[1 March 2021 to 31 May 2021]


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:

Interplanetary Vacation Rentals

This contest is open from 1 March 2021 through 31 May 2021. You have three 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.

A couple of other notes.

One, please include your contact information in your e-mail. 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. First place will receive $5 for the winning drabble, and second place will receive $3 for the runner-up drabble.

Three, winners will be announced in the July 2021 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 2021, 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.