Greetings!
Make the most of your not-so-tiny ideas, and let us be their canvas.

You could send in tweet-sized tales or even tinier ones (six words, or fewer).

You could write on topical issues and current affairs, or on select words and themes.

You could even vent out rants, bleed poetry, craft musings, or weave stories - just as long as they are under 1,400 characters.
Let's write!
 
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Categories:

#live
Trending topics from around the world, storified.Theme: Only current affairs and presently topical subjects.
Character limit: 140

#community
A level playing field for writers from around the world.
Theme: Open.
Character limit: 140

#tinier
Tales told in six words, or fewer.
Theme: Open.
Word limit: 6

#workshop
Tales filtered and crafted at our exclusive micro-fiction workshops.
Theme: Allotted at the workshop.
Character limit: 140

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Notes:

You can submit up to three entries in one, single category each time you fill out the form.

All submissions through this form are a product of Terribly Tiny Tales™.

Every submission published will, of course, be duly credited.

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#Collaboration - Mumbai Police

Welcome to our newest #Collaboration!

Brief:

Tales informing and highlighting the various crimes in the city of Mumbai through insightful or relatable stories.

Things to keep in mind:
Tales should clearly highlight the issue. Tales can also be positive showing triumph and empowerment.

Topics:
Child sexual abuse, Road safety, Drug abuse, Women's safety and security, and Cyber crime.

Deadline: 11:59 pm, 25th May, 2016 (Wednesday Night).

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But before you send in your tales, just remember:

1. Must be a story within 140 characters (including spaces).

2. Must not be an abstract joke, musing, or poem.

3. Must convey a passage of time.

4. Must have a beginning and an end.

5. Must include a character – could be anything from a cat to a letter box.

6. You may write under any genre.

7. Avoid clichés! Make sure your tale stands out, is based on a great idea or insight, and its craft is impeccable. (Only the best make it.)

8. You may also send in as many tales as you like - but only three at a time.

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Good luck!
 
Tale - 1

 
Tale - 2

(Note: If you wish to submit the first tale that you've written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
Tale - 3

(Note: If you wish to submit the two tales that you've written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
#Live

If it made the news, it can make a tale.

#Live is a series of tales on current affairs and topical issues.
News that hurts, shocks, delights or infuriates, weaved into tales that do all that, and more.

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But before you write a #Live tale, just remember that it:

1. Must be a story within 140 characters (including spaces).

2. Must be based on a relevant news subject, current affair, or topical issue.

3. Must not be an abstract musing or poem.

4. Must convey a passage of time.

5. Must have a beginning and an end.

6. Must include a character – could be anything from a cat to a letter box.

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Sample tales:

1. (Peshawar School Massacre)

There is a gun on my back
And books on yours
Ah how
Each of us fears
what the other carries

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2. (Paris Terror Attacks)

Gunshots in Paris.
Cupid still flies with wounded wings.

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3. (Scientists discover liquid water on Mars)

Seeing her scars, his eyes well up.
NASA discovers water on Mars.

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#Live Topic - 1

On which topical issue, current affair, or news topic is your tale based on?
Just a small, single line description will do.
 
Your #Live tale - 1

 
#Live Topic - 2

(Note: If you wish to submit just one #Live tale, skip this question.)

On which topical issue, current affair, or news topic is your tale based on?

Just a small, single line description will do.
 
Your #Live tale - 2

(Note: If you wish to submit just one #Live tale, skip this question.)
 
#Live Topic - 3

(Note: If you wish to submit the two #Live tales that you've already written, please skip this question.)

On which topical issue, current affair, or news topic is your tale based on?
Just a small, single line description will do.
 
Your #Live tale - 3

(Note: If you wish to submit the two #Live tales that you've already written, please skip this question.)

 
#Community

When words become the muse itself, magic happens.

#Community is a level playing field that chronicles stories from around the world, curated by us every day.

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But before you write a #Community tale, just remember that it:

1. Must be a story within 140 characters (including spaces).

2. You may write on a word of your choice, or select a word from the word generator: http://goo.gl/2X9e7P

3. Must not be an abstract musing or poem.

4. Must convey a passage of time.

5. Must have a beginning and an end.

6. Must include a character – could be anything from a cat to a letter box.

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Sample tale, on whiskey:

Man walks into a bar.
“Whiskey, large.”
A boy walks out.

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Your #Community tale - 1

 
Your #Community tale - 2

(Note: If you wish to submit the first #Community tale that you've written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
Your #Community tale - 3

(Note: If you wish to submit the two #Community tales that you've written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
#Tinier

Tell a tale in six words, or fewer.

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But before you write your #Tinier tale, just remember that it:

1. Must be a story told entirely in six words, or fewer.

2. Must not be an abstract musing or poem.

3. Must have a beginning and an end.

4. Words with an apostrophe - example: “Mother's”, "Ram's", "Pen's", etc. - denoting possession, shall be counted as one.
And even contractions - example: “Her mother's sleeping” - shall be counted as one.
(Here, "mother's" is treated as one word. "Her" & "sleeping" are two separate words. So, in the aforementioned example "her mother's sleeping", the word-count is three.)
For more help with contractions and apostrophe usage, check out bit.ly/tttinier-contractions

5. Hyphenated words which exist in the dictionary as single entity or object, shall be counted as one.
For example: ‘Tic-Tac-Toe’, ‘Mother-in-law’, ‘close-up’, ‘single-minded’, etc. shall be counted as one word.
Whereas, if hyphens are used to contract a phrase or a sentence (or simply to cheat the six-word rule), the entire tales shall be disqualified.
(Here are some resources that may help:
bit.ly/tttinier-help-1 & bit.ly/tttinier-help-2)

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Sample tales:

1.
Plane Crashed.
Newsroom: What're the numbers?

2.
"We need to talk," she said.

3.
Final boarding call.
Hearing aid missing.

4.
Groom: "I do!"
Bridesmaid: "I do."

5.
A torn condom united two faiths.

6.
'Earn online!’
Scrolls.
'Select payment mode.'

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Your #Tinier tale - 1

 
Your #Tinier tale - 2

(Note: If you wish to submit the first #Tinier tale that you've written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
Your #Tinier tale - 3

(Note: If you wish to submit the #Tinier tales that you've already written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
#Workshop

Note: This is for workshop participants, only.

At our TTT workshop, you get an exclusive peek into the world of micro fiction including insights and tips from our writers, and the opportunity to write your own tale.

To invite us to your campus, festival, or workspace, check out stttore.com/products/ttt-events, we’d love to be there.

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But before you write a #Workshop tale, just remember that it:

1. Must be a story within 140 characters (including spaces).

2. Must be on the word allotted to you at your workshop. 

3. Must not be an abstract musing or poem.

4. Must convey a passage of time.

5. Must have a beginning and an end.

6. Must include a character – could be anything from a cat to a letter box.

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Sample tale, on whiskey:

Man walks into a bar.
“Whiskey, large.”
A boy walks out.

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Which TTT Workshop did you attend, and when?

Just a name of the venue, and a date will do.
 
Your #Workshop tale - 1

 
Your #Workshop tale - 2

 
Your #Workshop tale - 3

 
#Glimpse

Some thoughts spill over from a tweet-sized glass.
So, for these not-so-tiny ideas, we give them ten.

Introducing #Glimpse, for writings that warrant 1400 characters, but still hit as many homes.

With #Glimpse, you may vent out rants, bleed poetry, craft musings, weave stories, or write to your heart's content - just as long as it is under 1,400 characters.

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To get you started, here are some samples:

1.

ELECTRICITY

Her nails leave crimson crevices on my back. To avenge, I make teeth shaped craters below her neck. Today, the city is a forest. An endless abyss of dark. The light insects don't have tubelit nests to trapeze into. No winter wind walking on fragile city dreams. It's a quiet, quiet night.

Like every other home, a candle lights a corner of our room. The faint yellow traces the beautiful imperfections of her body. Her sweat merges with mine like the communion of ancient rivers. We're on the edge of grace. As the night gets darker, we come closer. Our bodies moving to a hungry rhythm.

In the distance, old uncles make calls to the Electricity Board. Some flaccid gentlemen walk themselves down and chatter with the building watchman. Aunties toss and turn, fretting over their morning responsibilities. Children cry.

But us lovers. Animals of the quiet night. We gnaw into each other until our bodies illuminate our souls.

We are no prisoners of electricity. We make our own.

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2.

SICK VERSE

Last night, I told my doctor,
that I was slowly forgetting how to feel.
She looked at me,
like the teacher looks at a kindergarten kid,
carrying a knife in his school bag.
The next moment, I had her sitting next to me.
Trying to sniff any remnant of alcohol,
or find an injection wound on my arm.
It wasn't pleasant knowing that I was in my senses.
Her eyes dropped flat,
succumbing to no symptoms,
prescribed by science.
I knew that feeling.
So, here I am, with haphazard lines on my prescription,
which look exactly like the last poem,
I wrote when I was in love.

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The title of your #Glimpse - 1

 
#Glimpse - 1

 
The title of your #Glimpse - 2

(Note: If you wish to submit the first #Glimpse that you've written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
#Glimpse - 2

(Note: If you wish to submit the #Glimpse that you've written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
The title of your #Glimpse - 3

(Note: If you wish to submit the #Glimpses that you've already written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
#Glimpse - 3

(Note: If you wish to submit the #Glimpses that you've already written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
#OpenLetter

Dear Reader,

With #OpenLetters, we put our feelings in words and pull the trigger.
Aiming at those who are too busy to listen.

Yours,
TTT.

P.S Character limit- 2000

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To get you started, here are some samples:

1.

Dear Allah,

bismillah ir rahman ir rahim

I put these words out in the universe, hoping they will reach you someday.
But really, I have only questions.
I am largely an atheist, and worship mere tranquility.
I bow before the endless sky, seek the water that gives,and talk to the bird that sings.
I pray to silence, and often in it.
The closest thing that comes to a religion, for me, is Humanity.
The power of good; the hand that heals, nurses and blesses.
I speak a language or two, but love is more powerful, I truly believe.
Just as I don’t believe in scriptures and manuscripts that time passes on.
About how the world has been, should be, or will be.
Needless to say, I don’t know any verses from the Quran.
But today, I fear for my loved ones, or anyone who doesn’t.
And I ask of you, in as many words : Do I need to know verses from the Quran, to earn the right to live?
The perpetrators in the guise of your protectors, pumped bullets into those who couldn’t recite them.
Did you assign them the task to massacre millions in your name?
If not, how will you let it be known to them?
For, they may blow themselves up in your name and perish.
But where do we go from here?
Grant me an answer, in some way or another.
Because if there’s ever a man in front of me with a gun in his hand,I’m going to look him straight in the eye and ask him to pull the trigger.
Only so that I can come knocking on your door quicker,and keep pestering you with the same questions.
If that ever happens, I hope you let me in without asking me to recite a verse.
Will you?
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2.

Dear Long Distance Friend,

People say long distance relationships suck. Well, they’ve never tried a long distance friendship, because ‘suck’ doesn’t even begin to cover it.
But life has a way of taking people we love and tossing them across oceans.
And I hate it.
I hate how my phone is full of apps that claim to bring you closer, but honestly, they don’t.
I hate how meticulously we plan Skype dates and then they don’t happen because you’ve had a long day at work or I have a random test tomorrow.
I hate that your stupid new place is in a weird time zone and I have to wake you up at 2am to ask – red or black?
I hate that I’m always forgetting the names of all these new people and mostly, have no clue who you’re bitching about.
I hate how I know that your new boyfriend doesn’t like tomatoes on his pizza but I haven’t even met him yet.
I hate how I have to call you an hour before your birthday and refuse to hang up, even if you’re at a party, just to be the first one to wish you.
I hate how I still get a teensy bit jealous when your other friends become a rather frequent feature on your social media.
And in our conversations. I hate how sometimes all I need is a hug from you but you’re half a world away.
I hate a lot of things.
But I love how we pick up right where we left off, every single time.
I love that, even if WhatsApp calls are the work of the devil and Skype freezes all the time, shitty internet connections do nothing to ruin our connection.
I love how only you can deal with my dramas from across the world like you did from across the room.
Most importantly, I love you.
I know, you do too. And that makes all of this okay.
PS: I miss your face.
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The title of your #OpenLetter - 1

 
#OpenLetter - 1

 
The title of your #OpenLetter - 2

(Note: If you wish to submit the first #OpenLetter that you've written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
#OpenLetter - 2

(Note: If you wish to submit the #OpenLetter that you've written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
The title of your #OpenLetter - 3

(Note: If you wish to submit the #OpenLetter that you've already written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
#OpenLetter - 3

(Note: If you wish to submit the #OpenLetter that you've already written, please feel free to skip this question.)
 
You can submit more whenever you wish!

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Only the best ones will make the cut.

Good luck.

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Note:

We are afraid we can't give personal feedback or notifications to writers, because we receive tonnes of entries every day.

Sorting the best is a difficulty we gladly work on. 

The net is huge, our hands few. 

Hence, we ask for patience.

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