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Tadpole Press
100-Word Writing Contest

We are now closed to submissions for the November 2023 contest. Winners will be announced on December 21 at the Celebration of Words. Please subscribe to our email list to hear more details. Submissions will open for our April 2024 contest shortly.



Word Limit: 100 words or less per entry. Word limit includes the title and introduction, though these are not required.

Entry Limit: You may submit as many entries as you'd like.

Writers: All ages. All genders. All nationalities. All writers welcome.

Genre / Theme: Any genre.

Prizes: 1st place: $2,000 USD.

              2nd place: Writing coaching package valued at $450 USD.

              3rd place: Developmental and diversity editing package

valued at $250 USD.

Entry Fee: $15 USD.

Deadline: November 30, 2023.

Winners: Winners will be announced via email a few weeks after the contest deadline. Please subscribe to our newsletter to be the first to hear the results.

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Additional thoughts:

There is no specific theme for the current contest, so let your imagination run wild. Pieces will be judged on creativity, uniqueness, and how the story captures a new angle, breaks through stereotypes, and expands our beliefs about what's possible or unexpectedly delights us. In addition, we are looking for writing that is clever or unique, inspires us, and crafts a compelling and complete story. 


As always:

You can write fiction, nonfiction, poetry, memoir, or a mix of everything. You choose the genre. You choose the words. Put them together in any order, any combination.

The winning submissions will be nonviolent. You may deal with tough themes, but you must move on from there. Don’t dwell in misery. Show growth. If you're going to write about something painful, show how someone was transformed by the experience. Go for something that pulls on our heartstrings rather than breaks our heart.


Amber Byers is the founder, CEO, and head judge of the Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest. Her book, Sophie and Spot, won a Gold Medal for Best First Book in the chapter book category from Moonbeam Children's Book Awards in 2019.

Amber has a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Washington, a Juris Doctor in law from the University of Arizona, and a passion for diversifying literature.


Amber started reading at the age of three and is still in love with the power and beauty of words. She especially loves words that surprise, delight, and encourage us to support, love, and inspire one another.

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Laurel Twitchell has been our regular co-judge since April 2022. Laurel received their Bachelor’s in Creative Writing, with a focus on linguistics, from Colorado Mesa University.


They were an editor for the Pinyon Literary Review in 2013. They’ve competed in the National Slam Poetry Competition in 2017 and worked as a first reader for Pushcart Prize Nominee, Alana Noël Voth. They have taken writing courses from national and internationally known writers such as Megan Falley, Rachel McKibbens, and others.

They are a writer and artist passionate about ending stigmas around mental health and disability. They love art that speaks to connectivity, the healing of trauma, and finding glimmers of joy in unlikely places.

Taylor Morris is our special guest judge for the November 2023 contest. She is an editor and author with twenty years of experience in the publishing industry. Her services include developmental editing, copyediting, and proofreading. She is a strong editor with an eye toward manuscript details and overall cohesiveness. Her critiques are thoughtful and honest but always compassionate.

Taylor’s editorial work has spanned genres and fields, having worked on everything from adult fiction to children’s books. Her middle grade novels have been published by both Simon & Schuster and Penguin Random House.

She has also written extensively in the women’s romance genre with seventeen novels published under a top secret pseudonym. Taylor is a graduate (cum laude) of Emerson College with a Bachelor of Arts in Writing, Literature, and Publishing. You can find out more about her at

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Winners: By keeping the box checked requesting to be added to the Tadpole Press email list on the Entry Submission Form, writers may be automatically added to our mailing list when they submit their entry. Writers may unsubscribe at any time; however, please note that winners will be announced via the newsletter after the contest deadline. Sign up for our newsletter above or contact us with any questions.

Copyright: By entering our contest, the writer declares that they are the creator of the entry; the entry does not infringe upon any copyright, privacy rights, or legal rights of a third party; and the entry does not contain any unlawful material. By submitting an entry, writers allow Tadpole Press to use their entries as follows: The names, locations, and/or ages of the winners and the winning entries may be announced in the Tadpole Press newsletter, published on the Tadpole Press website, shared at the Celebration of Words, and/or used for additional marketing and promotional activities. Tadpole Press shall retain exclusive copyright of the winning entries, though we encourage writers to resubmit and/or republish their entry in other contests and publications at any time before or after this contest.

Refund Policy: All payments are final and nonrefundable. Writers needing financial assistance may apply for a scholarship up to 1 month before the contest deadline.

Prizes: The email address provided at the time of submission will be used to contact the winners and arrange delivery of the prizes. Prize amounts are in USD.

Thank you to everyone who has supported the Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest! We are honored to have been featured by many wonderful organizations dedicated to writing, such as ReedsyAnne R. AllenAlmond PressKindlepreneurCreative Writing Ink, and Christopher Fielden.

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