101 Words calls all writers to submit their best and interesting 101 words of flash fiction.
In the early 2000s, I saw a local newspaper ad soliciting 101 word stories. For some reason, I was drawn to the idea and submitted a few stories. I don’t remember if they got published.
The limitation concept stuck with me, and I started 101 Words in December 2005. In those early days, I only posted my own stories and a few from friends. I didn’t open it up to the public until 2007.
In November 2014, I decided to go all in and turn 101 Words into something special.
My vision for 101 Words is a comprehensive ecosystem and community that can support writers, editors, and readers. This vision is a work in progress and I hope you stick around to watch it grow.
Guidelines for 101 Words Flash Fiction Submissions
- There is No Submission Fee
- They accept fiction stories that are exactly 101 words. Learn how to write stories for your submission.
- All submissions must be made through their online portal.
- No previously published work. Google does not like duplicate content. Please don’t publish your story anywhere else on the web, including your own website.
- Simultaneous submissions are allowed. Let their editors know if your story is accepted elsewhere.
- They do not accept poetry, children’s fiction or erotica
- They can allow adult themes including sex, violence, and even politics, but may decline stories deemed too explicit or harmful to a group.
- 101 Words don’t need any more stories about the writing process. They have a huge audience of readers who are not authors. Don’t alienate them.
- They don’t want to get into rights issues, so no living public figures as characters, fan-fiction involving proprietary characters (Batman, etc.), and song lyrics. Passing references to all of these are fine.
- Make sure your story has exactly 101 words.
- They edit spelling and punctuation to meet our style guidelines. Any substantial edits will be submitted to the author for approval.
- Do not re-submit a declined story unless asked.
- 101 Words pay $10 (USD) for stories selected to be in Flash Fiction Magazine anthologies. They will contact you if you are selected.
- They do not pay for stories published on their website
There is no specified deadline for the 101 Words Flash Fiction Submissions, but you are allowed 1 submission per calendar month.