Thursday, January 19, 2023

2023 Quordle Quell Writing Contest: Assignment of the Four Words

Assigning the four words to the early bird entrants to the contest and laying out the guidelines.

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  • You will be assigned the four words on which to base your story by email, and for those who have already entered, by listening to this episode of the podcast. 
  • You must submit your new original story by 12:00:00 AM Mountain Time on May 1, 2023
  • Winners will be announced on the show and by email by June 1, 2023
  • Winning stories will be produced for audio publication on the podcast in 2023.
WORD COUNT: The story shall be between 7500 words or less in length


  • The story must contain your four assigned words in a significant way.
  • Please write an original story based on inspiration from the assigned words.  Please don't stuff these words into a story you have already written.  There is no way for me to enforce this, but the spirit of this contest is to provide a prompt for a new story.
  • Preference for speculative fiction, including science fiction, fantasy, horror, and various combinations and sub-genre.
  • Remember the winning stories will be produced for the podcast, so we will be looking for stories that "work well in audio".

CONTEST RESTRICTIONS: Please no splatter horror, grimdark, or explicit sexual content. Also please avoid coarse profanity (including Schlonz).

WHO WILL DECIDE THE WINNERS: A panel of volunteer judges.

PRIZES: 1st Prize: $20, 2nd Prize: $15, 3rd Prize: $5.  All winning stories will be produced as a full cast audio production for the podcast.

WHERE TO SEND SUBMISSIONS: Email submissions to

SUBMISSION FORMAT:  The subject line must contain the prefix of "2023 CONTEST:" followed by the title of your story.  The body of the email should be the text of your story.

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  1. Like I said before, I'd like to enter the contest.

    1. Sorry about that. Please send me an email at so that I can email you back with your word assignments.