1.Can I start in any month?

Yes, you will be joining the 2018 group. So, if you start in June, that will be month one for you and then May 2019 will be month 12.

2. What are the points all about?

You will earn one point per month per story. The goal is to earn twelve points in twelve months. To qualify for a point your story must be submitted on time, with the correct word count and be relevant to the theme. You can see your points on the leaderboard.

3. Does the copyright remain with me?

Yes, it does. Please note you do publish here at your own risk.

4. Does the word count have to be exact?

Yes, as exact as possible. It is part of the discipline and will help you to be a better writer.

5. Can I post any time?

No, please only post on the day of the deadline.

6. I missed the deadline, can I still post my story? 

You can still post your story, but you won’t earn a point.

No, unfortunately not. You can only post on the day of the deadline. No late submissions will be posted.

7. How do I comment on another writer’s story?

Please read the evaluation guidelines below.

  1. Be specific
    1. ‘I don’t like it’ or ‘Wow, I love this’ is, hard to learn to from. Break the story up into sections and try to give praise, advice, and comments about specific sections or topics.
  2. Be positive
    1. This is hard enough without having other writers tell you your writing sucks. Chances are you know it needs work, or you wouldn’t be here.
  3. Be kind
    1. I am not explaining this. If you are not sure about this one, please refrain from commenting.

8. Do I have to read other writers’ stories? 

Yes, you post one story and comment on four other stories. You can comment on more stories if you wish.

9. What do the levels mean?

Level one is free. You get deadlines and comments. Level two is $50, you get all the free stuff and a full appraisal of any of your twelve stories and free entry into the 2018 short story competition, making you eligible for super cool prizes. (The competition will work a little differently this year and happen a little earlier. The entry fee for the competition is $35.)

10. Who can read my story? 

Your story will be read by members of the site. The site and your profile can also be found on Google. The first part of your story(usually the first paragraph) will be visible on the SERP page, but a reader must log in to read the whole story.

11. When is the competition happening?

The competition opens mid-2018. There will be two deadlines. The first deadline is optional and gives you the opportunity to workshop your story. The second deadline is final. It is non-negotiable. You will receive a new prompt, which will be different to the 12 Short Stories monthly prompt. The prizes are going to be awesome.

12. Who is Mia?

Mia has used her many years of procrastination experience to create 12 Short Stories. She is a writer and a writing teacher, as well as master of desk organisation and tile grout scrubbing. After yet another year of unfinished manuscripts, random scribbles and self-loathing she decided to set this challenge for herself, it turns out she is not the only one who needed to out-source her discipline. Right now, she is trying to write 12 short stories in 12 months (for the second time).

13. What are #braggingrights? 

Writers who get #12/12 earn a super cool badge. You have to write 12 short stories in 12 consecutive months to qualify. That means your stories are posted on time, are relevant to the prompt and have the correct word count.

14. Where can I find you on social media?

Join the Facebook Group:

Lots of action happens here: https://www.facebook.com/groups/242122619564906/

Follow us on Instagram:

This is an easy place to find the prompts: https://www.instagram.com/12shortstories/

15. Where is 12 Short Stories based?

We work from Pretoria, South Africa. Time zone: GMT: +2:00

16. Do I have to post at a specific time? 

Stories are approved from 8 AM on the day of the deadline until 8 AM the following morning. As long as you post in that window you will be fine.

17. Is there an age restriction? 

No, but these are adults writing adult stories. Take heed of the warnings. Like in any bookstore you are responsible for your own reading experience.