want to be extra clever, how about trying to hit the number on the head? Now that WOULD be scary.

To take part in The 1031 Story Challenge just comment below, follow along on Twitter using #1031Story (you can find me as @sipclark) and get cracking - there's a good two weeks to go. You can host the stories on your own blog or, if you wish, I'll happily put them up here. All work, whatever genre, remains your own, of course.


What's the 10310 Story Challenge?

It's a tradition I just made up of getting people to tell stories for Halloween that are shorter than 1031 words.


Because it's fun, and people are amazing.

What's a 'story'? 

Whatever you want. Fiction, poetry, art, essays...

Who are you?

I'm a writer. I have stories here and there, and a novel.

Who can take part?

Anyone. Everyone. I really want to see some fun and creative stuff happen.

Are there prizes? I love prizes.

Maybe. Maybe.

So if I want to take part...?

Just do. When your story is up, let me know, and we can spread the word. Publish it yourself and send me a link, or send it to me and I can put it up. The choice is entirely yours. If you want to contact me, feel free at any time.

The 1031 Story Challenge - Good Luck!

Photo: Carole Pasquier


  1. Ooooh, I don't think I'm going to have time to write something by the end of the month, but I will spread the word!

  2. Mine is going to be set in a cathedrals. Obvs. Or maybe a graveyard. Too obvs?

    1. You have special expertise - I shall be disappointed if there's no cathedral! Maybe Sarah can take part as well since she's in your writers group...