From an original field of over 7,600 writers around the world and after three rounds of competition, we finally have a winner for the inaugural 100-word Microfiction Challenge!  Congratulations to Ophelia Hu Kinney (Scarborough, ME, USA) for winning the competition with her final round story "Honeysuckle".  In the final round, Ophelia and 199 other finalists were challenged to create a story no longer than 100 words based on the open genre, unpacking a suitcase (action), and light (word) in just 24 hours.  Congratulations to the top stories listed below and thanks to everyone for participating!



HM = Honorable Mention


#1 - ''Honeysuckle'' by Ophelia Hu Kinney
#2 - ''The Old Man and the Moon'' by Regan Puckett
#3 - ''Flight'' by Sam Baldassari
#4 - ''Between The Earth and The Sun'' by Kalyn RoseAnne
#5 - ''Downstream'' by Emily Roth
#6 - ''An Urn Full of Rice'' by Jesse Chen
#7 - ''Recidivism'' by Helen Ritchie
#8 - ''The traveler'' by Nina Seale
#9 - ''It's not the end of the world'' by Martin Busse
#10 - ''Mint Julep'' by Arielle Chapin
#HM - ''Recursion'' by L. A. Guettler
#HM - ''Lamplighter'' by Rusty Detty
#HM - ''On a Slow Day in Heaven and Hell'' by Laura Caton
#HM - ''Journeys'' by Elaine Lies
#HM - ''The Retirement'' by Nick Rogen
#HM - ''Translation'' by Kit Gower
#HM - ''Obituary of a supernova'' by Madison York
#HM - ''The End Of The 90s'' by Paul Rhodes
#HM - ''Black Summer'' by Lifa Sylvaine
#HM - ''Museum of Travel, 2050'' by olivia eklund smith




1st Round: Kickoff Email / Assignments / Results

2nd Round: Kickoff Email / Assignments / Results

Final Round: Kickoff Email

Rules: Official Rules & Participation Agreement

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The 100-word Microfiction Challenge is a competition that challenges writers around the world to create very short stories (100 words max.) based on genre, action, and word assignments in 24 hours. In the 1st Round (May 8-9, 2020), writers are placed randomly in groups and are assigned a genre, action, and word assignment.  Writers have 24 hours to craft an original 100-word story (maximum) in their assigned genre, with the assigned action taking place, and incorporating the assigned word.  The judges choose a top 20 in each group to advance to the 2nd Round (June 26-27, 2020) where writers receive new assignments and again have 24 hours to craft original stories.  Judges select the top 10 writers in each group from the 2nd Round to advance to the Final Round of the competition taking place July 24-25, 2020 where writers will receive their final assignment of the competition.  Feedback from the judges is provided for every submission and there are thousands in cash and prizes for the winners.  Sound like fun?  Join the competition below and get ready for May 8th!


Registration is now closed.  We'll be announcing more challenges soon for 2020, so make sure to join our mailing list or follow us on facebook, twitter, or instagram to be the first to know.  Thank you and stay safe! 


While we send e-mails at the beginning of each round to all registered writers, many times e-mails go to junk mail folders, spam, or are blocked by servers for unknown reasons.  We recommend that everyone marks their calendars with the start dates of each round, especially the first challenge at 11:59PM EDT (New York time) on May 8, 2020, so that you know when to expect an e-mail!


  1st Round: May 8-9, 2020 Add to Calendar
  2nd Round: June 26-27, 2020 Add to Calendar
3rd Round: July 24-25, 2020 Add to Calendar



Not only does every writer receive feedback from the judges for every story that is submitted, but a special review forum is available for the participants to submit their stories for review from fellow writers throughout the competition.  Click here to visit the forums.













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