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    Posted: 24 Sep 2019 at 7:05am
The FAQ on the website for the 250-word challenge says 
"The assigned word must be included in the story exactly how it is spelled, but it may be capitalized in any way the Entrant chooses and it may be part of a longer word.  For example, if the assigned word is “courage”, then using the word “courageous” would be acceptable because it contains the exact spelling of the assigned word."

As stated, that allows the use of longer words that coincidentally contain the assigned word, like "lifelong" if you were assigned "felon", or "syncopation" if you were assigned "patio". So I'd like to clarify: is that intended to be legal within the rules, or does it also have to be a word that's grammatically related to the assigned word?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Jhill Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 Sep 2019 at 9:07am
Wow, good question! I'm eager to hear the answer to this! (Though I'm not clever enough to find a way to hide the required word within an unrelated word.)
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I had the same question! I can't wait to see what the answer is, "officially speaking".
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote NYC Midnight Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 28 Sep 2019 at 1:23pm
Sorry for the delay responding and excellent question!  Yes, as long as the assigned word is included in your story continuously (no spaces between) and exactly how it is spelled, then you may include in a longer word similar to your example of "felon" being used in "lifelong".  We will update the FAQ and rules as well to further clarify.  Please let us know if you have any other questions or need anything else.  Thanks and good luck!
Next up is the 250-word Microfiction Challenge 2020 kicking off Nov. 20th
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Is there any expectation that we format the assigned word in bold for the sake of the judges?

I’d hate for an Entrant to be disqualified because their word was too cleverly nestled within a longer word.
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Originally posted by MrLipto MrLipto wrote:

Is there any expectation that we format the assigned word in bold for the sake of the judges?

I’d hate for an Entrant to be disqualified because their word was too cleverly nestled within a longer word.

I think we’re going to be submitting in plain text into a submission form (rather than attaching documents) so I don’t think bolding is an option... but I imagine there will be a find process available to the judges (or some other official entity) to verify we’ve included our words.  Getting official word would be good, but absent that, I wouldn’t worry too much about it.
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The submission form will be plain text, so there will not be an option to highlight or bold the assigned word.  But, as with every competition, if a judge flags an entry for a rule break it will be double checked by the competition director before disqualifying.  In the case of the assigned word, as long as the word is found in a document search, then it will not be disqualified. Please let us know if you have any other questions or need anything else.  Good luck!
Next up is the 250-word Microfiction Challenge 2020 kicking off Nov. 20th
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