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Contests & Activities: February 07, 2024 Issue [#12400]

 This week: Item Lengths
  Edited by: spidey
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Table of Contents

1. About this Newsletter
2. A Word from our Sponsor
3. Letter from the Editor
4. Editor's Picks
5. A Word from Writing.Com
6. Ask & Answer
7. Removal instructions

About This Newsletter

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Welcome to the Contests & Activities Newsletter. I'm spidey , and I'm your Editor this week!

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Letter from the editor

Item Lengths

What makes a short story? A novella? Flash or micro fiction? Generally, word counts decide.

Micro-story/Flash Fiction: typically less than 2,500 words but often far less than that.

Short story: generally 7,500 words or less

Novella: between 17,500 and 40,000 words (at about 250 words per page, this would mean 70 - 160 pages)

Novel: between 50,000 and 110,000+ words (200 to 440+ pages)

These are just general guidelines according to various sources on the internet. But how do you decide how long your work should be? It can depend on many factors, including how much time you have, how big the story is that you want to tell, who your target audience is, etc.

The great thing about entering contests & activities on WDC is that the contest itself typically asks for a specific length, or at least it should have a word count limit. (Note to contest hosts: Word limits are a great idea! Don't forget to add them to your contest rules!)

On a related note, to find your item's word count, click on the gear at the top right of the page when you're looking at your item and click on Word Count.

You might think that writing flash fiction is easier because it's less words (I'm sure I thought that at some point), but that's definitely not a given! I've seen some very creative flash fiction challenges during my time on this site!

I feel like a lot of writers start out writing short stories. Maybe they're less daunting than writing a novel? I've also heard, though, that they're harder to publish. I'm a firm believer in any writing being good practice.

Find a contest in my picks below and enter!

Take care, and as always, keep on writing! *Quill*

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Editor's Picks

Official Writing.Com Contests & Activities:

Good Deeds Get CASH!  [E]
Write reviews to win cash prizes!
by Writing.Com Support

Journey Through Genres: Official Contest  [E]
Write a short story in the given genre to win big prizes!
by Writing.Com Support


Daily Flash Fiction Challenge  [13+]
Enter your story of 300 words or less.
by Arakun the Twisted Raccoon

The Writer's Cramp  [13+]
Write the best story or poem in 24 hours or less and win 10K GPs!
by Sophy

This is a poetry sharing activity for expression and entertainment!
by Solace.Bring

Express yourself Within Forty Words   [E]
Express your thoughts about the given subject within forty words.
by Dr Rupali Goswami

The Soundtrack of Your Life  [18+]
Every February, you're invited to chronicle the music that has influenced your life!
by Jeff

Grumpy's Short-Lived Poetry Contest  [E]
Cheer Grumpy up; he's had a tough month!
by Richard ~ Shenanigans INC.

Folklore and Legends Contest Forum  [ASR]
Do you have what it takes to write about a Legend?
by Beacon's Nights Watch

I Write in 2024  [13+]
Year 12 of I Write is the last one
by Annette

 Weekly 1000 words or less  [13+]
Need some money? come and participate in this fun contest.
by DragonPrince

The Great Novel Review Exchange Group  [13+]
For leadership accesses and banking donations.
by Brandiwyn🎶

Some How/To Items that might help you:

On Giving Reviews  [E]
Are you speechless when you stare at that little reviewing box? Here are some tips.
by Roseille ♥

Helping Links  [ASR]
'Help Links' for Newbies and all other members who are still learning
by Maryann

Some contest resources:
How to Create a Contest  [ASR]
Things you need to know before you open a contest. Includes a contest template.
by Angels in my Ear

"Create/Edit a Message Forum
Newbie Hyperlinking 101 - Bitem Format  [E]
Learn the ins and outs of creating a link using the bitem format.
by NickiD89

Know of some gems that deserve exposure? Submit them in the feedback form or submission form at the end of this Newsletter, and I'll put them in my next one!

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Ask & Answer

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