Tadpole Press 100 Word Writing Contest

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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.

Cost: $10.

Deadline: November 30, 2021.

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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