The Chain Gang Challenge

6 writers – 6 hours – One Story


As part of the Short Story Day South celebrations, The Book Lounge (Cape Town) in association with Short Story Day South, challenges you to a chain story competition. At 10am on Tuesday 21 June, the first of a team of literary legends will sit down in the Book Lounge and start writing.  An hour later, the keyboard will be wrested from his/her hands and passed on.

As each segment of the story unravels, we’ll upload it to the Short Story Day South website. Readers will be able to watch the story unfold online and, at 4pm, when the last writer adds the final full stop, the polls will open and readers will begin voting for their favourite story.

Take up The Book Lounge challenge by assembling a team of writers in your city or town and registering your chain gang with Rachel for a page on the website.

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