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Descriptions of Writing Types

  • Poems

    • Including written and spoken word

    • Can be submitted in written form and/or as an .MP4 file. 

  • Letters 

    • Can be fiction or nonfiction

  • Diary Entries 

    • Can be fiction or nonfiction

  • Original Novel or Novella Excerpts 

    • Up to 5,000 words 

    • Including those still in progress/unpublished 

  • Short Stories

    • A story with a fully developed theme but significantly shorter and less elaborate than a novel (Definitions from Oxford Languages).

      • 1,000 - 5,000 words

      • Can be fiction or nonfiction

  • Flash Fiction

    • ​A fictional work of extreme brevity that still offers character and plot development. Identified varieties, many of them defined by word count, include the six-word story; the 280-character story (also known as "twitterature"); the "dribble" (also known as the "minisaga," 50 words); the "drabble" (also known as "microfiction," 100 words); "sudden fiction" (750 words); flash fiction (1,000 words); and "micro-story" (Wikipedia). 

      • 500 words or less

      • Fiction 

  • Narratives 

    • A spoken or written account of connected events; a story (Definitions from Oxford Languages). The purpose of narrative writing is to tell a story, whether that story is real or imaginary. Pieces in a narrative style will have characters, and through the narrative, the reader learns what happens to them. Narrative writing can also include dialogue (Grammarly).

      • Can be fiction or nonfiction 

  • Reflective Pieces

    • Writers use reflective writing to analyze and examine an event, memory, or observation. In reflective writing, the writer reflects on the meaning and impact of the occasion (Your Dictionary).

      • Can be fiction or nonfiction

  • Personal Pieces

  • Descriptive Essays

    • The aim of descriptive writing is to help the reader visualize, in detail, a character, event, place, or all of these things at once. The author might describe the scene in terms of all five senses (Grammarly). 

      • Can be fiction or nonfiction

  • Plays 

    • Creative writing

  • Movie and television scripts or screenplays 

    • Creative writing

  • Songs 

    • Including written or .MP3 file submissions

    • Creative writing

  • Memoirs

    • A historical account or biography written from personal knowledge or special sources (Definitions from Oxford Languages).

      • Nonfiction or creative writing

  • Literally any type of writing, except academic essays

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