100-Word Short Story Competition

The 5th annual Arizona Western College

100-Word Short Story Competition

Is brevity really the soul of wit? Here's a chance to find out. Submit your very best short story composed of 100 words or less. That's right, 100 words! Your challenge is to distill a story down to its essence, without sacrificing its narrative impact.

Eligibility: The contest is open to all current AWC, U of A-Yuma, and NAU-Yuma students, faculty and staff.

Deadline: Thursday February 19th 2015 (by 5 p.m.)

Winning Submissions:

  • Two first-place winners (one from both the Student and Faculty/Staff categories) will receive a prize of $50.00 and publication in AWC's student newspaper, Western Voice.
  • Two second-place selections will receive gift packages and publication in Western Voice.
  • Honorable mention stories may also be selected and will appear in Western Voice.

Submission Guidelines:


  • Story submissions must total no more than 100 words , not including the author's name and the story's title.
  • Stories must be original, unpublished works of fiction.
  • Each author is limited to two submissions.
  • Hardcopy submissions can be turned in at the front desk of the Humanities Office (LR-068) or through email at creativewriting@azwestern.edu. Attach your submission as a word file. Manuscripts will not be returned. Authors should keep a copy for themselves.
  • Entries must be written primarily in English, although brief passages in another language are acceptable.




  • Stories must be typed and double-spaced in 12-point Times New Roman font.
  • Manuscripts must include the following:



  1. 1. The writer's name, email, and telephone number.
  2. 2. The writer's designation (student or faculty/staff)
  3. 3. An original title.

Judging: Submissions will be considered blindly, with the author's name removed. The judges for the 2015 competition are AWC English Professors Eric Lee, Terri Brown, and Clayton Nichols.


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