Morgen’s free 100-word competition is now open for November!

*** 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, October’s competition is closed, with the results due to be announced in the next few days. The theme for November is ‘not her / his fault’ which you can submit any time until Saturday 30th November (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 (to longlist them then go through them again when the comp closes) 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 mid-month).  Thank you.

And the 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 £20 (€24 / US$28 / CA$ & AS$36)). There’s no time limit for you to complete the courses, or use the critique so you could save them up for your novel!

Good luck and I look forward to reading your stories.

BeaconLit 500-word competition also now open for October

Hello everyone. Yes, September’s theme of ‘Norma knows best’ has closed and October’s competition is now open. The theme is ‘sweet revenge’, to be used in any way you would like. Rules, prizes, entry form etc. via

NB. If you have stories ready for future themes, please don’t submit them until the relevant month as the entry will be disqualified with no refund given, and you won’t be able to submit it in the correct month (because we will have seen it). It’s rule number four. 🙂

New 100-word theme and the BeaconLit Year 3 opens!

Yes, it’s another month and my 100-word competition’s theme for August (escalator) is no more. The theme for September is ‘conservatory’ – see the 100-word comp page. I look forward to reading your stories.

And BeaconLit has reopened with a new judge (Gareth Davies) – see the BeaconLit’s 500-word Competition page for details. The details are the same (new themes) although the cost has increased to a still-very-reasonable £3 per entry.