** Please check your word count. Your stories have to be 100 words (excluding the title) EXACTLY,
and PLEASE stick to the month’s theme… which for November is ‘America’! **
As 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 (full details and entry form on this blog’s 100-word comp page). 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) Wednesday 30th November.
- Theme: the current theme (which changes each month, the next few are listed on this blog’s 100-word comp page) is ‘America’, 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 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)). See prize breakdown on this blog’s 100-word comp page.
- 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’ on this blog’s 100-word comp page.)
- Entries: You can enter up to three times 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, as you can with anything you send over the months that doesn’t come first, second or third.
- 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 on the second Friday of the month following the relevant deadlines (see ‘themes’ on this blog’s 100-word comp page for full details).
- Previous competitions: The winning stories of previous competitions can be found via the links within ‘themes’ on this blog’s 100-word comp page).
- And finally… the Judge’s (Morgen’s) decision is final. Good luck!