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[1 April 2024 through 31 May 2024]



A "drabble" is defined as a short story containing exactly precisely no more and no fewer than 100 words. It has a title, which can be from 1 to 15 words-- but no more than 15. That's a drabble.

You have to count each word. Hyphenated words, such as tete-a-tete, count as one word. Don't use your word count tool to count the words, because that tool will count an ellipsis ( . . . ) as three words, which really should not be counted at all. It will also count dashes ( - ) as words, which is wrong. So count each word by sight, not by tool.

Our drabble contests have themes. For each contest, we will simply throw the theme out there. Whatever the theme inspires you to write, that's what you write.

The theme of this contest is:

Interstellar Archives

This should be self-explanatory. What kind of libraries or archives would be on other worlds?

This contest is open from 1 April 2024 through 31 May 2024. You have two months to write 100 words. Easy!

Ah, but once you have written them, where do you send them? You send them to the contest editor, Terrie Leigh Relf, at tlrelf at gmail dot com. You'll have to combine that address--sorry, but we don't want her to be spammed. Send your submission in the body of the e-mail, please. If you want anything italicized, please indicate by * before and after the word[s] to be italicized.

Pay for drabbles is 1 cent a word, which means one dollar per drabble. Pay for First Place is $5.00, and pay for Second Place is $2.00.

A couple of other notes.

One, please include your contact information in your e-mail. If you have a Paypal addy as well, include that in your contact information and label it as Paypal!! Submissions that do not include contact information--name and mailing address--may be deleted arbitrarily.

Two, the first and second place winners will each receive one of our publications. 

Three, winners will be announced in the June 2024 Hiraeth Publishing Newsletter on our site, as well as on Facebook and on Twitter.

Four, we will publish the 20-25 best submissions in July 2024, and a copy of the publication can be purchased from our bookstore. Each contributor will receive payment and a contributor's copy, with the option to buy additional copies at a discount.

And finally, if you have any questions, please ask Terrie.

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