Drabble Contest #12

The Great Lake Drabble Contest #12 is now open!

Theme: Space Western

You have until July 31st to finish and submit your drabbles! A whole two months! Easy!


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 shouldn’t be counted as a word. It will also count dashes as words, which is wrong. Count each word by sight, not by tool.

Edited by Terrie Leigh Relf, these are formatted into paperback perfect bound books.

The 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.

Submit your work to tlrelf@gmail.com. In the subject line of the e-mail, put Drabble Submission plus your last name and the title of the work submitted. E.g., “Drabble Submission: Asimov Nightfall.” 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.

Put your contact information in your e-mail.

Contact information example:
Edgar Montrose
1101 Kaboom Street
Mushroom, NY 12117
edgarbang@greenred.com
paypal (if any): muchloot@wallet.com

If your submission does not include your contact information, Alban Lake Publishing reserves the right to delete your submission unread and without notifying you.

The first and second place winners will each receive one of our publications. Winners will be announced in the View from the Lake once the contest is ended and the submissions are all read.

We will publish the 20-25 best submissions. Each contributor will receive payment and a contributor’s copy, with the option to buy additional copies at a discount.