Current Contest

The Current Mini-Contest

Mini-Contest #44 launched on Monday, November 11, 2019.

I hope you know what board games are! Think of old classics like Monopoly, Clue, or Scrabble, or more modern games like Pandemic, Settlers of Catan, or my personal favorite, Betrayal at House on the Hill. Chess, checkers, mancala, and parcheesi also count. Pure card games like poker and bridge don’t count, but cribbage would because that uses a board. However, a ouija board is not a board game.


For this mini-contest, show, tell, or evoke a complete story between 25 and 50 words long in which a board game is important in some way to the story. Your characters do not have to be playing the game, though they certainly can be.

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern US time, Saturday, November 30, 2019.

Length: Minimum of 25 words, maximum of 50 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 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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