Tadpole Press
100 Word Writing Contest


1. Pay $10 entry fee.

2. Submit entry.

3. Repeat.

4. Spread the word.

Deadline: November 30, 2021

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Calling all writers!


The past few years, we have hosted a writing contest that was only open to participants in the Tadpole Press Writing Retreat.


This year, since we aren't quite ready to host an in-person retreat yet, we are opening up our contest to everyone.


All writers. All genres. Write from anywhere in the world. No travel required.



Limit: 100 words per entry. Submit as many entries as you'd like.

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

Genre: Any genre.

Theme: Abundance.

Prizes: 1st place: $1,000.

              2nd place: $450 writing coaching package.

              3rd place: $250 developmental or diversity editing package.

Entry Fee: $10.

Deadline: November 30, 2021.

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Live Discussion: Tadpole Press Writing Tips for Mini Masterpieces

What: Join us for a discussion about how to make your writing impactful, especially when you're writing mini works of art.

When: Friday, October 29, 2021 at 9:30 a.m. MT / 3:30 p.m. GMT.

Where: On the Clubhouse app: https://www.clubhouse.com/event/xB3ZyWL6

What do we mean by abundance?

What we focus on, we get more of. If we focus on scarcity, we look around and see all the things that are lacking in our life. But if we focus on abundance, life becomes plentiful. We see never-ending possibilities in a complex, never-ending universe.

We aren't confined. We are limitless.

And we are fulfilled. We have all the time in the world to accomplish our goals. We prosper. We know that our energy is a resource that is easily replenished. We feel promise. We believe in the good and know that things will get better.

It's not about exploiting resources or being greedy, because both of those come from a place of scarcity. True abundance recognizes that there is enough for all of us.

Now here's the fascinating part. Your job is to show us all of that immense, wide world in only 100 words or less. Give us a glimpse of something that reveals the abundance of this big, beautiful, unexpected life that we've got. Make us "see a World in a Grain of Sand."


Additional thoughts:

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.

You've probably heard the writing advice that you should consider "How could things possibly get worse for my character in this scenario?" Well, abundance is the opposite of that. I want you to think "How could things possibly get any better for my character in this scenario?" In other words, "What could possibly go right?"

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.

Do you notice there’s the word “dance” in “abundance”? Above all, show hope, growth, and abundance. Let’s dance with it. Choreograph a compelling story of abundance and you might just win $1,000.

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Winners: All writers will automatically be added to the Tadpole Press mailing list. 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 submitting an entry, writers allow Tadpole Press to use their entries as follows: The names of the winners and the winning entries will be announced in the Tadpole Press newsletter and may be published on the Tadpole Press website. Writers shall retain copyright of their entries before, during, and after the writing contest, and we encourage writers to resubmit and/or republish their entry in other contests and publications at any time.

Refund Policy: All payments are final and nonrefundable. Writers needing financial assistance may contact us to request a scholarship.

Prizes: Prizes will be mailed to the mailing address provided on the entry form after the winners are announced. Prize amounts are in USD.