Grant Faulkner’s lucky number is 33, but he likes to bet on 23. He became a writer because he doesn’t like counting. He specializes in short stories that are two pages too long. Despite that, he’s published a collection of 100-word stories, Fissures, which was published by Press 53.

He’s also executive director of National Novel Writing Month because he likes things big and small. His book on developing a creative mindset to write year-round, Pep Talks for Writers: 52 Insights and Actions to Boost Your Creative Mojo, was recently released by Chronicle Books.

He’s currently working on a book, The Secret History of the World, which can never be published for obvious reasons. He believes that the tale of Peter Rabbit tells everything one needs to know about life.

Contact Grant for readings or speeches.

Follow Grant on Twitter at @grantfaulkner.



Lynn Mundell (she/her) is co-editor of 100 Word Story. Her short-short stories and creative nonfiction have been published in SmokeLong Quarterly, Monkeybicycle, Booth, Tin House Flash Fidelity, Superstition Review, New Micro: Exceptionally Short Fiction (W.W. Norton & Company), and elsewhere. Lynn’s work placed in the Wigleaf Top 50 Very Short Fictions short and long lists between 2017 and 2020, and earned the 2019 Lascaux Prize in Creative Nonfiction. You can pre-order her chapbook Let Our Bodies Be Returned to Us before its release from Yemassee in mid-February 2022.

Lynn loved university life so much that she uses money earned by her publications to fund a scholarship at her town’s high school that is awarded annually to graduating seniors committed to studying creative writing at the college level.

Read her 100 Word Story “scairytales,” and haunt her on Twitter, @lynnfmundell. Learn more than you want to know about her on her website.



Beret Olsen (she/her) is a writer, editor, photographer, and long-time fan of the Oxford comma.

Her personal history includes (in no particular order): birth, the CDC, Grape Nuts™, South Dakota, Paul Wellstone, darkroom chemistry, Carleton College, very bad dogs, Teach for America, and Omar Epps’s mother.

For her first mid-life crisis, she went to art school. It was great.

Currently, Beret edits words and images in the Bay Area, where she lives with her husband and two teens. Her fiction and essays have been published in literary journals including SmokeLong Quarterly, Masters Review, First Class Lit, Flash: The International Short-Short Story Magazine, and the Laurel Review (upcoming), as well as on her blog, Bad Parenting 101. You can find her photography at

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