Nov. 24 2015
What a devilish contest. The annual Fiction 101 Challenge asks entrants to paint a scene or tell a story using no more than 101 words (title not included)
Nov. 26 2014
Usually, the most fantastical stories tend to delight our Fiction 101 judges. But this year, our first-place winner, Christopher Cordry, wrote a story that's all too real
Nov. 27 2013
That was true again this year, when pieces about a public defender for monsters and Twitter in biblical times won first and second place. Third place went to one of the shortest stories we've ever honored...
Nov. 7 2012
The long wait is over-behold the winners of our 10th annual story-story contest
Nov. 9 2011
The bartendress, Shirley, ruled with an iron fist and a lifelong smoker's hack. When she and Jack split, she took the truck and left him the house, unbolting the camper from the truck bed and driving...
Oct. 27 2010
If there's a given, it has nothing to do with death or taxes. No, the surest thing in life is that our annual Fiction 101 contest will draw tales of zombies, domestic murder and bar-stool angst. Our creative...
Oct. 25 2010
CityBeat's editorial team spent hours upon hours judging the nearly 300 submissions to our annual Fiction 101 contest. It left us exhausted. It left us frustrated with one another's tastes. But some of...
Sept. 14 2010
Its' time for CityBeat's eighth-annual Fiction 101 super-short-story contest, our unique way to celebrate excellence in economical creative writing. Here's the deal: You have 101 words to craft a compellingly...
Oct. 13 2009
The winners of our seventh annual super-short-story contest
Dec. 2 2008
Our Fiction 101 contest gets revived and made into a live spoken-word show
Oct. 21 2008
Presenting this year's winners
Oct. 16 2007
The winners of our fifth annual super-short-story contest
Oct. 11 2006
Shocking Tales of Life, Death and Brave Men in Purple Bunny Suits
Oct. 6 2004
Our Second Annual Fiction Contest
Sept. 3 2003
Our Very First Annual Celebration of Very Short Stories


  • Visit one of the 70 participating restaurants, bars, coffeehouses and nightclubs in town on this night and 25 to 50 percent of sales will go to local HIV/AIDS services and prevention programs. 
  • Anthony Bernal and Chris Ward, who are vying to replace Todd Gloria on the San Diego City Council, will discuss urban issues, such as parking, homelessness and new developments
  • The new exhibition designed by Dave Ghilarducci is made from hundreds of rolls of packing tape and bound together by layers of plastic shrink-wrap. Visitors can navigate their way through cocoon-like passageways...
  • The renowned Mexican black and white photographer presents an exhibition exploring the principal themes within three groups: "Bestiarium"," Fantastic Women" and "Silent Natures."
  • Presented by Pacific Arts Movement, the sixth annual mini film fest features 14 film programs from 10 countries that includes everything from docs to romantic tearjerkers. See website for full lineup and...
  • The San Diego County Bike Coalition hosts this monthly bike-in happy hour event to get biking residents involved in their communities and discuss bike projects planned for that specific community
  • Debunk some of the stereotypes surrounding cannibalism at this new exhibition that takes a hands-on approach to the subject. Includes video games and interactive activities where patrons will have to decide...
  • So Say We All's monthly storytelling night features stories about those jobs we took because we had to take a job. Featured readers include Allison Gauss, Annmarie Houghtailing, Cecile Estelle, and more
  • Artists from the all-abstracts group show will talk about their work and techniques. Artists include Edwin Nutting, Danielle Nelisse, Leah Pantea, Lenore Simon, and more
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