Drabble Contest #7

The Great Lake Drabble Contest #7


A “drabble” is defined as a short story containing exactly precisely no more and no fewer than 100 words. It has a title, which can be from 1 to 15 words–but no more than 15. That’s a drabble.

You have to count each word. Hyphenated words, such as tete-a-tete, count as one word. Don’t use your word count tool to count the words, because that tool will count . . . as three words, which really should be counted as one word. It will also count dashes as words, which is wrong. So count each word by sight, not by tool.

Our drabble contests will have themes. For each contest, we will simply throw the theme out there. Whatever the theme inspires you to write, that’s what you write.

The theme of this contest is: Dear Abby in the 24th Century. Basically, we’re looking for stories that are a bit off-beat, quirky, unusual. What would be the problems Abby would have to address in the future, and how would she address them?

This contest is open from 1 October 2016 through 31 December 2016, or until filled. You have three months to write 100 interesting, curious, or pithy words. Easy!


Ah, but once you have written them, where do you send them? You send them to the contest editor, Terrie Leigh Relf, at tlrelf at gmail dot com. You’ll have to combine that address–sorry, but we don’t want her to be spammed. Send your submission in the body of the e-mail, please. If you want anything italicized, please indicate by * before and after the word[s] to be italicized.

Pay for drabbles is 1 cent a word, which means one dollar per drabble.

A couple of other notes.

One, please include your contact information in your e-mail. Submissions that do not include contact information–name and mailing address–may be deleted arbitrarily.

Two, the first and second place winners will each receive one of our publications.

Three, winners will be announced in the February 2017 View from the Lake.

Four, we will publish the 20-25 best submissions around March 2017, and this will also be announced in the February 2017 View. Each contributor will receive payment and a contributor’s copy, with the option to buy additional copies at a discount.

And finally, if you have any questions, please ask Terrie.

16 thoughts on “Drabble Contest #7

  1. I’m looking forward to reading your entries! Who knows, we may have a tournament in your honor on Boort! Be sure to read these guidelines carefully before submitting. . .I would also appreciate the subject line to read something like the following: Alien Sports Submission 1: Tertu Flare/”Tyraelia vs. Mahrain: The Tournament Continues”.

  2. Yay! I’ve been looking forward to this. Will get busy on my entry now. One question – are multiple entries allowed? Thanks 🙂

    • Yes, they most certainly are. However, they need to be submitted under separate emails (i.e., one per email).

  3. What exactly is the necessary contact information? I don’t want to give my address and phone number unless I have to, but I assume “email address” isn’t enough, otherwise you wouldn’t need to mention it.

    • Mailing address suffices. Don’t send your phone number or SSN. Also, we do not “sell” any mailing lists, period.

    • Contact information includes your name and mailing address. Most of our publications are print, which means we need to mail you not only your payment, but also your contributor’s copy. Sorry for the late reply, I thought this had already been addressed–no pun intended.

  4. The portal is open and the drabbles are appearing! Sozar! Looking forward to more entries. . .

    • No, the title is not part of the word count. However, the title is limited to 15 words or less.
      I thought the guidelines mentioned this…

    • Assuming you mean your mailing address, just type it in. eg.
      My contact information is:
      Guy Wesley
      0000 Suchnsuch Avenue
      Some City, YB, 66666

      that should work.

  5. Greetings Dear Friends of Boort! I’ve sent the winners’ names in for posting and will be sending out letters soon. . .While waiting, please to stop by the Boortean Embassy cafe for a mug of Tyraelian chocolate or perhaps an aperitif made with Mora blossoms. . .

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