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    Posted: 15 May 2021 at 9:46pm
I love writing micro fiction but this was definitely a challenge! My first draft was well over 200 words. By the time I submitted, the story had changed quite a bit. It was such fun!
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Originally posted by erica8385 erica8385 wrote:

I hadn’t heard of NYCM before yesterday. Immediately signed up for this contest because it looks so fun! Excited to get my assignment. 
I had signed up for the NYC Midnight emails some time ago and completely forgot why or how I found out about it. Then I saw the reminder in my inbox to register for this contest and so I decided on the spot to go for it. Just finished my entry. I have no idea whether it is good or awful. Working in only 100 words was an eye-opening challenge, though!
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God, I was right the first time, this is stupid.
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Originally posted by Lord Xoon Lord Xoon wrote:

Is there a limit on title length? Like could I have a 200 word title that gives some character background?

"Late Night: How a Neurotic Veterinarian Copes With The Loss Of  . . ."

I expect that a 200 word title for a 100 word story might be a bit much, but a lot of people leverage their title to give more impact to micro. It's definitely a thing!
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Originally posted by Lord Xoon Lord Xoon wrote:

Is there a limit on title length? Like could I have a 200 word title that gives some character background?

"Late Night: How a Neurotic Veterinarian Copes With The Loss Of  . . ."

I've seen that a lot in published 100 word microfiction, I think it's totally fair game.
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Is there a limit on title length? Like could I have a 200 word title that gives some character background?

"Late Night: How a Neurotic Veterinarian Copes With The Loss Of  . . ."
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You know, I didn't think I would like the 100 micro, but it ended up being fun in an unexpected way.

I ended up with a story that has about five extra phrases I cut that change the story, but not the plot because the plot is so damn minimal. The end result is that I could swap out some of what made the cut for some of what didn't and end up with a very different feeling story.

The end result is something that is highly aesthetic. You can't give the reader everything. You can just nudge them with a few key impressions and then wonder if they'll walk away with anything interesting.
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Originally posted by Millshre Millshre wrote:

I registered early for this and got super busy afterward. I almost forgot about tonight being the night. I'm extremely nervous all of a sudden. 

The SSC this year was my first NYCM contest. I only got HM but I'm so glad I entered. I had been avoiding my writing for a long time. 

I really hope I don't get Spy again, though....Confused

You’ll be happy to know Spy is not a genre in the 100 MF contest. A few genres are cut due to the short length.  No Crime Caper, Mystery, or Political Satire either.
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Originally posted by erica8385 erica8385 wrote:

I hadn’t heard of NYCM before yesterday. Immediately signed up for this contest because it looks so fun! Excited to get my assignment. 

Oh my goodness, welcome!! These contests are super fun, and many of us end up signing up for several of the contests each year! Even if you don't advance, the feedback you get from the community in the forums is really beneficial, and everyone's really supportive.

Good luck!
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I hadn’t heard of NYCM before yesterday. Immediately signed up for this contest because it looks so fun! Excited to get my assignment. 
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