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Writers’ Dash: Editors’ Choice

Published on Friday, June 28, 2013 by
Want to get a little more exposure for your dash pieces? We feel you deserve
the recognition.


Each month we select the best Writers’ Dash submissions made through our blog comment system (whether Daily Dash, Piclit Dash (aka Picture Prompt)/#piclish on Twitter; or Siclit Dash (aka Fiction Prod)/#siclish on Twitter). It’s not necessary to enter through the general submission process (see Submissions below), just leave your dash piece in the comment section of the prompt post in question – see the Prompts tab at the top-right corner of the site to access the latest writing challenge.

The winning dash piece will be published on our site and promoted throughout our main social media channels (we are followed by several of the big six publishing houses, so show them your best!). You will probably want to submit your best pieces of dash, so take some time to edit and revise before submission.


Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions in the following areas: dash poetry, dash flash fiction, dash fiction, dash creative non-fiction.


We seek to publish well-constructed poems, either formal or outstanding free form. 40 line limit.


100 word limit (Flash); 750 word limit (Fiction).


1000 word limit.

General Guidelines

­­­­­­­­­­­Submit only unpublished work. We do not accept simultaneous submissions. Work that has been previously published or is being offered for publication at a journal elsewhere is not eligible for publication at Virtual Writers, Inc.

Virtual Writers, Inc. acquires first-time electronic rights with exclusive rights for 30 days from publication. Rights will revert to the author after publication. Authors are  free to republish their work in either electronic or print as long as Virtual Writers, Inc. is recognized as the original publisher and you provide a link to us. We also reserve the right to republish your work, whole or in part, in future electronic and/or print editions or anthologies.

We also accept Editors’ Choice submissions via email as a .doc or .rtf attachment. Send to andrea@virtualwritersinc.com with the following information in the subject area of the email: “Editors’ Choice” Submission: (Your Name). Please also include a 100-word bio written in third person in the body of the email.

Virtual Writers, Inc. is unable to offer payment. We can however offer the ability to link to your bio, personal site or other journals in which you are published.


I found #writersdash on Twitter, what is it?

The Writers’ Dash (#writersdash on Twitter) is a 15-minute free writing exercise held on TwitterFacebook and Second Life® every weekday. At 5:30am & 5:30pm PDT we share the word prompt on our social media channels; the live event begins in Second Life® at 6am & 6pm PDT. Write whatever comes to you. Don’t fixate too heavily on what you are writing and disengage your inner editor – the key is for you to get the words on the page first; you can worry about editing later. If you are attending the live event in Second Life® there will be an opportunity for you to show your work to the other participants after the 15 minutes are up. If you are unable to attend the live event you can share your work on our blog. Just look out for the prompt post and leave your dash piece as a comment.

In addition to our week day prompts we also include two exciting challenges for the weekend:

  • The Siclit Fiction Prod (#siclish on Twitter) is a more challenging form of the dash, held on Twitter, Facebook and live on Second Life® every Saturday at 1:30 pm PST/4:30 pm EST/9:30 pm GMT.
  • The Piclit Dash (#piclish on Twitter) is a 15-minute free writing exercise inspired by a picture. It’s held on Twitter, Facebook and live on Second Life® every Sunday at 2:30 pm PST/5:30 pm EST/10:30 pm GMT.
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