Question. Given word count limits placed on submission limitations, where do hyphenated words stand? I have found indications that a hyphenated word counts as one word. Now, that may be all and good but when the hyphenated word comes from joining phrases together becasue I'm (EoS) using a dash when a more common mark of punctuation seems inadequate, and not from the word itself requiring a hyphen, then the word processor thinks it's one word where if I use a comma, it becomes two. With a competition entry and a word limit, a writer could use this tactic and use hyphens as much as possibble to kind of cheat the word count and squeeze more material in. How do the regulators of contests determine where the count is truly at given this hyphen scenario? Example from somethig I'm working with: "He knew the time without looking-every visit felt the same." For sake of solving for X, let's assume this is the phraseology I want to use in the end. I could use a period in the middle, making two sentences. (+1 word) I could use a comma. (+1 word) If I were confused about how to use a hyphen and spaced on either side of the hyphen, the processer wigs out. (+2 words) So, what's the actual official way of counting in this case?