Current Contest

The Current Mini-Contest

Mini-Contest #42 launched on Sunday, May 12, 2019.


For this mini-contest, show, tell, or evoke a complete story in at least 30, but no more than 50 words. No word in your story is allowed to be more than seven letters long. Unlike in other contests, for this one, hyphenated words count as one word for purposes of the letter count no matter what! Hyphens themselves do not count as letters, though. The bottom line is, “cat-like” is okay (7 letters) but “lion-like” is not (8 letters), and “jack-in-the-box” (12 letters) is no good either. 

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern US time, Friday, May 31, 2019.

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

Hyphenated Words: The old hyphenation rules don’t apply for this one–see contest description above.

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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