Current Contest

The Current Mini-Contest

Mini-Contest #36 launched on Sunday, November 12, 2017.


For mini-contest #36, show, tell, or evoke a story in no more than 40 words (just 40 this time) in which sound effects (Pow! Crash! Whoosh!) are an integral part. As a stupid example, instead of saying “the bee buzzed,” say “The bee went BUZZ”. You get the idea…

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern US time, Friday, December 1, 2017.

Length: Maximum of 40 words.

Hyphenated Words: If the hyphenated word is generally considered a single word, it counts as one word. (Example: “twenty-five” or “jack-o-lantern.”) Otherwise each word that is hyphenated word counts separately. (Example: “It was a don’t-get-in-my-way day.”)

Prizes: $25 for first place, $15 for second, $10 for third. Honorable mentions get published but make no money.

One entry per author. There is no fee for entering this contest.

To submit an entry, click the button below and follow the instructions. If you don’t already have a (free) Submittable account, you’ll be prompted to make one.

Submit Your Entry



By the way, please don’t give your mini-contest entry a title. We never publish titles for mini-contest entries, just the entries themselves.

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