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Prompts will remind you of an interesting or funny story. Share your experience! Have fun reading and joining in the conversation!

Weekly Contest Entry Guidelines:

1) Check out the weekly prompt displayed every Monday on the home page.

2) Write up a short anecdote (350 words or less) and send it through the contact form (on our “contact us” page) by Friday of that week.

3) Look for your story and others posted each Saturday.*

4) Earn points to win and redeem prizes (like the arcade or playing Quidditch):

  • 10 points for any published story submissions (daily)
  • 25 points for featured stories (weekly)
  • 50 points for category winning stories (monthly)

1,000 pts = 1st prize, 500 points = 2nd prize, 250 points = 3rd prize

NOTE: Points cannot be redeemed toward more than one prize at a time. Winners will be rewarded 3rd, 2nd, and then 1st place prizes, respectively.

*Point earnings will be listed on the points page of this website. Anecdoting will pick a favorite story to highlight as a feature on the front page from each week.** Winners will be announced on the Anecdoting.com Facebook page.

**Go the extra mile and feature stories you “like” most by sharing anecdotes on your social media. (Stories are conversational openers. You’ll be surprised how many of your friends have similar fun stories to share with you).

Official Rules:

This is a family friendly site. There are some essential rules we will use to determine if your story is worthy of anecdoting.com:

1) Keep it clean and fun for everyone.

2) Submit your story in 350 words or less (longer tales may or may not qualify at the editor’s discretion).

3) Fill in your screen name, story prompt used, a short title, and your anecdoting story. (These fields make your story searchable and shareable).

4) Allow us to edit minor grammatical errors.

(Additional Notes: we will likely use your e-mail address to notify you of upcoming prompts as well as promotions. Yes, you may opt out at any time).

(We expect you to be above 12 years of age to read and/or contribute and therefore you must have the permission of an adult to participate in any way).

(We reserve all rights to publish your tale, or not, and allow others to share your content, asking that they credit anecdoting.com with their find).

Terms of Use:

The Website is not responsible for the content of linked sites. We periodically monetize outbound product links.

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  1. Your personal information. We do not sell or give out your personal information, such as an email address, or any other solicitable information to 3rd parties, although we will attribute your work by use of your name and city to uniquely identify posts you contribute. If you create a story that is used on the Website, you are responsible for the content of your story. By sharing on our Website you share your copyright of that material for any and all use of WritCreate, LLC.
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Change log:

  • July 7, 2009: Added “not pornographic” to paragraph 2 “Responsibility of Contributors”.
  • December 18, 2010: Added automatic renewal section to paragraph 3 “Payment and Renewal”.
  • February 1, 2011: Clarified procedure regarding termination of repeat infringers in paragraph 7.
  • April 27, 2011: Added “Advertisements” paragraph to clarify our ad policy.
  • May 17, 2011: Added “Friends of WordPress.com Themes” paragraph.
  • September 9, 2011: Added “Domain Names” paragraph.
  • October 17, 2011: Added “Firehose” paragraph.
  • March 6, 2012: Clarified definition of Website with addition of “Jetpack by WordPress.com”.
  • April 6, 2012: Added “Attribution” paragraph to clarify our attribution policy.
  • November 12, 2012: Replaced VIP Services terms and conditions with cross references to VIP Hosting/Support and VIP Support services terms and conditions, located at vip.wordpress.com; removed “towards individuals or entities” from prohibition against threats of violence in Section 2.
  • June 12, 2013: Edited “Attribution” paragraph to specify that footer credits and the WordPress.com toolbar may not be altered.
  • July 3, 2014: Elaborated on licensing with regards to Firehose, clarified our impersonation policy, added reblogging language, and removed our right to unilaterally change the Terms of Service.
  • July 15, 2014: Added “Translation” section.
  • September 2, 2014: Removed old non-retina Creative Commons graphic, added a link instead. Made this list bullets. Linked ad policy in April 27 changelog bullet.
  • October 8, 2014: Added “Google Apps” Section.