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About StoryADay


StoryADay is a creativity challenge:
Write (and finish) a short story every day during May and/or September.

(or on your own schedule!)

StoryADay exists to promote creativity, not to teach you how to ‘be a published writer’.
(And sometimes we do it all over again in September.)

Year ‘Round Extras
  • SWAGr – On the first of every month, join our Serious Writers’ Accountability Group (SWAGr) and post your commitments for the coming month. (We’re serious, not somber!)
  • Write On Wednesday – mini lessons disguised as short story writing prompts
  • Blog –  posts on writing craft and creativity, and occasional reviews of short stories we’ve learned from
  • Podcast – 15 minutes of pep talks and writing prompts every other Saturday

Listen to Julie Duffy speak about StoryADay on DIYMFA Radio

DIYMFA Podcast Interview with Julie Duffy from StoryADay



  1. Write (finish) a story every day for a month during May (and/or September).

No, you don’t have to post it here—or anywhere. Just write.
And yes, there are more ‘rules’,  tips, tricks and information. Read more now…

Optional writing prompts are posted at the site every day during the challenge.

(Some days there are two, because we have fabulous celebrity guests who stop by to post prompts (past Guest Prompters have included Neil GaimanGretchen RubinHeidi DurrowJoe R. LansdaleSeanan McGuire, Jerry Jenkins and Jonathan Maberry.)

Use the prompts if you need them, but feel free to simply drop in to the blog comments and say ‘I wrote today!”, and bask in the cheerleading of your fellow writers.



Sometimes you need a big, hairy audacious goal, to scare your Inner Critic into letting you write.

It sounds crazy, but thousands of people have taken part in StoryADay May & September since 2010. Read some of what they have achieved, and what they say about the challenge.

And don’t worry, we’re not going to leave you on your own.


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Get your free, StoryADay Productivity bundle when you sign up for more info


  • 2 mini-workshops (The Creative Challenge Workbook and The Keep Writing Workbook)
  • Printable Writing Log and Sample Writing Log Spreadsheet
  • Printable Story Spark Catcher 
  • The exclusive 4-page StoryADay Coloring Book

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