100 Words runs according to batches, which run monthly. At present, a new batch begins on the first of each month and ends on the last day of that month. To participate, you agree to write 100 words every day for that batch. At the end of the month, whoever finished the batch (ie, wrote every day) will be featured. If you failed to complete the batch, your work will not be featured.

You are expected to write on that day and for that day. For the sake of the exercise, you should not "write ahead" nor should you "catch up" at the end of the month. 100 Words is about capturing life on a daily basis, then examining those days across a period of time.

A "month" is a calendar month. A "day" is defined as the time you wake until the time you go to sleep.

100 Words operates on U.S. east coast time.

All daily entries must be 100 words in length. Not "approximately," not "almost" -- but exactly 100 words. It may be arbitrary, but it's not unimportant. Please hit the mark, or your work will not remain on the site.

Don't worry about small differences in what your local word counter might show verses what our site might indicates. This typically has to do with deviations made with counting hyphenated words and including things like HTML. Just stick with one or the other as your guide and point of reference, so-as to keep a consistent 100 Words. It's about the discipline of 100 Words each day, based on your own counting mechanism (within reason).

We've included on-screen formatting and a built-in wordcounter. When using plain text, please indicate itals with <i> and </i> tags; likewise, bold is indicated with <b> and </b>. To include a line break, type <BR><BR>. Please do not include any other HTML code in your entries -- no underlining, no image tags, no links. Failure to heed this will result in dismissal and deletion.

You are still allowed to miss one day. That is, you can miss one day of writing and not be disqualified. However, you are required to make up that missed day as soon as you realize you blew it. It's on the honor system, but please be a good sport.

Participants can not read other participants' entries until the month is over and the batch is complete.


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