Grate Righter, Bad Speler Contest 2012

Last year I did the GRATE RIGHTER, BAD SPELER Contest as a sort of joke. It was a joke on me. I was surprised to get such great participation when I expected so little, but it was also a lot of fun.

Now, we are back with the


Grate Righter, Bad Speler-2012
Why would I bother to enter this contest?

  • You are missing that chromosome everyone else possesses and writing is a passion in your life.
  • You’ve got a story to tell and if you don’t get it out, your head might explode – even if it was done with spell-check turned off.
  • You’ve got a sense of humor.

What do I do?

Write a great story, horribly spelled – you know you can do it. If you’re like me, you do it all the time. And there are lots of lovely prizes!

Goal of the contest

Write a complete story in 100 words or less (not including the title), spelled horribly. The worse the spelling, the better, but it has to readable! The story must be complete and contain the five important elements of a short story: character(s), setting, plot, conflict, and theme.

The winners will be the best stories, plagued by crazy-bad misspellings.


1. Story must be complete and less than 100 words (not including the title). Stories over 100 words are automatically disqualified.

2. Story must NOT contain numbers for words, i.e.; ‘”gr8” for “great” or “4” for the word “for” and so on. Use words. Very, very, messed up words.

3. While the story should be rife with misspellings, the judges have to be able to understand it. If it is so badly spelled that it is deemed unintelligible, it will be disqualified.

4. All submissions must include a full mailing address (if you want the prize you might you win).

5. Only one submission per household, please.

6. By entering, you agree and allow your shamefully misspelled submission to be published on You keep the rights to it. I insist.

7. Have fun with it!



1st Place: A new copy of the Writer’s Digest Weekly Planner, spiral-bound hardcover with interior pockets and elastic closure, 256 pages, valued at $14.99.
A new copy of the You Can Write A Novel Kit, valued at $22.99.
A new copy of my anthology, Death Zone and Other Stories by Mitch Lavender, paperback, valued at absolutely priceless (by me).

2nd Place: A copy of Strunk and White’s The Elements of Style (fourth edition, paperback) valued $7.95. This is the authoritative, classic writing style reference. Likely, you need this book. This is my copy from before I bought the hard-cover and e-book versions. In other words, it’s gently, seldom used and has only been thrown against the wall a few times.
A new copy of my anthology, Death Zone and Other Stories by Mitch Lavender, paperback, valued at absolutely priceless (by me).

3rd Place: We acknowledge you and your story. If that was on your bucket list, check it off.
A new copy of my anthology, Death Zone and Other Stories by Mitch Lavender, paperback, valued at absolutely priceless (by me).

I might throw-in some other items for the winners at my discretion. They will be completely random and likely lacking in monetary value.

Contest closes at 12 AM CST on Sunday, June 2, 2012 so hurry up! Turn your spelling checker off now and write! Right liyk teh winde!

Contest Disclaimer (legal crap)

No purchase necessary. One entry per person. Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Entries arriving after the contest ending date will be disqualified. Entries that do not include a mailing address will be disqualified. Contest entrants must be residents of the USA, Canada, England, Australia, Ireland or France.

Mitch Lavender is not responsible for lost, misdirected, or delayed entries. Entries received by telephone, fax, courier, or personal delivery will not be accepted. Personal information submitted will NOT be sold or made available to anyone outside of Life in Sixty-Four Square Feet staff. Prizes are not redeemable in cash and must be accepted as awarded. Decisions of the contest judge(s) are final – no substitutions will be available.


Don’t forget to include your mailing address to receive your valuable prizes, and I wish all participants the very best.

7 thoughts on “Grate Righter, Bad Speler Contest 2012

  1. I didn’t enter this last year as I thought it would be too painful with all that bed spalling – but hey – no pain, no gain, eh!

    I’ll have a go this year…especially since there a three chances to win a copy of your priceless book, Mitch ;]

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  3. Hi Mitch, I haf writen a storeey but sie that i ownlee gete wone gow at et, sow I mite trighe agen and sie iv i cann cum up wit sumfin betterer.

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