How it all began...

Years ago my writing group instructor gave us the assignment to write a Drabble. "A what?" we asked. “Oh, that will be easy,” I thought. Well, one week after struggling, and struggling even more, to compose an intriguing but concise story of exactly 100 words—no more, no less—I fell in love with the form. Now, more than a decade later, I’ve published my first book—A Twist of Lemon—and have become passionate about inspiring others to venture into this little-known but incredibly fun and challenging form of microfiction.

What could you do with 100 words, I wonder?

(By the way, you just read a Drabble!)

Announcing...The "Ides of March"
Drabble Writing Contest!

Have a story about Settling Debts?

Tell us in Drabble form for a chance at some cool prizes!

Deadline: Friday, March 19 - 12PM EST

Click Here to Enter

An Interview with Arlene Duane Hemingway


Praise for...A Twist of Lemon

READERS' Favorite

Absolutely brilliant!

With each short story,

I was held breathless, often

not expecting the ending.

You will not

be disappointed!


AMAZON Readers

Filled with surprise twists that keep you wanting more... 


These gems were like Lays Potato Chips-you can't read just one!


ickedly funny, suspenseful, intense, and intriguing, you will be immediately drawn into to these one hundred word stories—aka


“drabbles”—masterfully crafted by Arlene Duane Hemingway. Every word has been carefully chosen for style and content to create mesmerizing tales and characters. Covering a range of topics and emotions, this collection of 100 of the briefest narratives provide plenty of food for thought with enough love, hatred, malice, surprise, humor, deception, reckoning, treachery, and mystery, for all. If this is your first experience with microfiction, you will soon be hooked. If you are already a fan of the genre, prepare to be delighted. 

  • Fri, Mar 19
    The Ides of March Drabble-Writing Contest
    Mar 19, 12:00 PM
    The Ides of March Drabble-Writing Contest
    Announcing the “Ides of March” Drabble Writing Contest …a literary exploration into the theme of “settling debts” Deadline Friday, March, 19, 12PM EST Winner to be announced during a group FB Live event Monday, March 22, 12PM EST
Marble Surface

Ode to


Drabbles for an unusual time...

Never Alone

The skies are bluer and foliage dazzles, thanks to lowered emissions courtesy of quarantining. My belief in miracles remains intact and my cup



Urges to help fellowmen are powerfully resurfacing: I’ve made and received offers of assistance, some from unexpected sources. People are serving others in need—many shop, supply, and deliver food and meals, a CEO forgoes his 1,000,0000 plus salary to sustain employees, and medical professionals risk their lives providing round-the-clock care—indicating our species’ determination to survive and find solutions to current mysteries.


Writing is chronicling my life experiences during this pandemic. Is your pen handy?

~ Arlene Duane Hemingway

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