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Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest

2019 Winner

In our inaugural contest, entries were only accepted from participants in the Tadpole Press Writing Retreat, which took place at the Lafayette Public Library. Pieces were judged on creativity and how the story captures a new angle, breaks through stereotypes, and expands our beliefs about what’s possible.

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And the winner is . . . "Drink" by Caitlin Berve from the United States


In the desert live a people made of sand. They rarely speak, for even the slightest movement of air sends their gritty forms into a cloud of dust. It takes weeks for them to coalesce. A child, I lost my way among sandstones and juniper trees and cried until no tears remained. A sand person found me. "Drink," they said, pointing at an unfamiliar cactus, and dissipated. Prying open the fruit, I drank sage-tasting water and knew my way home. Again I find myself lost in a desert, panicked and uncertain. I think of the sand people and drink.

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Congratulations and thank you to everyone who has dared to dream and share your words, story, and heart with us. You matter. Your dreams matter. Keep writing.

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