What is a 100 Word Story? The Beginners Guide (2024)

In the beginning, a 100-word story was a sketch or a scribble a writer made when gnawing at the novel but with the increase in popularity of the genre the form is treated as a whole. 

No longer as part of a whole.

In this blog post, we will see the meaning of a 100-word story, examples, and more.

Benefits of Writing Drabbles 

There are many reasons why you should be writing 100 word stories.

1.Start Small

 If you are struggling to work on big projects like novels and novellas. You can start with the 100-word form to build your skills and get things done.

2. No Time

 For most writers the problem is “I don’t have time”. In as much as ten minutes you can get a story completed. It can take less time if you have already planned it in your head.

See more reasons why you should be writing flash fiction and what you are missing out on if you don’t.

Can a short story be 100 words?

 A short story can be told within 100 words with all(or hint) the elements of fiction like plot, settings, theme, character, etc.

As you will see with examples below.

100 Word Story Examples.

What is a 100 word story

A 100-word story is a form of fiction ( short story ) that is exactly one hundred words no more no less yet excels  in telling a story.

What is a 100 word story  called

A 100 word story is also known as or called a drabble.

How long is a 100 word story

Word Count

A Drabble is a story exactly 100 words in length no more or less. This is why it is also called a 100 word story.

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The average length for a page with a single space is 500 words.

This means a 100 word story is one-fifth of a page in length.

How long does it take to write a 100-word Story?

When considering the time it takes to write a 100-word story it is easy to tell you that it varies but let’s see why.

Writing as a whole has a lot of parts to the process and some of these parts do not have a set time it could take. Sometimes an idea forms in your head completely that when you sit it is to give birth to the story as a whole.

At other times we sit to write without having an idea of where the story would go and if I am fortunate I know what the first line would be.

Considering the average word count of a person writing to be 40, if you were to write a 100-word story it would take two minutes and thirty seconds and assuming you don’t have to work with the idea. 

When you consider working on the idea and other elements of fiction it can take from five minutes to as much as the story chooses to take.

Read 50 Creative 100 word story prompts

Reading Time

When it comes to how long it takes for you to read a 100-word story this varies from person to person. This difference is based on the reading speed of the reader. It takes about 30 seconds for a reader with an average reading speed of 200 words per minute.

Examples of 100 word Stories 

There are a lot of stories varying in the genre both the same in length ( 100 words).

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A good example is this winning story from the NYC Midnight Microfiction 100 Word Challenge

The Old Man and the Moon by Puckett.

You can read other interesting 100 word story examples.

Getting Readers for your Story

Here is a list of magazines where you can read 100 word stories or drabble for free.

If you are a writer you can submit your drabbles to these magazines.

1. Friday Flash Fiction

From the name Friday Flash Fiction, this magazine is published weekly on Fridays. They are looking for stories within 75 – 100 words

2. 100 Word Story

100 word story is among the reputable sites publishing 100 word stories. The website publish both 100-word fiction and 100-word essays.

To read more magazines that publish 100 word stories and allow you to read these stories for free.

Check these 100 word story magazines.


The 100 word story is growing in popularity.

An indication of this growth is more magazines are accepting 100 word stories while others only accept your story with 100 words.

Does anyone read a 100 word story?

It is not enough to publish these stories.

 Does anyone read it?

These magazines get hundreds of visitors per month.

According to similarweb a website traffic estimator tool 100 gets about 28,500 visitors per month.

People are also searching for 100 word stories on Google.

While Semrush estimates the total searches per month to be 3,500.

Keep in mind that these numbers are estimates.

From experience, the actual number is higher than the numbers these tools give.

See also  4 Best 100 Word Story Contests (2024)


We have seen the meaning of 100 word stories, examples, and magazines where you can read and submit 100 word stories.

If you have any other questions.

Let me know in the comments section.

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