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.
Meet Our Editors
Emily Clayton is a freelance writer / copywriter who grew up in Ontario, Canada, and now resides with her husband in Northern California. Her fiction has been published in Kudzu House Quarterly, the FlashDogs Time Anthology, and online in various formats. Visit her site for more about her work and published fiction.
Liz Betz is a retired rancher from Alberta, Canada. Her passion and active mind strategy is writing; she also has a relaxing hobby of photography. Her photography and essay efforts are blogged, and she has a stand-alone blogged book available for fellow lymphedema warriors. She is always delighted when more of her short stories reach publication. Links to many of her almost 50 published short stories (and her blogs) can be found at I-Write.
Phillip T. Stephens
Phillip’s writing and art appear in anthologies, online and print magazines, and peer-reviewed academic journals. Phillip and Carol live in Oak Hill, Texas. They built a habitat in the shade of their oaks to house foster cats for austinsiameserescue.org. They found new homes for more than three hundred abandoned pets. Phillip’s work reflects the threads that weave metaphor into the fabric of thought.
Aldas is a writer from Dublin, Ireland. He has spent the last few years dreaming of a successful and prolific career as a writer, so he earned a Masters in Creative Writing from Loughborough University. His work has been published in Terrene, Idle Ink, and more. Find out more at aldaskruminis.com.
John Lane has been working for the aerospace industry for approximately twenty years. In addition, he served a total of ten years between stints in the Army and National Guard. John currently resides with his wife and beagle in Frackville, Pennsylvania. He earned his BA in accounting from Alvernia University and completed the Fast Flash Workshop with Kathy Fish. His fiction and poetry appears in several online publications, including 50-word Stories, The Drabble, and Trembling With Fear. John contributed to the forthcoming anthology, Tritely Challenged Volume 2.
J. William Ross
J. William Ross writes poetry and prose from Lakewood, Ohio. Along with winning the 53-Word Story Contest at Press-53, he has been published in The Lakewood Observer and Prime Number Magazine. A recent shift toward cultivating his literary endeavors has resulted in a deepening sense of solace and purpose. He enjoys spending time with his creative, kindhearted son and their exceptionally vocal cat. You can find his stories at jwilliamross.com.
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