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 of 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.
My interest over the years would come and go, and therefore stories were sporadic. Sometimes a full year would go by without a single story being published. 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 editor / 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.
Sian Brighal trained as a chemistry teacher before moving from the UK to Germany with her husband and two children. Her fiction has appeared in Ellipsis Zine’s One anthology; CalenDark: The Infernal Almanac and the upcoming Deadcades as part of The Infernal Clock’s trilogy of anthologies; and Twisted Sister Lit Magazine. You can read more of her work on her blog: Sian_ink.
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.
Frances Koziar lives in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, and began as an editor at 101 Words in January 2019. She is an academic archaeologist and a published author, specializing in the young adult and high fantasy genres. Her short prose and poetry has been published in 15+ literary magazines, and she is seeking an agent for her second novel. Links to some of her works can be found on her website.
Steph P. Bianchini
Steph P. Bianchini is a French-Italian transplant living in Scotland and working as an academic during the day and a stargazer / historian at night. Writer of speculative fiction and horror under a different byline. Codexian and HWA Active member. More about them at The Earthian Hivemind and on Twitter @SPBianchini.
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