100 word Challenge 2023

The Wilson’s Tales Project launches the 2023 lighthearted challenge to produce a Wilson’s Tale in 100 words. 

It started as a bit of fun.  But now it has gone international.

The 2023 competition is now open, with a £50.00 cash prize to the winner. Closing date September 2nd 2023

There are again no limits on subject, era, genre, or location.  You may introduce cars, space travel, mobile phones, planes, social media, even electric lighting.
We now ask that your Tale ‘could have’ been published by Wilson – read to the family gathered around the fire on a Sunday evening –  The usual strictures about decorum still apply. 

Writing Competition Terms and Conditions:
The competition is to produce a Tale in exactly 100 words, not including the title. Like all Tales, it should have a discernible beginning, middle and end.

Copyright:  Copyright of all works submitted for competitions remains with the author. Wilson’s Tales may use the story in connection with the competition within its publicity, on its website, social media, and voiced as an audio snip.
Previous publication:  All entries must be original, previously unpublished, in English, written by one human author, and not have won an award in any previous competition.  Self-published entries are acceptable.
Changes to entries:  Once an entry has been submitted, it cannot be modified in any way.  Please ensure that your entry is in its final form before submitting.  Number of Entries: Each competitor may enter up to three (3) entries.
Judging:  The competition is judged blind by a panel of judges. Decisions of the judges on all matters are final and the judges reserve the right to withhold awards if no entry reaches an appropriate standard.
Deadline:  The deadline for all competitions is midnight on the closing date.
Winner Announcement:  The listed entries and winners will be announced at the Wilson Memorial Dinner held in early October, on the website and in Social media and press releases.

Entry Format: – IMPORTANT
Entries will only be accepted by email. Your email must contain:
The Title.
Your name, with a country and postcode (zip code)
A short biography of up to 200 words, with an optional photo for use in publicity of listed and winning entries
THE ATTACHMENT: your entry, as an attachment in plain text (.txt, .rtf format. Your name must NOT appear on the attachment, it will be linked by title to your entry.
Entries not meeting the criteria will be excluded.

new for 2024 – You are also invited to optionally provide an audio and/or video file of yourself (or someone else) reading your entry. This will NOT be judged and will not be seen/heard by the judging panel, but may be used for publicity, and may appear on the website /social media.

Send single or multiple submissions to –    100Words@WilsonsTales.co.uk 

Click Here for the 100 word Challenge Poster

The first Tale in the first edition of Wilson’s Tales of the Borders was ‘The Vacant Chair’. It is 4200 words of tragedy, suspense, and joyful ending. Here it is morphed into 100 words?   – and with a humorous ending.

The Vacant Chair

Poor Tom Elliot.  

Snatched by smugglers on his 18th birthday.  Enslaved on a Dutch man o’war  Forced to fight the English, then the French, who took him prisoner.  Finally escaped – now aged 30.  

Battled his way back, to the Christmas feast where his parents still kept a vacant chair awaiting his homecoming.  Finally, surrounded by his loved ones, he sank exhausted into the chair that had stood unused these 12 years past.  

All watched horrified as the chair legs crumbled. throwing Tom backwards to crack his head on the hearthstone.  He lay motionless.  

“Dead!” cried his dad.  “Murdered! By woodworm!”  

© Joe Lang 2019.  All Rights Reserved

– Click here for the full 4200 word ‘Vacant Chair’ Tale –