Some writers have emailed asking if we had a rule at 42 Stories Anthology that hyphens counted as words.
This is not a case of "rules." Hyphens change your word count.
You can send a story that you counted by hand that's 42 words with a 42-character title and 42 word 3rd-person bio, but you didn't use wordcounter.net as we recommend and your numbers come out off.
Simple solution: Use wordcounter.net as recommended and don't count by hand.
Maybe you're wondering "Why?"
No one wants to count 42 words out of thousands of stories by hand, so we use wordcounter.net.
For the title, wordcounter.net counts spaces between, after, and before as characters. Please keep that in mind with titles.
Why are some hand-counted word counts and the generators sometimes counting differently?
Look at this sentence written three ways:
Wordcounter.net recognizes the dash is not a word, so if you used Microsoft Word instead, our counts will not match. Wordcounter.net is more accurate, so we use this site instead of Microsoft Word
Below is a separated em-dash for a pause, which is what writers should use for pauses. Notice the counter on Microsoft Word recognizes that the em-dash is not a word. Microsoft Word counts the hyphen as a word and not an em-dash, because the hyphen is placed in the sentence incorrectly and the software doesn't recognize it.
Stories needed: 285 to complete the anthology