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A plea re. the 100-word competition

Hello everyone. If you’re considering entering, or have already entered, my free 100-word competition, please please please:

  • check your word count. Almost every month (and May has turned out not to be an exception with three disqualified already, sadly the only entries by two authors, both of whom I think have included the one-word titles in their word count) I have to disqualify at least one story for being less (usually) or more than the exact 100 words. This word count does not include the title.
  • enter more than once. Often a disqualified story is the only one entered by that author so they are immediately disqualifying themselves from the competition.
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Story A Day May 2017 – Day 14: Nightmare

(100-word competition results up next…)

Having failed miserably (too much client editing so not complaining) to do Camp NaNoWriMo this year but wanting to do more writing, I decided within ten seconds of receiving the first of thirty-one emails from Brit Julie (who lives in America but times her emails for us here in Blighty) to do Story A Day May this year. I’d done my first back in 2011 then again in 2012 and finally in 2013, with almost a year’s worth of ‘Fifty 5pm Fictions’ Collections in between.

Unlike all the other stories I’ve mentioned, I’m not going to post them on this blog, sorry about that because I need a stock of short stories to submit to competitions or magazines. The pressure’s then off for me to do one a day, on the day, although I’ll try.

I will let you know how I’m getting on though, and I’ll be posting the prompts, so hope you’ll forgive me but if you want to send me the stories you write (no payment, sorry!), then feel free!

So here we are on Day 14 and if you’d like to join in, today’s prompt is:

 

You can find the original details at http://storyaday.org/20170514-maria.

How I’m getting on…

Erm. I started day one but nothing thereafter as I’m doing client (paying) work during the week. I was hoping to catch up this past weekend but I was at a bookshop launch all day Saturday then client editing Sunday as having a day off’ (at my mum’s) on Monday and am swamped for the rest of the week. I did however write the plots for the first five stories last night (writing friends and I meet at our local Starbucks – yummy chai latté – every Tuesday night for a two-hour write-in). I was hoping to catch up with the plots this weekend but I’m going to be client editing (an autobiography) the whole time. I definitely plan to have written at least some of the stories by the end of the month though, with the idea of spacing out my client editing better from now on, although being self employed, I never say “no” to paying work. Do let me know how you get on though.

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