Current Contest

The Current Mini-Contest

Mini-Contest #41 launched on Sunday, April 14, 2019.


For this mini-contest, show, tell, or evoke a complete story in at least 30, but no more than 50 words. The first word in your story must start with “A” and the last must start with “Z”. Do *NOT* use proper nouns (names of people or places or things that would always be capitalized) for your “A” word or your “Z” word. Otherwise, it would be too easy to write an entry like, “Ann used to be my best friend, but now it’s Zoe.” You CAN use “a” or “an” as your “a” word, but you’ll lose points on the creativity score. 

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern US time, Friday, May 3, 2019.

Length: Minimum of 30 words, maximum of 50 words.

Hyphenated Words: If the hyphenated word is generally considered a single word, it counts as one word. (Examples: “twenty-five” or “jack-o-lantern.”) Otherwise each word connected by hyphens 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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