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100-word comp

** Please check your word count. Your stories have to be
100 words (excluding the title) EXACTLY,
and PLEASE stick to the month’s theme! **

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 me 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 to the winner, two courses to the second placed and one course of the third placed choice, plus up to three honourable mentions (depending on quantity / merit of entries) per month winning free entry coupon code to my entering writing competitions course.

  • Deadline: the deadline for the current competition is midnight (UK time) Friday 30th September.
  • 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)). See prize breakdown below.
  • Fee: there is no fee for entering this competition. I enjoy reading flash fiction… and giving away prizes!
  • Theme: the current theme (which changes each month, the next few are listed below) is ‘cool’, used in any way you like, and please do stick to the theme or your story will be disqualified (at least one has been each month). Please don’t send other months’ themes in at any other time that the month they are due or they will be disqualified and won’t be held back for the correct theme.
  • Word count: You must stick to the 100-word count, not less, not 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.
  • Entries: You can enter up to three times 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, as you can with anything you send over the months that doesn’t come first, second or third. This competition is open to anyone of any age and geographical location providing the story is in English.
  • Results: The winners of the August competition will be announced on this blog on Friday 9th September, and the September competition on Friday 14th October. Good luck!
  • Previous competitions: The winners of the September competition can be found here, October here, November here, December here, January here, February here, March here, April here, May here, June here, and July here.

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

Rules

  1. 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).
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. Please keep a copy of your story as only the top three placed will be published on this blog.
  6. 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.
  7. The judge (Morgen Bailey) will aim to contact the winners within a week of the deadline date with the details of their prizes. If you have not heard by the 15th of the subsequent month, you can assume that you have not been successful. The winners will be announced on the second Friday of the subsequent month (which will be on or before the 14th).
  8. 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!
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. Entry is via the contact form below only. 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.
  13. 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!).
  14. The judge’s decision (Morgen’s) is final.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.

Prizes

  • The winner of the competition will win free access to three of Morgen’s online courses (currently worth up to £45 / $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.
  • The second-placed author will win free access to two of Morgen’s online courses (current value up to £30 / $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.
  • The third-placed author competition will win free access to one of Morgen’s online courses (current value up to £15 / $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.
  • Depending upon the merit of the other entries, up to five other authors will receive honourable mentions and free entry to my Entering Writing Competitions course (worth £15 / $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.

Courses

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

  • September 2015: white (winning stories published Friday 9th October)
  • October 2015: unlucky Halloween (winning stories published Friday 13th November)
  • November 2015: fireworks (winning stories published Friday 11th December)
  • December 2015: Christmas (winning stories published Friday 8th January)
  • January 2016: a fresh start (winning stories published Friday 12th February)
  • February 2016: leap year (winning stories published Friday 11th March)
  • March 2016: Easter (winning stories published Friday 8th April)
  • April 2016: a phone call (winning stories published Saturday 14th May)
  • May 2016: headache (winning stories published Friday 10th June)
  • June 2016: close, meaning shut and/or nearby (winning stories published Friday 8th July)
  • July 2016: holiday (winning stories published Friday 12th August)
  • August 2016: an unwanted birthday (winning stories published Friday 9th September)
  • September 2016: cool (winning stories to be published Friday 14th October)
  • October 2016: a crime story (winning stories to be published Friday 11th November)
  • November 2016: America (winning stories to be published Friday 9th December)
  • December 2016: just what I never wanted (winning stories to be published Friday 13th January 2017)
  • January 2017: title: The Monthly Checker (winning stories to be published Friday 10th February)
  • February 2017: classical music (winning stories to be published Friday 10th March)
  • March 2017: Norman’s bunny (winning stories to be published Friday 14th April)
  • April 2017: fool (winning stories to be published Friday 12th May)
  • May 2017: a comic story (winning stories to be published Friday 9th June)
  • June 2017: German (winning stories to be published Friday 14th July)
  • July 2017: strangers on a train (winning stories to be published Friday 11th August)
  • …further dates t.b.a.

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.

 

47 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 (https://twitter.com/roman140) 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.

       
  2. TIM FRENCH

    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. (https://morgenbailey.wordpress.com/submission-information/submissions-flash-fiction-short-stories)

       
      • 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

    Hi,

    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!

    –Jase

     
    • 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.

       

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