Super Short Story Contest

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Can you write a compelling story in 140 characters or less? Give it your best shot with our Word of the Day-inspired Super Short Story Contest. The winner will not only have bragging rights, but will also win an iPod!

Every story has a beginning, middle and end; a conflict and resolution – a great story makes its reader cling to every word from start to finish. We are looking for gripping story arcs, tantalizing plot, astounding command of language – all in 140 characters. So put on your storytelling caps and get inspired!

To submit your Super Short Story, use the August 29 Word of the Day in a story and tweet your Super Short Story with #SuperShortStory.

Find the rules and conditions here.

Update: find the winners here.



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  2. #SuperShortStory | Meanwhile -  July 2, 2014 - 8:46 am

    […] a month, Dictionary.com challenges its followers to write a #SuperShortStory in less than 140 characters using its word of the day. I participated in the June 30 challenge and […]

  3. Lenally -  March 7, 2014 - 11:31 am

    does the spaces count as a character???

    Im interested in that supershortstory…..
    But i dont have a twitter
    so its a shame…

    • Victor Akpalu -  July 21, 2015 - 12:40 am

      Im interested in the supershortstory but dont have twitter, what should i do?

  4. Brett Bim -  March 5, 2014 - 4:24 am

    I doubt this comment will last long before being deleted (my last one was when I mentioned how Dictionary.com had changed the hashtag on this story the day before it started) but here’s a fun write up on how not to run an internet context.

  5. Doug -  March 4, 2014 - 9:05 am

    Who won? Or, when is the winner announced? And, can we see the story that won? Thanks.

  6. krystal russell -  March 3, 2014 - 2:24 am

    Life is full of disorders and phobias unfortunately too many are going too far with them and seem to enjoy watching others suffer from their results. Most are unaware of childhood phobias and disorders and lacking essential skills needed to slow them down before they reach their severity. Experienced by one who has both and wasn’t taken seriously enough and had to tell her story.

  7. Lee Louw -  February 28, 2014 - 3:13 pm

    So disappointed in your short story competition of 25.02. This was fun but there appears to be either 1. a lack of transparency or 2. proper instructions and method. You really need to apologize to all the suckers who submitted tweets and then a @RhenWilson won, but his tweet doesn’t even show on the list of submissions!? What’s this all about mmmm? Hope I get a reply even!

  8. Connie Sahn -  February 27, 2014 - 10:25 am

    This sounds like a fun, challenging offer but unfortunately, I do not tweet so guess I’m out! Good luck to those who enter and have fun.

  9. James Smith -  February 26, 2014 - 10:51 am

    For all of the people who ask where to post it, it clearly says use twitter, since twitter is almost the only social media network where you have to use 140 characters max. For all of those who dont have twitter, congratulations. Its a shame its only twitter!

  10. Taylor -  February 26, 2014 - 6:50 am

    Sent my short story by #WotdStory. Right? Wrong? How do I know it goes anywhere?

  11. kate -  February 25, 2014 - 7:42 pm

    The ghost has long haunted her dreams; red and mean, concrete yet elusive, he lacked the strait-forwardness of the typical specter. But she knew it would be an ok day, so it started off. Halfway through a growling monkey caught her eye. “Get out of here, before I call the cops.” she belted out, and he left, dejected but with a banana in hand. Down at the farm, another cow mooed her way. “Come again?” she quipped startled, but the cow wasn’t a repeater. Enough of this mess, she thought, and suddenly she was back in her bed, the sciomachy continuing throughout the night. #SuperShortStory

  12. Okaasan -  February 25, 2014 - 7:22 pm

    Love this idea!! Our local paper used to do something similar but stopped a few years ago. Thanks for a fun writing challenge! :)

  13. Aaron Rehnquist -  February 25, 2014 - 6:53 pm

    once upon a time google died the next day a man tried to google what happened and he couldn’t.

  14. Abby Tiwonski -  February 25, 2014 - 5:19 pm

    Marie has sciamachy. Attacked by an imagined bear, screams filled the air. She claws at things not seen… It dead, she moves on.

  15. Abby Tiwonski -  February 25, 2014 - 5:07 pm

    Maria had sciamachy. Being attacked by an imagined bear, screams filled the air. She clawed at things not seen. It dead, she moved on.

  16. Paul Moir -  February 25, 2014 - 4:05 pm

    July 7th, 1968

    We arrive just before dusk. The setting sun is a large red ball that casts a startling glow on the eastern portion of the frenetic city. The primitive lean-to shops, strung alongside the unpaved road, and the heavy chaotic traffic and numerous pedestrians, is almost too much to take in. Everyone, and everything is covered with a thick red clay film that has been stirred up by the traffic, and then to make it even more surrealistic it swirls around on the early evening wind. The heavily scented odor of exotic spices , which is intoxicating, fills our senses. All of these images, smells and sensations causes one to feel as if they have arrived at the back door of hell…leaving decades of sciamachy on the memoir.

  17. Dane Jansen -  February 25, 2014 - 3:57 pm

    the last man on earth heard a knock at the door

  18. Froggy -  February 25, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    sciamacraphy hmmm….. never herd of it. anyway how do you prounouse it i dont have a clue


    p.p.s.pretty please :)

  19. Hammy -  February 25, 2014 - 3:08 pm

    yolo PEEPS lolololololololololololololololololololol

  20. Hammy -  February 25, 2014 - 3:03 pm

    yesterday ryan von wiki went to the beach and built a sandcastle and then robodog and a anacyborg blew him up. THE END !!!!!!!!!!

  21. Bella -  February 25, 2014 - 2:42 pm

    Your contest lacks conspicuousness, making it hard for one to know what you mean. If you had aforementioned the things such as direct rules or conditions that are not otherwise to be read between the margins of your conditions or stipulated the confusing technicalities then you would have no such perturbation or befuddlement on the side of your readers. I may infer that acknowledging elucidating the headache this has caused would be the right thing to do.

  22. T.Huang -  February 25, 2014 - 2:23 pm

    Thus goes my super short story.

  23. T.Huang -  February 25, 2014 - 2:21 pm

    He saw it. Again, that is. He knows the haunted feeling well now. He made to shout, but she came in. “Quit gaping at the skull. I said sketch it.”

  24. Sky Willchester -  February 25, 2014 - 12:15 pm

    It’s a shame I don’t have twitter. It’s slightly unfair it has to be twitter though..twits..no pun intended, seriously.

  25. Chris Lehman -  February 25, 2014 - 10:27 am

    “Can you write a compelling story in 140 characters or less?”

    Please use proper grammar. Characters is a count noun, therefore you should use “fewer”, not “less.”

    For noncount nouns (mass nouns), use “less”; for count nouns, use “fewer.”

  26. Keith -  February 25, 2014 - 9:39 am

    Blog post says to use #WotDStory but Official Rules say to use #supershortstory

    I’m thinking the former is correct (allows us to use more characters for our story) but the rules were never amended. Can we get a clarification?

  27. Rootie -  February 25, 2014 - 9:35 am

    I don’t have a twitter account (I KNOW! Peace is so outdated). Can I enter anyway?

  28. Doug -  February 25, 2014 - 7:24 am

    Have story. Would like to submit. Just started twitter account. Not really sure how to tweet. May I just e-mail a 140 character story? Also, did my story need to include the word of the day?

  29. martisima -  February 25, 2014 - 5:40 am

    The terms of the contest are not clear: deadline, where to post….

  30. Khatija.Ammu -  February 25, 2014 - 1:27 am

    I want to write and post but where can i do that pls tell me.

  31. Devin Sanchez-Mulwa -  February 25, 2014 - 1:19 am

    I’m so cool ice gets Jealous

    LOL LOL LOL!!!!!!

  32. Jason Winter -  February 25, 2014 - 12:37 am

    Not really interesting, try again.

  33. Viv -  February 24, 2014 - 5:56 pm

    Did you mean 140 WORDS or characters??? Because characters would mean no more than 2 lines…. according to Word Count programs. What story could we possibly weave? Please clarify this.

  34. Omneya Ibrahim -  February 24, 2014 - 4:47 pm

    Looked malgering,proved to be a bless rewording a teli communicative project, solving a country and myself out-raged work problems #WotDStory

  35. Hammy -  February 24, 2014 - 3:05 pm

    lo lol lol lol lol

  36. Hammy -  February 24, 2014 - 3:04 pm

    yesterday i went to the beach

  37. zeb -  February 24, 2014 - 9:46 am

    Do spaces count as characters?

  38. Reginald Williams -  February 24, 2014 - 6:42 am

    Why couldn’t you write your super short story challenge in 140 characters or less?

  39. Alison Thomas -  February 23, 2014 - 6:47 am

    Is there a closing date for the comp? It looks interesting.


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