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    Posted: 19 Jun 2020 at 10:55pm
I found a section of the NYCM site that has a lot of oooooold interviews with prior winners.  (If interested, check here: http://www.nycmidnight.com/Articles/Articles.htm)

The interviews gave a ton of info that I found interesting:

The Short Story Challenge has been going on since 2007 (so this is the 14th one).  The first few comps looked very different than the one we're doing now.  From what I can tell, the original version had only two rounds instead of four.  And although round one was identical to now, (8 days to write a 2,500-word story) round two was a true nightmare: 24 hours to write the same length--2,500 words.  Hell, I think 48 hours to write a 1000-word flash piece is hard enough.  Two and a half times as many words, in half the time?  Ska-rew that.

Also, the entrant pool has really scaled up since those first few contests:

2007 Short Story: 200+ entries
2008 Short Story: 550+
2010 Short Story: 600+
2011 Short Story: 650+

Since I started doing the SSC in 2017, the numbers were:

2017 Short Story: 3800* (rough estimate from memory)
2018 Short Story: 4000* (rough estimate from memory)
2019 Short Story: 4729
2020 Short Story: 4737

The Flash Fiction has also undergone some explosive growth since debuting as the "Creative Writing Championships" in 2008.  There aren't any numbers from 2008-2009, but in 2010 (when it was renamed the Flash Fiction Challenge) there were 430+ writers.  In 2017, when I started, there were:

2017 Flash Fiction: 2500+
2018 Flash Fiction: 3039
2019 Flash Fiction: 3779

Just fascinating to see how much more competition there is now--and how much has NYCM had to scale up their website/servers/judging etc. since 2007?  I can't imagine the headaches and issues--but I'm glad they've persevered to make these contests what they are.

Good luck to everyone in the final!  And no matter what happens, I'll be back for Flash Fiction next month...

Trey
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jhill Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jun 2020 at 7:56am
Thanks for the stats, Trey! Great to see how much the contests have grown. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote chrissie0707 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Jun 2020 at 9:09am
Wow!

Can't wait for Flash next month!!
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Yes, contests have gotten better.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote manifestlynot Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 26 Jun 2020 at 5:25pm
So interesting! I bet they changed the Round 2 word count because 2500 words in 24 hours is just hot garbage LOL
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tromatojuice Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 27 Jun 2020 at 5:49pm
Thanks for the stats. Curious to see the headcount for the upcoming flash fiction challenge. 

You can add those stats too: 
2020 micro fiction challenge round 1: +7.600
2020 micro fiction challenge round  2: + 1.600
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Charlie272 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Jun 2020 at 11:13pm
I actually did the third one, in 2010. If I recall, there were 35 or so groups of about 20 people each. Only the top two advanced and I was not one of them. There were only two prompts, genre and subject (I got romance and a taste test). At the time there had only been one winner ever because the same guy won it the first two times they did it. I wasn’t particularly thrilled by the experience... so I waited ten years to do it again. When i returned it was for Flash (2019), and have had much more fun doing every contest since. I’m still trying to find a home for that damn taste test romance story i wrote a decade ago.
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