Contest Closed. Thank you for your submissions! Winner will be announced Monday, July 26 at 12pm EST on Facebook Live

The “Personal Freedom” Drabble-Writing Contest

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What does personal freedom look like to you?
What would it look like to live without personal freedoms?

Now is the best time to think about this…


Announcing the “Personal Freedom” Drabble Writing Contest

in celebration of the Constitution as the Supreme Law of the United States of America


Deadline Thursday, July 15, 2021 at 12pm EST

Grand Prize Winner to be announced during a group FB Live event:

Monday, July 29, 2021 – 12pm EST


Johann Wolfgang von Goethe said, “He only earns his freedom and his life who takes them every day by storm.” So it is with great importance that we ask you to convey the importance of personal freedom through one of the most powerful literary art forms today…The Drabble


What does PERSONAL FREEDOM mean to you?

Tell us in DRABBLE form and win a chance at cool prizes!

Definition of Drabble:

A Drabble is a short work of fiction of precisely 100 words in length: a form of microfiction.

The purpose of the Drabble is brevity, testing the author’s ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in a confined space.


Contest Guidelines:

  • Exactly 100 words (not including the title)

  • Each Drabble submission must have a title

  • Content must be related to this definition of personal freedom: freedom of the person in going and coming, equality before the courts, security of private property, freedom of opinion and its expression, and freedom of conscience subject to the rights of others and of the public (Merriam-Webster)

  • Only prose submissions are eligible; poetry will not be considered. (see below for more details)

  • Must be submitted to: by 12pm EST, July 15, 2021




WAIT! Before you email us your drabble, please…

  1. Read or listen to our video on how to write a great prosaic drabble here

  2. Read winning drabbles from previous contests (below)

  3. Review the Drabble Contest Guidelines! (above)


Only one Drabble will be selected as the WINNER!


  • $25 gift card with independent book store

  • 10-minute interview publicized (if you choose) with Arlene Duane Hemingway

  • Drabble published on website and social media


Drabbles from Previous Contests

paid with a tear

Winner of the "Settling Debts"

March 2021 Drabble-writing Contest

They were sitting on the concrete—cold, dirty, and hungry. Sara spotted them when driving her usual route to feed the homeless.


She pulled up, holding a bag out the window. “Would you like some food?” Sara asked, caringly. The young girl approached the car and looking Sara in the eye, took the bag. How about a scarf and a hat? The girl nodded. As she took the items, a single tear fell on Sara’s arm.


Pulling away, Sara gazed in the rear-view mirror, noticing her own worn hat and scarf—gifts she had been given so many years before.

~ Eva James

Flat Rock, NC