100-word comp

I’m Writers’ Forum Magazine’s Competitive Edge columnist. If you’ve judged / entered competitions, click here.

** Please check your word count. Your stories have to be 100 words (EXcluding the title) EXACTLY,
submission via the form at the end of this page,
and PLEASE stick to the month’s theme… which for August is ‘leftovers’. **

01 - 100 in veg 669778As I’ve been involved in others in the past (entering, organising and judging – I was the 2015 H.E. Bates Short Story Competition Head Judge!), I launched my own competition in September 2015. As a fan of micro-fiction, I invite you to send your 100-word stories (excluding title) – a ‘drabble’ – with the chance to win some of my online creative writing courses (details and entry form below). The prizes are a choice of three courses (or 2,000-word free edit) to the winner, two courses (or 1,500 words) to the second placed, and one course (or 1,000 words) to the third placed choice, plus up to three highly commendeds (depending on quantity / merit of entries) per month winning free entry coupon code to my entering writing competitions course or a free 1,000-word edit.

  • Deadline: the deadline for the current competition is midnight (UK time) Friday 31st August.
  • Submissions: via the form at the end of this page (one submission per story), not via email.
  • Theme: the current theme (which changes each month, the next few are listed below) is ‘leftovers’… however the theme strikes you.
    Please do stick to the theme or your story will be disqualified (at least one has been each month). Please don’t submit other months’ themes at any other time than the month they are due or they will be disqualified and won’t be held back for the correct theme and you won’t be able to resubmit them during the correct month. You’ll have to write new stories, but of course you can send them elsewhere.
  • Fee: there is no fee for entering this competition. I enjoy reading flash fiction… and giving away prizes!
  • Prizes: as mentioned above, you could win one or more of my online creative writing courses, or free editing and critique of your writing up to 2,000 words (worth up to £14 (€20 / US$22 / CA$ & AS$28)).There’s no time limit for you to use this critique so you could save them up for your novel!
  • Alternatively you can choose up to three of my eBooks. See prize breakdown below.
  • Word count: You must stick to the 100-word count, no less, no more, or you will be disqualified (again, at least one has been each month!). Bullet points do not count as words, neither do ellipses (e.g. ‘and… we’ counts as two words), and hyphenated words (e.g. well-known) count as one not two. (See ‘rules’ below.) To check you can use the likes of Be careful though that it (rightly) doesn’t include a hyphen, dash, or other punctuation, as a word. So do ensure you don’t include solitary dashes (long hyphens) in your word count.
  • Entries: You can enter up to three stories per month and it’s worth it as I’ll pick my favourite of the three to go into the competition. Regardless of whether that is successful or not, the two I don’t select won’t be published so you can use them elsewhere thereafter*, as you can with anything you send over the months that doesn’t come first, second or third. *Please don’t submit your story / stories (or a variation of them) elsewhere until the results are announced. I score them as they come in so I don’t want to then be told that you need to withdraw the story because someone else wants it. It wastes time I can’t really spare. The most you’d have to wait is six weeks (the competition month plus two weeks max. to the results being announced around the middle of the following month).  Thank you.
  • Entrants: This competition is open to anyone of any age or geographical location, as long as the story is in English.
  • Results: The results will be announced around the middle of the month following the relevant deadlines (see ‘Themes’ below for full details).
  • Previous competitions: The winning stories of previous competitions can be found via the links below (again, see ‘Themes’ below).
  • And finally… the Judge’s (Morgen’s) decision is final. Good luck!

So, getting the red tape out the way first, here are the…


  1. Your story must stick to the theme (which varies each month).
  2. Your story must be no longer or no shorter than 100 words. This excludes the title which can be as long or as short as you like. Any stories of less than or greater than 100 words will be disqualified so please check before submitting. Hyphenated words (e.g. well-known) count as one word so 99-word stories because of a hyphenated word will be disqualified. This may sound harsh but it’s then fair on everyone. Also bullet points do not count as words so do not include them in your word count. Neither do ellipses (e.g. ‘and… we’ counts as two words), ages, e.g. ‘a two-year-old child’ also counts as one word (according to Word, which is what I use). To check you can use the likes of Be careful though that it doesn’t include a dash (or other punctuation) as a word. Thank you, Sue B, for suggesting that.
  3. Stories submitted via the contact form below only. Just the text, no pictures, website addresses etc. other than where requested. Please do not email them to Morgen directly or they will not be considered. Please do not type them into the comments box below or they will be deleted.
  4. Your story must be written to, or suit, the theme for the relevant month (list below) within the relevant month. Any stories not fitting the theme (or less / more than 100 words excluding the title) will be disqualified. They will not be kept back for a month where the theme will fit.
  5. If you have submitted a story or stories for a different month (regardless whether early or late) in error then, unfortunately, you won’t be able to submit in the correct month because I’ll have seen them already. It does mean, of course, that you can submit them somewhere else and I have a list of places on Submissions – flash fiction & short stories.
  6. Your story / stories can be submitted at any time during the appropriate month (see below for a list of the upcoming themes) but not before the first or last day (midnight UK time) of that month.
  7. Please keep a copy of your story as only the top three placed will be published on this blog.
  8. By entering this competition (clicking on the ‘submit’ button), you confirm that you have read the rules and that you give your permission for your story to be published on this blog (usually on the second Friday of the month) should it be successful.
  9. The winners will be announced on this blog (via a new blog post) around the middle of the month following each deadline. The successful entrants will be contacted by email the same day with the details of their prizes. There is no time limit to claiming the prize(s) with the ability to ‘bank’ editing word counts or deadline to complete the online course(s) if that option is taken.
  10. Your story does not have to be exclusive to this site, i.e. you can have had it published elsewhere (including your own website) and / or send it elsewhere thereafter but if it is one of the top three winners, you will need to tell a subsequent site / publication that it has been published on this site, and yes, publication online means published so if you are a winner (top three) and have had nothing published before, you go from being a writer to an author! NB. Most competitions and paying markets require exclusivity so check before submitting to them or to this competiion.
  11. No simultaneous submissions, i.e. don’t sent it somewhere else until after the results have been announced. I won’t appreciate it if you have to withdraw it from mine while it’s ‘live’ as I may have already spent time reading it. Again, publishing to your own website is fine.
    To clarify: you’re welcome to do / have done whatever you like with your story before or after submitting to the competition. There are however other outlets that state they are to be the only source of publication of the piece. All I ask is that you don’t submit to them for the duration of the particular theme until the results are announced. If you are successful here, i.e. the top three and are published on this site then this will impact on sources that don’t allow you to be published elsewhere. Being published here means you have received a prize so the relevant stories will not be removed from this site.
  12. There is no fee to enter this competition but you may only enter a maximum of three stories per month. The first three will be accepted (one story per entry form), any sent thereafter will be discounted.
  13. The first version of a story will be accepted. Subsequent versions of the same story (e.g. amendments made to correct errors) will be discounted so do ensure that it is the best it can be before you submit.
  14. Please spell-check your entries before you click on ‘submit’. Morgen recommends you read your work aloud as it is easier to pick out errors that way. Careless errors will lose points (brownie or otherwise). Allowances will be made if English is not your first language.
  15. The closing date for each competition is the last day of each month (midnight UK time). Entries received after this date / time will not be included but may still be charged (only kidding!).
  16. The judge’s decision (Morgen’s) is final.
  17. Anyone can enter regardless of age or location and whether you know Morgen personally or not. She is a professional, she will not let a name (or any amount of banoffee pie!) sway her decision either way. The winning three stories will do so upon their merit only.
  18. There will be one winner, one second placed and one third placed – i.e. three authors. Should there be two successful stories from one author, Morgen will choose her favourite of the two which will be placed according to the merit of the other two successful authors’ stories.
  19. Should you win or be a runner-up, this does not disqualify you from entering in subsequent months. You can enter the competitions as many times as you like (max three stories per month) and should a winner have received all the courses available, they can give the subsequent coupon code/s to a friend. The relevant coupon codes will apply to that prize only.
  20. And finally… your story must stick to the theme (which varies each month). I’ve disqualified a few stories because it has nothing to do with the theme. Please ensure it’s not yours.


  • The winner of the competition will win free access to three of Morgen’s online courses (currently worth up to £60 / $60*) or a free edit and critique of up to 2,000 words (worth up to £14 (€20 / US$22 / CA$ & AS$28)), together with publication of the story on this blog. Alternatively you can choose three of my eBooks.
  • The second-placed author will win free access to two of Morgen’s online courses (current value up to £40 / $40*) or a free edit and critique of up to 1,500 words (worth up to £11 (€15 / US$17 / CA$ & AS$21), together with publication of the story on this blog. Alternatively you can choose two of my eBooks.
  • The third-placed author competition will win free access to one of Morgen’s online courses (current value up to £20 / $20*) or a free edit and critique of up to 1,000 words (worth up to £7 (€10 / US$11 / CA$ & AS$14)), together with publication of the story on this blog. Alternatively you can choose one of my eBooks.
  • Depending upon the merit of the other entries, up to three other authors will receive highly commended and free entry to my Entering Writing Competitions course (worth £20 / $20). Anyone being placed Highly Commented a second (or third) time can donate their duplicated coupon code/s to their friend/s.
  • As mentioned above, if you are successful (i.e. in the top three) and your story is the first thing you have ever had published you will then be a published author rather than just a writer! 🙂
  • *There are currently six courses available to win, listed below, but this range will expand over the next few weeks / months so you could be successful in this competition more than once, and gain new courses.


NB. Please do not submit stories early or they will be disqualified. Only submit themed stories during the relevant month. Thank you.

If you have any queries, feel free to email me or leave a comment below and I’ll be in touch. No correspondence will be entered into about your stories.

PLEASE check your word count before you submit as I’ve had to disqualified some great stories because they’re one word short (often due to a hyphenated word), one too many, or even several words too short / long! The rules are listed above so please ensure you’ve read them before you click on ‘submit’. Thank you. And, remember, you can enter up to three stories per month so it’s worth sending more than one, especially if it ends up being disqualified! And do only send for the current theme, not a forthcoming theme early. Thank you.



83 responses to “100-word comp

  1. Henrik V Blunck

    February 5, 2016 at 8:33 am

    I like this type of challenge. We actually had a profile on Twitter ( where we shared novels sized only at max 140 chars. Absolutely amazing what you could write in such a short micro-tweet once you put your mind to expressing yourself clearly. 🙂

    • morgenbailey

      February 6, 2016 at 8:08 pm

      Thank you, Henrik. Do you accept English tweets? I couldn’t see any.


    February 24, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    Just sent in an entry for the comp, it was a lot of fun to do.

    • morgenbailey

      February 24, 2016 at 6:04 pm

      Received. Thanks, Tim. You can send up to three per month, and the deadline’s Monday. 🙂

  3. Rebecca Schwenk

    February 27, 2016 at 6:19 pm

    First time submitting. Thought-provoking but fun!

  4. Aerden

    March 3, 2016 at 2:34 am

    I enjoy writing for this competition every month. I find that writing stories in this short form first helps me to write longer versions later.

  5. enrayn

    March 15, 2016 at 7:00 pm

    Have I missed the February results?

  6. Andy Morfett

    March 30, 2016 at 6:05 am

    Hi Morgen, As promised my entry for the comp. Great site by the way!

    • morgenbailey

      March 30, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Received, thank you, but not yet read. I look forward to doing so.

  7. Andy Morfett

    March 30, 2016 at 3:11 pm

    Sent an entry for April’s comp. I LOVE micro-fiction!

    • morgenbailey

      March 30, 2016 at 3:27 pm

      Hi Andy. Sorry but you’re too early for the April competition and to be fair to everyone else (as someone else got the right theme but for the wrong month a while back), I have to disqualify it. It does state in the rules that the current month’s theme only (I’ll check to see if I need to make that clearer). You can still send another two though as you can send up to three per month.

      • Andy Morfett

        April 14, 2016 at 9:04 am

        Hi Morgen,

        It is not clear that entries for the next competition cannot be submitted ‘early’.

        That’s a good entry gone to waste, which is slightly annoying…

    • morgenbailey

      April 14, 2016 at 9:16 am

      Sorry about that, Andy. I have clarified in rules no.2 and 3, and have added extra warnings by the themes heading at just above the entry form. And your entry certainly hasn’t gone to waste… I list a variety of flash fiction opportunities via the link on rule no.3. (

      • Andy Morfett

        April 17, 2016 at 10:51 am

        Hi ,Morgen

        I’ve looked at several of the sites in the list… and at least three of them CHARGE a submission fee through something (or someone) called ‘Submittable’.

        Just thought I’d put that out there. Not of these opportunities to get one’s work noticed are free, unfortunately.

        I have, however, submitted an alternative story for the April compo. 🙂

  8. enrayn

    April 6, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    April story submitted

  9. ados123

    April 12, 2016 at 9:16 am

    I’ve entered. Thanks for running this challenge.

  10. Andy Morfett

    April 14, 2016 at 9:04 am

    New story submitted…

  11. Lestie

    May 6, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    I love 100-word stories – it is amazing how powerful they can be … that and thought provoking too. Thanks for the opportunity MorgEn, Cheers

    • morgenbailey

      May 6, 2016 at 8:55 pm

      You’re very welcome, Lestie. I’ve received your entries and look forward to reading them. April’s results will be posted next Friday, May’s on Friday 10th June. Good luck!

  12. enrayn

    May 13, 2016 at 6:44 pm

    Is there a link to April’s winners?

    • morgenbailey

      May 14, 2016 at 9:26 am

      Almost… it should be going up today. 🙂

  13. Jeremy Chotzen

    May 28, 2016 at 11:51 am

    I was delighted to come second place last months (April) after my fourth attempt. To my fellow writers, if you are still aspiring to win (top three), persist. You will find the real prize is not winning but the helpful advice contained in the courses. Thank you Morgen.

  14. Andy Morfett

    June 2, 2016 at 9:34 am

    Hi Morgen,

    Can you please clarify the theme for June? Is it close as in ‘nearby’ or close as in ‘shut’?

    Many thanks.

  15. Andy Morfett

    June 9, 2016 at 5:11 am


    Still waiting for clarification of this months theme…

    • morgenbailey

      June 9, 2016 at 6:45 am

      Hi Andy. I did reply so not sure what happened to that. As per the ‘rules’ at the top of the page: “‘close’, used in any means you like (e.g. shut and / or nearby)”.

  16. 100wordsaga

    June 15, 2016 at 12:26 am

    Yay! Cannot wait to submit my 100 word piece 🙂

  17. Andy Morfett

    June 15, 2016 at 6:20 am

    Finally came up with two ideas for June’s theme… I have an idea for a third, but I think it’s going to work better as a poem 🙂

  18. Jason Phillips

    June 18, 2016 at 6:47 pm

    Hey, I was an honorable mention last month, and I was wondering if you still had my story by any chance? Word quit unexpectedly and deleted a bunch of my work, including most of my microfiction. I was planning to develop it into a full-length story, but I totally forgot what I wrote!


    • morgenbailey

      June 22, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      Sure, no problem, Jason. I’ve emailed it to you.

  19. Latika Deo

    July 13, 2016 at 10:02 pm

    Can anyone from any country apply?

    • morgenbailey

      July 13, 2016 at 10:45 pm

      Absolutely. As long as the entries are in English and you stick to the rules…

  20. Andy Morfett

    July 18, 2016 at 12:27 pm

    Delighted to have gained a third place after my third month of contributing…

    I urge all of you reading this to have a go at a 100-word story yourself. It’s good fun and you never know, you might even get placed in the top three 🙂

  21. Stephen Lodge

    August 17, 2016 at 5:39 am

    Dear Morgen,
    Just submitted for the August 100 word competition. Wishing you a happy birthday month.

  22. Dilbar Haydarova

    August 17, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Thank you for opportunity! I’m from Uzbekistan and I’ve been searching for such contests for a very long time. I would love to participate in this contest)

  23. S P Mount

    August 31, 2016 at 8:22 am

    Agh, after spending ages ensuring 100 words exactly, physically counting and recounting and getting eyestrain because Word seems to think I wrote ten more than I actually did, I made a last minute change but forgot to make the subsequent adjustment that would reduce it back to 100 from the 101 that I ended up submitting despite all that. It’s exactly the same story, but a more efficient use of two words into one was what I intended. Can you delete it for me to resubmit before you review it? Idiot! (Me, of course).🙂

    • morgenbailey

      August 31, 2016 at 8:37 am

      Hi. Sorry but the rules do state that the first version is the one that gets accepted. You’re welcome to submit two different stories (three max per month).

      • S P Mount

        August 31, 2016 at 9:26 am

        > Yes, thank you I did see the rules, but as I believe, they also state the reas

      • morgenbailey

        August 31, 2016 at 3:53 pm

        Hello. Your comment didn’t come through in its entirety. Can you try again please and I will double-check the rules as to where they be might be confusing or contradictory. Thank you.

      • S P Mount

        August 31, 2016 at 10:55 pm

        Hi Morgen,

        No, there was nothing confusing or contradictory. That’s why I asked permission to resubmit. What I was attempting to do–perhaps scraping the barrel a bit, admittedly–given it was minutes after I submitted I realized the error, as well the UK would just be getting up, I thought you may not have seen it yet and could simply delete it (Going by where you say you wouldn’t accept an amended manuscript for the reason you would already have seen the first one). That would be a bit after the fact now, though, I would think. Below was the message in its entirety, just to save you wondering.

        I understand, and am normally super careful about following the rules for any writing competition as I know they tend to be stringent, and I know many don’t adhere to them, which must be annoying. I made sure I counted and recounted until that very last second change, which involved moving three words, but to make sense in their new position, I had to add a fourth, so had to compensate elsewhere. I fully intended to change the words ‘fifty years’ into ‘50yrs’, also. A silly mistake. I really should learn not to edit after midnight!

        > Yes, thank you I did see the rules, but as I believe, they also state the reason would be because you would have already seen the submission, is why I asked if you could delete it without reviewing (given it was sent minutes before my message to you, and the chances were you might not have seen the submission yet). FYI, The omission was simply ‘fifty years’ to ‘50yrs.’ Never mind, it was fun to spend some time writing one of these short pieces again. Thank you for getting back to me.


      • morgenbailey

        September 1, 2016 at 3:27 pm

        Hello again, S P. Thank you for your explanation. To be fair to all entrants I have to stick to the rules and accept the first version submitted, dismissing any subsequent duplications. You are welcome to submit up to three stories per month and the new theme for this month (September) is ‘cool’, to be used in any way you wish.

  24. Kenneth Weene

    August 31, 2016 at 7:25 pm

    Hope you enjoy the story I just submitted. This challenge just captured something for me.

  25. BAM

    September 1, 2016 at 8:54 pm

    My browser refreshed before I clicked submitted and chrome did this auto input field thing. So the info I sent for my email and website were wrong. I’ll still receive any email. It’s just my personal one rather than my writer one. Sorry for the trouble. Great competition.

    • morgenbailey

      September 2, 2016 at 6:56 am

      No problem, BAM. I am the only one who sees / uses it.

  26. Paul

    September 30, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Hi Morgen,

    I forgot all about the 100- word challenge this month…Until I woke up this morning (your afternoon)
    I wrote one, checked Word 2016 and it said exactly 100 words. I hope it was right, because that’s how many I counted. I’m going to try to come up with at least one more if I get time later.
    Enjoy the rest of your “vacation” with Mom and Mittens.

  27. Andy Morfett

    January 1, 2017 at 12:55 pm

    Hi Morgen,

    Can you please clarify exactly what this month’s theme actually is?? ‘Monthly Checker’ doesn’t really say anything to me or nudge my creative juices meter towards a story…


    • morgenbailey

      January 1, 2017 at 1:19 pm

      Sure. It’s the TITLE of your story, used in any way you wish. You have until Tuesday 31st Jan so plenty of time.

  28. Andy Morfett

    January 2, 2017 at 11:20 am

    I’m still none the wiser. I’ll give it a miss this month I think…

    • morgenbailey

      January 2, 2017 at 11:36 am

      OK. No problem. Just giving the title is often tricky… some months should be more challenging than others. 🙂

      • Andy M

        January 22, 2017 at 8:20 am

        I changed my mind and sent an entry. I hope it’s in keeping with the theme 🙂

      • morgenbailey

        January 22, 2017 at 9:54 am

        I shall take a look. I’m sure it’ll be fine.

  29. Arion Andron

    March 4, 2017 at 8:53 am

    Hi, sorry Im kind of new to this competetion but Im wondering if a picture will be needed along with the submission of a story because all of the previous winners have pictures. Just wondering and thanks for making such a cool contest!

    • morgenbailey

      March 4, 2017 at 8:55 am

      You’re very welcome. No need for pictures… I don’t think the form will let you anyway. I add those when I post the results. I look forward to reading your stories.

      • Arion Andron

        March 4, 2017 at 9:00 am

        Oh, thanks for clearing that up. Sorry to bother you again, but Im a little confused about ‘Normans Bunny’ Ive tried searching it on the internet and no such luck. So am I allowed to just write about anything as long as it has someone named Norman and a bunny in it?

      • morgenbailey

        March 4, 2017 at 9:01 am

        That’s the general idea but you can use it however you like.

  30. Andy

    March 5, 2017 at 6:54 am

    Two entries sent for this month’s theme… A little ‘darker’ in content than my usual stuff. Good fun to write nevertheless 🙂

    • morgenbailey

      March 5, 2017 at 10:08 am

      I look forward to reading them, Andy.

  31. sueborgersen

    March 10, 2017 at 2:33 pm

    I think I have just submitted one for this month – not sure if it went through – and I suspect my website defaulted to an erroneous one – probably not important but just thought I’d let you know.

    • morgenbailey

      March 16, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Three received on the 10th. (Only just going through emails received while I was away.)

  32. Arion Andron

    March 20, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Just wondering, but how many winners are there? Just one right?

    • morgenbailey

      March 20, 2017 at 8:47 am

      Hello Arion. As per the top of this page (there’s also a more comprehensive breakdown below the rules)…

      “The prizes are a choice of three courses or to the winner, two courses to the second placed and one course of the third placed choice, plus up to three highly commended (depending on quantity / merit of entries) per month winning free entry coupon code to my entering writing competitions course.”

      There are lots of rules (to help the entrants not hinder!) listed on this page but the most important is to ensure that the word count is spot on 100 (true hyphenated words count as one) and I would strongly encourage everyone to submit three stories because if they submit only one and it is disqualified for whatever reason (usually due to incorrect word count or not being to the theme) then you miss out for that month.

  33. Cailynn Baker

    March 24, 2017 at 1:36 pm

    I’m so excited to be a part of this! I sent mine in early. Hahha I tend to forget.

    • morgenbailey

      March 24, 2017 at 6:20 pm

      And I look forward to reading it / them. NB. Everyone can submit up to three per month (keeping to the 100 words NOT including the title) and I’d recommend everyone do so as I’ve had some disqualifications of solo entries, which is such a shame… and it means I get to read more stories. 🙂

  34. M W Brown

    April 24, 2017 at 12:54 pm

    Love these competitions Morgen! I find some months prompts harder than others but I like the challenge. Next month’s ‘a comic story’ is drawing blanks at the moment but hopefully something will pop into my head soon. Please keep them coming, my writing group really enjoys them!

    • morgenbailey

      April 24, 2017 at 4:50 pm

      I love setting them, and reading them. There’s a list of the forthcoming topics on this main 100-word competition page if you wanted to plan ahead. NB. submit during the valid month only though.

      • morgenbailey

        April 24, 2017 at 7:30 pm

        Re. next month, ‘comic’ doesn’t have to mean funny. There is more than one meaning of comic.

  35. lucy

    May 9, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    I’m going to enter every month this site is great

    • morgenbailey

      May 9, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      Ah, thank you, Lucy. I look forward to reading your stories and I would recommend sending in three per month to give yourself the best possible chance to be placed.

  36. Katy

    August 9, 2017 at 2:17 am

    I just submitted Notime…now to think up two more Ticking stories. Hmmm…may have the second… Thanks for your inspiring prompts! I know I have submitted before, but plan to up my submissions to every month.

    • morgenbailey

      August 9, 2017 at 8:54 am

      You’re very welcome, Katy. It’s a pleasure reading all the stories.

  37. Linda J Atamian

    September 22, 2017 at 9:56 am

    It’s almost five in the morning here in Florida. I just wrote about cherry pie and I’d love a slice. But I ate my Tasty Cake Cherry Pie yesterday. Ah, well, it was a challenge to do exactly 100 words. Tomorrow, I’ll go to Publix and get another 450 calorie Tasty Cake Cherry Pie. Is Tasty Cake Pie a cake or a pie? I call the shot on that one–uhm, yum!

    • morgenbailey

      September 26, 2017 at 1:57 pm

      Thank you, Linda. I’m the same with banoffee pie… I’ve been on a healthy eating plan since April!

  38. Rae Stanton

    January 18, 2018 at 9:08 am

    Hello! I can’t seem to see the link for the current winners (being published on the 12th?). Is it just me or is there just a delay in publishing?

    Looking forward to reading and submitting more soon!😊

    • morgenbailey

      January 18, 2018 at 9:49 am

      Yes, sorry, Rae. They’re late this month (work overload).

  39. tintins

    March 1, 2018 at 5:25 pm

    Hi Morgen, apologies if this question has been answered previously. I’m not sure I understand your rules below:
    10.Your story does not have to be exclusive to this site, i.e. you can have had it published elsewhere and / or send it elsewhere thereafter but if it is one of the top three winners, you will need to tell a subsequent site / publication that it has been published on this site, and yes, publication online means published so if you are a winner (top three) and have had nothing published before, you go from being a writer to an author!
    11.No simultaneous submissions, i.e. don’t sent it somewhere else until after the results have been announced. I won’t appreciate it if you have to withdraw it from mine while it’s ‘live’ as I may have already spent time reading it

    – I published my submitted story for February to my blog (as per rule 10) that the story didn’t need to be exclusive to your site.
    Is that allowed? I haven’t sent it anywhere else (as per rule 11) but I think the ambiguity is around whether me publishing it to my own blog counts as publication or whether it being my own blog means that’s ok? Sorry if I’m confusing matters. Feedback welcome.

    • morgenbailey

      March 1, 2018 at 6:26 pm

      Hi tintins. That’s no problem. All I ask is that it’s not sent anywhere else for the duration of the competition (from submission to publication of the results) where they require exclusivity and therefore if they accept it I am then contacted to withdraw the story submitted. Most competitions and paying markets, for example, require exclusivity. I’ll clarify the rules to include this.

      • tintins

        March 1, 2018 at 6:33 pm

        Perfect thank you 🙂

  40. tintins

    March 1, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    Hi Guys apologies looking for some advise here; how would you write a sound? For example, I’m trying to give the reader the impression of a loud crashing noise without writing ‘crash’ can you suggest a way to write a sound. Struggling with this. Got the majority of my story written for March. Just need some help with this.

    • morgenbailey

      March 1, 2018 at 7:53 pm

      Hello. I’m the judge of this competition. I can’t help you with any aspect of writing the stories you plan to submit. I do offer an editing and critique service (with up to the first 1,000 words free – see but nothing connected with this competition.

      • tintins

        March 1, 2018 at 8:04 pm

        No problem Morgen, it was a generalised comment not aimed at anyone in particular. Think I’m sorted. Thank you!


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