Definitions for drabbleˈdræb əl
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to draggle; to wet and befoul by draggling; as, to drabble a gown or cloak
to fish with a long line and rod; as, to drabble for barbels
Origin: [.See Drab, Draff.]
A drabble is an extremely short work of fiction of exactly one hundred words in length, not necessarily including the title. The purpose of the drabble is brevity, testing the author's ability to express interesting and meaningful ideas in an extremely confined space. The concept is said to have originated in UK science fiction fandom in the 1980s; the 100-word format was established by the Birmingham University SF Society, taking a term from Monty Python's 1971 Big Red Book. In the book, "Drabble" was described as a word game where the first participant to write a novel was the winner. In order to make the game possible in the real world, it was agreed that 100 words would suffice. In drabble contests, participants are given a theme and a certain amount of time to write. Drabble contests, and drabbles in general, are popular in science fiction fandom and in fan fiction. Beccon Publications published three volumes, "The Drabble Project" and "Drabble II: Double Century", both edited by Rob Meades and David Wake, and "Drabble Who", edited by David J. Howe and David Wake.
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