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Michael Brookes (technohippy)

The first Festival of Drabbles will start on November 9th and run until the 15th. It will be a week long celebration of drabbles and the art of drabble writing including some of the finest drabblists in the world.

If you’re new to drabbles then they are a form of flash fiction in which the story is told in exactly 100 words. I’ve been a fan of the drabble form since they were introduced as a daily feature in the Indie Book Bargains newsletter (now Book Hippo) a few years ago.

As a writer it’s a challenge of economy and editing to tell a story in so few words. It’s also an excellent way to play with new ideas and to explore areas that you normally wouldn’t. As a reader I enjoy a bite sized tale in those few quiet minutes in the day. They’ve also introduced to me to new authors whose work I would otherwise have missed.

It’s a form that deserves greater recognition and so I’m organising this week of drabble related reading and activities. I already have a plan for how my blog The Cult of Me will contribute to International Drabble Week. I’ll share these nearer the time, and it will include a drabble competition.

How can you help?

First we need to raise awareness for Festival of Drabbles 2015, so if you have access to any of the following channels then please do the following:

If you have a blog or website then post an announcement for the Festival, you are free to use the logo and text for this purpose.

If you are on Facebook then join the event, invites any friends that you think would be interested and share the event on your timeline and any appropriate groups you participate in:


If you’re on Twitter then tweet a link to this event and if you can use the #festivalofdrabbles hashtag that would be great!

message 2: by Kath (new)

Kath Middleton I shall be in attendance! I love drabbles.

message 3: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) Excellent :-)

message 4: by Mehreen (new)

Mehreen Ahmed (mehreen2) | 15 comments Great!

message 5: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) I've posted the calendar of events for the Festival of Drabbles 2015:


If you want to host an event then post the details below and I'll add it to the the schedule.

message 6: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) The Festival of Drabbles 2015 is less than a month away and will be a celebration of all things drabbles for the week starting 9th November. If you haven't heard of drabbles before then they are stories that are exactly 100 words and are a favourite short form of writing. Here's one of mine to give you the idea:

Face in the Mirror

I stare at my face in the mirror and I can’t be sure that it’s really me. My eyes are hunted and bruised from nights of disturbed sleep. A dread has stalked my dreams, twisting them into nightmares that linger even in dawn’s embrace.

In the mirror I glimpse a malformed shadow lurking behind me, its touch is cold upon my skin and fills me with terror. My will fails and I fall into the mirror, my final scream frozen in glass.

I gaze at my reflection and admire my new face, I think I’ll wear it for a while.

Whether you're already a fan of drabbles, or discovering them for a first time the festival welcomes you. Some of the finest drabblists are taking part and there will be amazing stories from a variety of genres to discover.

You can join the festival here on Facebook:


The calendar of events is coming together nicely with some well known names in drabbles. You can see the list of events here:


If you'd like to host an event then let me know!

message 7: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) The Festival of Drabbles kicks off its celebration of stories told in exactly 100 words in just over a week's time. If you're not signed up for the event yet then you can do so here:


The countdown means that you only have this week to enter your drabble into the festival's drabble competition. There are two prizes on offer: £30 Amazon or PayPal prize and four voters will also be randomly selected to win £10 Amazon gift cards for participating. One winner will be picked by me and the other by public vote.

There's no fee to enter the competition and you can submit your drabble here:


Remember that your drabble must be exactly 100 words!

message 8: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) A reminder that today is the last day to enter the Festival of Drabbles 2015 Drabble contest. Write a story of exactly 100 words - not including the title - and enter it here:


message 9: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) For the first day of the Festival of Drabbles I've posted my first ever drabble:


There's some great posts and first drabbles been shared - come and join in the event here:


You can also keep up with the latest posts with the calendar of events here:


message 10: by Kath (new)

Kath Middleton Here's my blog post about the event - and it includes my first drabble and a recent one.

message 11: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) In today's post for the Festival of Drabbles 2015 I highlight some websites and blogs where you can discover drabbles:


message 12: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) My apologies for the initial poor organisation of the drabble competition voting for the Festival of Drabbles 2015. I have now added a poll to the blog in the right panel where you can choose your favourite drabble. All the drabbles can still be found here:


If you wish to be entered into the voters draw to win one of four £10 Amazon gift card vouchers then leave a comment on that page.

message 13: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) I've picked the winning drabble for the Festival of Drabbles 2015 Drabble Contest. With so many fantastic entries it wasn't easy to pick the winner and you can see who won here:


There's still a few hours left to vote for the People's Choice winner, who will be announced tomorrow. Make sure to leave a comment on the entries page to be in with a chance to win a £10 Amazon gift card:


message 14: by Michael (new)

Michael Brookes (technohippy) The People's Choice winner for the Festival of Drabbles 2015 has been announced:


Thanks to everyone for taking part in the Festival - I've had a great week!

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