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Fiction 101 contest begins

August 13, 2009 - 4:36 pm

Hey, it’s time to turn the ol’ crank on that imagination. CityBeat‘s annual Fiction 101 contest is underway. Here are all the details and rules and such:

Time for San Diego CityBeat’s seventh-annual Fiction 101 super-short-story contest, our unique way to celebrate excellence in efficient, economical creative writing.

Here’s the deal: You have 101 words to craft a compellingly humorous, sad, tragic, scary, heart-warming, silly or abstract story. All we ask is that you keep it under 102 words and that it be fiction (poems, diatribes, how-to manuals and ransom notes are fun, but they will be disqualified). The rest is up to your imagination. But please send us only your best THREE. Our top notch, grade-AAA, blue ribbon (good for nothin’) panel of judges will select three winners, and we’ll print all the really good ones in an upcoming issue. We will disqualify all entries of 102 words or more. Hyphenated words in compound modifiers, such as “low-rent district” count as two words, not one. The exception is when one of the hyphenated words cannot stand alone as a real word. The story title does not count in the word total. Some helpful hints: We’ll count “You will not make a monkey out of me” as nine words, but “You won’t make a monkey out of me” is only eight. Also, “Thirty-one” is two words; “31” is only one.

The deadline for entries is Monday, Sept. 14, at 5 p.m. Make sure to give us your name, neighborhood of residence and phone number (not for publication). We prefer that you e-mail your entries to But you can also snail-mail them to: Fiction 101, 3047 University Ave., Suite 202, San Diego, CA, 92104, or fax them to 619-281-5273. Please, please, please don’t use more than one delivery method, as our editor is easily confused. This year, we cannot accept hand-delivered entries.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Diana permalink
    September 10, 2009 - 1:00 pm 1:00 pm

    Dear Editor, will you send confirmations that submissions have been received? I don’t want to keep re-submitting “just in case.” An abbreviated form e-mail would be dandy.

  2. joe Noeiega permalink
    September 16, 2009 - 12:25 pm 12:25 pm

    Please send confirmation that submission have been recieved. 619-847-9177 Address 351 East Bradley Ave sp.13,El Cajon,ca. 92021

  3. hilda perez permalink
    September 16, 2009 - 10:45 pm 10:45 pm

    need confirmation as well, thanks.

  4. dan adams permalink
    September 22, 2009 - 1:03 pm 1:03 pm

    I don’t need confirmation since I sent a long time ago with my new & first computer. I HOPE HOPE HOPE I’m included, if not , it’s the %#** DAMN COMPUTER’S fault! Dan

  5. Rudy permalink
    September 24, 2009 - 9:39 pm 9:39 pm

    How long until the results are announced?

  6. David Rolland permalink*
    September 25, 2009 - 9:07 am 9:07 am

    The tentative publication date is Oct. 14.

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