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Topic: Thoughts on 100 word microfiction?
Posted By: Reasonably_Crazy
Subject: Thoughts on 100 word microfiction?
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 11:58am
I just got the email that the 100-word microfiction is open for registration. Is it just me, or did they double the registration fee? I did it last year and remember paying, like, $5 after the discount for tweeting the link.  $20 seems kind steep, especially since the feedback is so limited. (I mean, there's only so much you can say about 100 words. I got "remember every word counts!" and I'm like, YEAH, Denise, I just spent 24 hours agonizing over them.)

I dunno - is my memory flawed? Am I just being a cranky old lady about it? 




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Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 12:13pm
I don't think that's right - I thought we paid about the same as for the 250. Wouldn't swear to it though.
I don't think I'll be entering this year. This may be sour grapes as it's the only story competition where I haven't made it into the second round, but I don't find 100 word stories particularly satisfying to read or to write. I'll definitely be back for the flash and 250 competitions though. 


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Posted By: Random
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 12:43pm
$0.20 a word?  I think I paid $0.02 a word for short story, and since I made round 2 somehow that comes down to a penny a word. 

That's pretty steep given 100 words is about three or four lines of chopped dialog and a paragraph.

I can use that Saturday for other things.


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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 2:05pm
Originally posted by theinquisitor theinquisitor wrote:

I don't think that's right - I thought we paid about the same as for the 250. Wouldn't swear to it though.
I don't think I'll be entering this year. This may be sour grapes as it's the only story competition where I haven't made it into the second round, but I don't find 100 word stories particularly satisfying to read or to write. I'll definitely be back for the flash and 250 competitions though. 

You and me both, just can't get something started and then finished in that many words. Cept I did not enter the first one, haha.


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Posted By: Steven Kay
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 2:53pm
I considered it, as a challenge, but I don't think microfiction is for me. 1,250 would be hard enough, if I got to Round 4 of this thing!

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Posted By: Dark&StormyNight
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 3:08pm
I believe last year it was $12 early after the media discount, this year $15.

Also noticing they’re tightening up the numbers as 15 and 8 make it through each round compared to 20 and 10 (I think) last year.

I’m definitely in, it’s a challenge to write such a short story but I’ve taken a liking to it and submitted some stories recently to 101Words.

Just hope the judges are smarter this year and remember the word limit!


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Posted By: EMeadows
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 7:02pm
I'm really excited about the 100 word challenge. I just entered. The 100 word challenge in 2020 was my first ever writing competition and I have a very distinct and emotional memory of participating. The pandemic was completely full blown at that time, we were in lockdown here and the writing challenge gave me some hope and allowed me to focus my brain on something positive. I did not do well but it still was a wonderful experience and I'm ready to try again. The timing is also fun because we're sort of now coming out of the pandemic so it's a new beginning in that way.


Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 7:06pm
Last time I washed out in the semi-finals with a HM. I think I like the 250 micro better than the 100. I might sit this one out...

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Posted By: GenieAZ
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 7:10pm
The first story I ever submitted to ANYTHING was way back in 2020...MF250...lol.  I was first in my group!  I think that hooked me (although I washed out in the next round, and will probably wash out in the 2nd round of the SSC...curse you Suspense!).  

I have to think about 100 words.  I already have way too much story for every submission.  That might drive me to day drinking. 


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Posted By: ZoeLou
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 7:53pm
Yes I loved micro last year - I was knocked out after my terrible comedy poem in round 2 LOL but very keen to give it another try this year!

I think something about the short word limit and time limit takes away all the pressure for me so I’m just forced to write whatever I think of first without agonising over whether it’s a strong enough idea to carry me for 1000-2000 words like the other comps. Not to mention it gives me an excuse to let my overly poetic, metaphor-addicted side take the reigns without having to worry if it’s dragging on. 

It’s probably not the best comp for detailed critique since it’s such a brief story, but it’s definitely lots of fun ;)

I’ve finally managed to convince my sister to join NYC Midnight for this comp which is exciting too!


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Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 7:56pm
Originally posted by ZoeLou ZoeLou wrote:

I’ve finally managed to convince my sister to join NYC Midnight for this comp which is exciting too!

How amazingly fun! 

I strong-armed one of my Senior Software Developers at the office to do Short Story a couple years ago and it was super fun to have someone that you really know IRL to play along with. We pretty much texted the process with each other the whole time!


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Posted By: mike450
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 8:07pm
I entered... since I’m no longer married, I need something else to lower self esteem... 100 word limit should do it


Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 8:08pm
Originally posted by mike450 mike450 wrote:

I entered... since I’m no longer married, I need something else to lower self esteem... 100 word limit should do it

Rock on with your bad self, mike. Bring it! I started writing when I got divorced and it it was better than therapy. 


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Posted By: Dark&StormyNight
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 8:27pm
Just a heads up...NYCM will be posting the Top 10 stories from last year over the next few weeks.  I’m not sure how many were posted on the forums.

#10 is up now.


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Posted By: mike450
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 8:37pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by mike450 mike450 wrote:

I entered... since I’m no longer married, I need something else to lower self esteem... 100 word limit should do it

Rock on with your bad self, mike. Bring it! I started writing when I got divorced and it it was better than therapy. 

Absolutely! Thankfully the divorce was long ago, but pandemic got me into writing again and I’m hooked! Idk how I’ll do 100 words but I like these challenges!


Posted By: nod1v1ng
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 8:57pm
Originally posted by mike450 mike450 wrote:

Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by mike450 mike450 wrote:

I entered... since I’m no longer married, I need something else to lower self esteem... 100 word limit should do it

Rock on with your bad self, mike. Bring it! I started writing when I got divorced and it it was better than therapy. 

Absolutely! Thankfully the divorce was long ago, but pandemic got me into writing again and I’m hooked! Idk how I’ll do 100 words but I like these challenges!

Well thank you COVID-19 for jumpstarting your creativity. Silver linings. Micros are a hell of a challenge! 


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Posted By: ramblejamble
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 10:48pm
Originally posted by Dark&StormyNight Dark&StormyNight wrote:

Just a heads up...NYCM will be posting the Top 10 stories from last year over the next few weeks.  I’m not sure how many were posted on the forums.

#10 is up now.

I love that they are doing this!
I'm kinda interested to see what the genres are - my gut feeling is that serious emotional stories tend to do better than humorous ones in the final round but we will see! 


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Posted By: mike450
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 11:16pm
Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by mike450 mike450 wrote:

Originally posted by nod1v1ng nod1v1ng wrote:

Originally posted by mike450 mike450 wrote:

I entered... since I’m no longer married, I need something else to lower self esteem... 100 word limit should do it

Rock on with your bad self, mike. Bring it! I started writing when I got divorced and it it was better than therapy. 

Absolutely! Thankfully the divorce was long ago, but pandemic got me into writing again and I’m hooked! Idk how I’ll do 100 words but I like these challenges!

Well thank you COVID-19 for jumpstarting your creativity. Silver linings. Micros are a hell of a challenge! 

I find the damn short stories to be a challenge... I can’t even imagine 100 words... I’ll be halfway through character devt and run out of words 


Posted By: Dark&StormyNight
Date Posted: 13 Apr 2021 at 11:23pm
Originally posted by ramblejamble ramblejamble wrote:

Originally posted by Dark&StormyNight Dark&StormyNight wrote:

Just a heads up...NYCM will be posting the Top 10 stories from last year over the next few weeks.  I’m not sure how many were posted on the forums.

#10 is up now.

I love that they are doing this!
I'm kinda interested to see what the genres are - my gut feeling is that serious emotional stories tend to do better than humorous ones in the final round but we will see! 

Drama, often involving a dead parent or two, seems to be a common winning theme.  I’m also interested to see how many went serious.  The second place story was posted here I know, it was a beautiful fantasy.


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Posted By: GenieAZ
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2021 at 1:44am
Originally posted by ramblejamble ramblejamble wrote:

I'm kinda interested to see what the genres are - my gut feeling is that serious emotional stories tend to do better than humorous ones in the final round but we will see! 

I really want to take a shot at comedy!  Not that I'm getting anywhere near the final round, but some day!


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Posted By: theinquisitor
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2021 at 4:50am
Originally posted by Steven Kay Steven Kay wrote:

I considered it, as a challenge, but I don't think microfiction is for me. 1,250 would be hard enough, if I got to Round 4 of this thing!

The Flash Fiction (1000 words in 48 hours) is good, and you get to write at least twice in that so it's probably the best guaranteed value for money NYCM offer (along with Short Screenplay).


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Posted By: JustinW
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2021 at 12:51pm
Hmmm. I came to this post because I'm struggling with the same choice. Was hoping something here would help me decide. I think it worked. I'm going for it. The price seems a little high, but I like the focus and I like that we're basically writing poetry.

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Posted By: regannoelle
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2021 at 3:39pm
I love the micro competitions, so I can’t resist this one. I had a blast last year and wrote work I really loved. I was intrigued to see that less people are moving on each round though as compared to last year. I wonder what caused the change?

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Posted By: Recon Paul
Date Posted: 14 Apr 2021 at 5:03pm
Last year's 100 word microfiction was the first the writing competition I ever entered.  I struggled really hard to whittle my story down to a thousand words.  Then I re-read the instructions and realized I had more work to do.  

I'm pretty new to this creative writing thing and just advanced in SS.  I will likely enter the MF because I'm on some sort of writing bender.  The word limitations are a good exercise fore me since I struggle with story arc and endings.  They force m to abandon my comfort zone of word-smithing and focus beginning, middle, end, conflict, resolution, etc.   


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Posted By: ophelialit74
Date Posted: 15 Apr 2021 at 2:27pm
I actually loved the MF contest and scored an HM in the Finals, so I was pretty pleased...AND I managed to crank out one of my favorite bits of writing ever, so I'm definitely in this year. 

There's something deliciously amusing about having plenty of time to write 100 words while agonizing  over every single one of them. :-) 


Posted By: Rita
Date Posted: 15 Apr 2021 at 9:51pm
I like writing microfiction. It's challenging to create a complete story in so few words. 
Can't wait. 


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Posted By: Mrsnetpro
Date Posted: 15 Apr 2021 at 10:11pm
My issue with the most recent contests is they don't tell you who the judges are and it looks like the judges for both contests I entered were the same people. They are still saying "coming soon" so before I enter another I'd like to see who they hired. It also appears that some feedback on this forum is pretty close to what is provided to entrants which of course is coincidental but it would be good to see who actually thinks our writing is good and who thinks it's the worst ever and they only like the synopsis.


Posted By: bunkie68
Date Posted: 03 May 2021 at 9:25am
I like the microfiction challenges because I'm not sure I can write anything longer! I am not a storyteller by nature, and ideas don't come naturally to me. It's easier for me to whittle down word count than try to expand it.

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Posted By: Draiglas
Date Posted: 03 May 2021 at 5:10pm
Considered entering but decided to give it a miss. I'm a bit fatigued from comps atm, and 100 word stories are not my forte. I entered last year and bombed and, looking at the ones which came top 10, I can see why. I think it requires a style which ... isn't really my style nor a style I tend to read. I also suspect you need to be smarter than me to really get a lot of the good stories. I might try next year if I'm in the mood (and my intelligence has increased, which is unlikely) :)




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Posted By: LAbeles
Date Posted: 03 May 2021 at 5:35pm
I'm in. I did the last 250 and was tickled to make it into the 2nd round. Also entered the Screenwriting Challenge too, so I figure while waiting for that result, I might as well have something else to bite my nails over! Good luck!

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Posted By: Dark&StormyNight
Date Posted: 03 May 2021 at 11:35pm
101 Words site is posting one of my stories (not a previous NYCM entry) next month, so now I’m extra excited about tackling another micro story Big smile

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Posted By: Suave
Date Posted: 03 May 2021 at 11:44pm
Originally posted by Dark&StormyNight Dark&StormyNight wrote:

101 Words site is posting one of my stories (not a previous NYCM entry) next month, so now I’m extra excited about tackling another micro story Big smile

Congrats! Must be nice getting acknowledged!


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Posted By: Dark&StormyNight
Date Posted: 04 May 2021 at 12:21am
Originally posted by Suave Suave wrote:

Originally posted by Dark&StormyNight Dark&StormyNight wrote:

101 Words site is posting one of my stories (not a previous NYCM entry) next month, so now I’m extra excited about tackling another micro story Big smile

Congrats! Must be nice getting acknowledged!

Thank you!  Indeed it is.  A NYCM MF I submitted wasn’t accepted, thinking it just didn’t make too much sense out of context of the prompts, so very happy the most recent one did.


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Posted By: ChillyToez
Date Posted: 10 May 2021 at 5:39pm

I signed up for this a little while back but forgot to put it on my calendar. Will also be doing several other things simultaneously... 

Send good thoughts and fishies. Flippers crossed I do not pull all my feathers out!


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