February’s free 100-word competition is now open!

01 Feb

*** PLEASE check your word count (100 words exactly – no more, no less – EXcluding title) and do submit more than one story to give yourself a better chance of being placed. ***

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:

  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).
  3. You can send up to three stories per month.
  4. 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?

Good luck and I look forward to reading your stories.


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6 responses to “February’s free 100-word competition is now open!

  1. Tess M Garfield

    October 1, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Reblogged this on Stories from the Heart and commented:
    Any excuse to exercise those braincells!

  2. Bobby Fairfield

    November 2, 2017 at 1:32 pm

    Reblogged this on Writing, events, competitions and even some self-penned bits and commented:
    Morgen’s regular fun contest again. Free to enter, with the chance of an exciting if not substantially pecuniary reward but this month’s theme should be on most people’s minds and provide plenty of scope for mental exercise.

    • morgenbailey

      November 2, 2017 at 2:42 pm

      Thank you for sharing, Bobby, and your kind words. Much appreciated.

  3. jenni

    January 10, 2018 at 1:43 pm

    If I was to hyphenate two words not commonly hyphenated (such as your example of well-known) – as seen here: “the glass-like orbs of rain…” is “glass-like” still one word under your rule re: word count. I assume it would be but best to check –

    Thank you

    • morgenbailey

      January 10, 2018 at 2:02 pm

      Hello Jenni. Lovely to hear from you. Yes, it would be, just as father-in-law would be one word. Good luck.


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