Current Contest

The Current Mini-Contest

Mini-Contest #48 launched on Sunday, April 18, 2021.


For this mini-contest, show, tell, or evoke a complete story between 25 and 50 words long in which every sentence is a question (and ends with a question mark). It’s okay if technically, the sentence ends in quotation marks, because dialogue that asks a question is fine. For the purposes of this contest, “Hello?” ends in a question mark.

Deadline: 11:59 PM Eastern US time, Friday, May 7, 2021.

Publication: Winners will be published on or around Sunday, May 16, 2021, when the next contest launches.

Length: The story needs to be 25 to 50 words long.

Hyphenated Words: Words that are normally hyphenated, but generally considered one word, are considered one word for this contest. (Examples: “Twenty-three”, “Jack-o-lantern”, and “Father-in-law” are each one word.) However, stringing a bunch of words together with hyphens for artistic effect will result in each connected word being counted separately. (Example: “It was a get-out-of-my-way day.” That hyphenated phrase counts as five words.)

Prizes: First place pays $35, second pays $25, and third pays $15, all in US dollars. 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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