Congratulations to BoMarly whose Shakespearean opening to Hamlet muscled its way past the 100 vote mark!

Announcement (September 27, 2014): If your 150-words was voted among the top 25 during the last solicitation period, and you are planning to submit your manuscript, please do so before September 30, 2014. An email was sent to all qualifying authors in July. If you qualified, but did not receive that email, please contact us at by September 30, 2014 to arrange for an extended deadline.

Announcement (July 2, 2014): There were insufficient number of qualifying 150-Word posts, during the submission period that ended on June 30, 2014, to allow us to publish an anthology for this cycle. However, several selected authors from the last cycle were unable to complete the editing process, which prevented the publication of the 2013 anthology. Therefore, the editors have decided to solicit manuscripts from all of the authors who posted their openings during this past submission period, select those that they like, and publish a combined anthology for 2013 and 2014.

Announcement (July 2, 2014): We recently discovered that our web filtering system has been rejecting posts and emails from new accounts for quite some time. The lack of new posts should have been an obvious sign, but it turned out to be a fairly hard problem to track down. We have now fixed the issue and hope to again welcome new members into our community who were understandably frustrated by their prior experience.

Congratulations to the writers of the Top 25 most voted openings (as of 9 pm June 30, 2014)!

Post Your 150-Words Now to get valuable feedback on your story's opening, and to get votes to qualify for possible publication in our next anthology edition! Current solicitation period is from 7/1/2013 to 6/30/2014.

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