Hello everyone. Yes, January’s competition is closed, with the results due to be announced on Friday 9th February. The theme for February is ‘the outskirts’ which you can now submit and any time during until Wednesday 28th February (midnight UK time).
And remember, you can send up to three stories per month (individually or at the same time). It’s worth doing because some people have missed out because of errors (usually not 100 words exactly) in the only entry they send so they are immediately disqualified. This happens almost every month. <sigh>
There are lots of rules so please read the 100-word competition page carefully but the two most important are:
- Your story must stick to the theme (which varies each month).
- 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).
- You can send up to three stories per month.
- 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. The most you’d have to wait is six weeks (the competition month plus two weeks max. to the results being announced on the second Friday). Thank you.
And the prizes?
- Prizes: 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. Alternatively you can choose one of my eBooks.
Good luck and I look forward to reading your stories.