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 and editor 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.
Neesha Hosein is a writer and editor, born in Trinidad & Tobago and raised in Houston, Texas, where she still resides. Her writing has appeared in NASA’s Johnson Space Center publications, Chicken Soup for the Soul, a Freedom With Writing anthology, and SMITH Magazine’s Six Word Memoirs anthologies. As an editor for almost 20 years, she enjoys helping authors beautify their work and destroy typos. Neesha is also an avid reader, gamer, Trekkie, and paper artist. Visit her at www.NeeshaHosein.com.
Shoshauna Shy resides in Madison, Wisconsin. She is a freelance copy editor, poet, and flash fiction author whose credits include publication in Nixes Mate Review, Haunted Waters Press, Fiction Southeast, and others. Author of five poetry collections, she was one of the seven finalists for the 2021 Fish Flash Fiction Prize, earned a Notable Story distinction in Brilliant Flash Fiction’s 2022 contest, appeared in the Bath Flash Fiction Award anthology in 2022, and was shortlisted for the Bath Flash Fiction Award in 2023.
Robert Burns was trained as an architect but now writes short fiction from his home in
Richmond, Virginia. Several of his pieces have been published in Short Fiction Break
magazine and he has placed several finalists in Globe Soup’s monthly 100-word
microfiction contests. Readers can also find his work online at Reedsy Prompts and his website Robert Burns: Chapter Next.
Lorilie Louis is a Florida-born and raised writer who prefers cozy nook reading to the beach or Disney. They are working toward their BA in creative writing while participating in multiple on-campus organizations dedicated to English, writing, and editing. Ask about anything mythology or music-related and get a ten-page essay in return.
Alex Mueller, a recent graduate with an Honours Bachelor of Arts in creative writing and publishing, hails from Ontario, Canada, and has been writing fiction since he was six years old. His favourite genres include fantasy, science fiction, and, more recently, romance. Alex is also interested in true crime. When not writing, Alex enjoys hiking, spending time with his dog (or anyone else’s), and baking brownies.
Adam Blanford is a writer, editor, and audiobook narrator from Colorado. He’s written for podcasts like the horror series ICE-CREAM and hit comedy series Supermarket, as well as for Creepy, The Insomnia Project, Y2K, and Seminar. Adam also created the short-form anthology ill omens and bad tidings. You can find out more about Adam and his work at
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