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Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest

2020 Winner

In the second iteration of our contest, entries were once again limited to participants in the Tadpole Press Writing Retreat, which took place at the Glen Eyrie Castle. 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 . . . "This Moment" by Malia Maunakea from the United States


Awwwww, look at you

Crouching low, stick in one small fist, rock in the other.

Watching that tiny, fuzzy caterpillar slowly inch its way up that branch.

Time slows, cottonwood floats by, the creek continues its lazy meander.

Remember this moment. This moment won't last forever.

Soon it'll be, "Ok, love, it's time for school!"

Soon it'll be, "I can't believe you're taller than me!"

Soon it'll be, "Be home by nine!"

Soon it'll be, "I love you, see you next December!"

But for now, thank you, caterpillar. Thank you for this moment.

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Curious how you can create a winning entry? Request feedback on your entry and we'll tell you what we love about your piece as well as ways to make it even better.

You get tips right from the source custom-tailored to meet our judges' expectations, help you hone your craft, and create the kind of entry that's selected as a winner in the Tadpole Press 100-Word Writing Contest.

Thank You

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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