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january 2024

Start Strong Writing Challenge

January 2 - January 30, 2024

Begin your year with a bang with this exciting FREE contest, including:

Ready to Get Creative?

January 2nd – January 30th, 2024


Register for the challenge and join us on YouTube for live streams and discussions

The Foundations

Develop good writing habits to help you all year round with our series of encouraging email tips and additional livestream events.

Craft Your Tale

First, we'll provide an object, location and verb which your story MUST use. Then, we'll throw in some twists. This exercise in flexibility will help train you to face any writer's block in 2024.

Win Prizes

Submit your finished 1000 word story for a chance of winning one of a variety of fantastic prizes from AutoCrit!

Got Questions?

Answers to common questions about the challenge.

Nope. It’s free! To participate in the challenge, you don’t have to be an AutoCrit Professional Member. However, all challenge participants will become AutoCrit Free Members. This will allow you to access the AutoCrit Hub and Writer’s Desk, which will be useful during the challenge.

If you are already an AutoCrit Professional Member, you’ll also have the chance to participate in exclusive pop-up challenges for additional prizes! Check the AutoCrit Community for more details.

If you choose to, yes! By the end of the challenge, we hope you’ll have crafted a new, 1000-word short story based on the template we provide. Submit your work to our judges, and we’ll choose a selection of the most striking or creative to win a prize. AutoCrit will make no claim to any rights whatsoever regarding your story – it remains entirely yours to publish wherever you like.

AutoCrit Professional Members can check-in to the AutoCrit Community. For anyone who checks-in on a daily basis, we will be giving away some fantastic prizes! Note: These check-in prizes are a Professional Member benefit and are not related to your ability to win the Start Strong Writing Challenge grand prize.

The prompts will be revealed on the first livestream and will also be emailed to you. Make sure to stay tuned to future livestreams and keep an eye on your inbox for the various twists along the way! 


Challenge Opening Stream: January 2nd, 2024, at 1 pm Eastern US

How To Make Sure Your Story Idea is Solid: January 9th, at 1 pm Eastern US

The Twist & Being Flexible as an Author: January 16th, at 1 pm Eastern US

The Second Twist & Learning How to Finish Projects: January 23rd, at 1 pm Eastern US

Live Reading of Finalist Stories :  January 30th, at 1 pm Eastern US

For the best benefit, we recommend you subscribe to the AutoCrit YouTube channel so you don't miss out on stream notifications.

Recordings will be available on YouTube if you miss the live session.

Register Now - It's Free!