Mysterious and marvellous

In exactly eighty words

Welcome to the Great Eighty Challenge, enjoy!  To write a piece of flash fiction in not over, not under, but exactly eighty words.

Your submission can be an extract from a longer work; a full story with beginning, middle and end; or it can simply be a scene - it's what you do with it that is of interest..  You can submit as many pieces as you like per competition.

Here is a jotter for your drafting, but be sure to copy and paste it into the Submission Form before you submit. Be aware that you must leave a space after punctuation and that hyphenated words will be counted as two separate words in the judging process.

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Terms and Conditions

(1) All submissions must be the author's own work and not in breach of any existing copyright. (2) All entries must be exactly 80 words. (3) The ethos of The Third Word Press does not allow rants, bullying, swearing or any form of abuse. (4) By submitting an entry, you grant The Third Word Press  a royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable, non-exclusive, sublicensable, worldwide license to use, reproduce, distribute, perform, publicly display, prepare derivative works, communicate, rent, lend, translate, edit, adapt and sell your entry plus title in any media (e.g digital, print, text message or radio, syndication). (5) The deadline for entries falls on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, at 23.59 UK time, entries submitted after 23:59 UK time will be entered into the next competition. (6) Winners will be contacted by 23:59 UK time, a week following the deadline of the competition and recorded on the website. (7) No communication will be entered into, and the judge's decision is final. (8) Prize money will be sent to UK bank accounts or overseas PayPal accounts, any relevant fees or taxes are the author's responsibility. (9) There is no payment for general submissions, but authors featured on our website and promotions will always be credited, and your participation is greatly appreciated.

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