The Honest Storytelling Challenge

Submit for free a story about honesty fictional or based on your own lived experience for a chance to win prizes. 

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"The truth is rarely pure and never simple." —Oscar Wilde

The Honest Majority believes in the power of honesty for building better relationships, communities, and futures. In partnership with Plot Twisters, a game design collective dedicated to personal storytelling and positive self-reflection, we invite you to participate in The Honest Storytelling Challenge — a storytelling contest for reflecting on and writing about honesty from your perspective.

 

As we move into an increasingly connected, post-COVID world, the pursuit of critical thought and mutual understanding becomes more dire. This year has already proved incredibly difficult for many communities across the globe, putting many of us in a place where we are not only unraveling our cultural and political identities, but our personal stories as well. As both real-world and digital media produce more and more narratives for us to digest, the process of discerning where we stand becomes more challenging. Though this process can be harrowing, we want you to know that you are not alone.

 

Now is the time to reflect on the role of honesty in your life. Perhaps you have a story to tell about a past circumstance, or a hope about the future. This is an opportunity for you to explore your relationship to critical thought, truth, and understanding. We encourage you to dig deeply and share your observations.

Contest Duration

October 24 – December 19, 2022

 

Submission Requirements

  • Personally authored, original work, no plagiarism. 

  • 500 to 1000 words, inclusive.

  • Written primarily in English – “code-switching” is ok.

  • Attempted literary merit – all writing and storytelling styles are encouraged.

  • No computer-assisted content – you wrote this.

  • Not previously published in any electronic or print medium.

  • Keep private information private. 

  • No defamation.

  • You must identify yourself: no anonymous posts; you can use a pen name, but your submission registration must be linked to a valid social media account of a real living person (no bots).

  • You are encouraged to include one image that must be free for your own use and not protected by copyright.

  • There must be at least 48 submissions for us to select winners and award prizes.

  • We will accept the first 60 qualifying submissions only.


By submitting, you agree to the FULL TERMS AND CONDITIONS

 

Winner Selection

Winners will be selected in the following categories:

Funniest

Most insightful

Most surprising

Best overall

Eligibility

Void where prohibited by local, regional, or national laws.

Prize

Cash prize

The Honest Majority merchandise: shirt, mug, and sticker

Cross-publication of winning stories on The Honest Majority and Plot Twisters websites

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