50-word story challenge - week in review and new prompt

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Welcome to the 50-word challenge, a weekly opportunity to tell a story in just 50 words. In this post I will provide links to the full collection from last week, and highlight a few particularly awesome stories. And then I'll launch a new prompt.

My week was crazy. Normally I try to post a short story or blog post along with my #fiftywords piece, but this last week I was in San Diego for a conference, which kept me going all day from 6:30 a.m. until 10 p.m. each night.

However, one fun thing that happened was that I wrote my 50-word story early in the week, then @negativer wrote a sequel, and I wrote another story to follow his. Here’s the serial drama (so far):
Part 1: Lost, by @jayna
Part 2: Searchlight, by @negativer
Part 3: Light in the woods, by @jayna

So in other words, you can get creative with your #fiftywords posts. Write a series, if you like. A few people have done that. Or tag-team with another Fifty Worder. (And in case I haven't mentioned it recently, there is no limit on how many stories you can write. We have had people write two or three for one prompt.)

Okay, let's survey the week in #fiftywords!

(Image credit: Original image by pixel2013, Pixabay)

Last week's 50-word stories

First, a hearty welcome to new members, @vdux and @alexandered!

Last week's prompt was “light.”

Here is the complete list of stories inspired by the “light” prompt:

If I missed yours, please let me know and I will add it! I always try my best to list them all, but I do occasionally miss one somehow.

Highlights of the week

This part of the weekly post is getting harder and harder to do, because you guys are getting better and better at writing fantastic stories in 50 words! Usually I try to pick 3 to 5 great stories. Last week and this week I’ve selected 6, and there were many more that deserve kudos.

Here are just six of the stories that I thought were particularly awesome:

Thunder, by @carn

This story is accompanied by a rather startling image of a nuclear blast.

Light flashed through the window.
The child slid under the covers, anticipating what came next.
Thunder crashed.
The girl jumped out of bed and ran to her mother.
The mother hugged her daughter tight as they stared at the pillar of smoke rising into the air and obscuring the sunrise.

Facing the Storm, by @alheath

The author delivers a dark thriller in a mere 50 words.

Harry watched as the windows rattled. Thunder and lightning crashed as the rain beat down. Aside from the flashes, it was pitch black outside.
But the next flash of light made Harry jump back.
A face was at the window. It leered at Harry with a crooked smile.

Swept by Eternity, by @kaelci

A most captivating poem….

Deep in dreams
Nourished by water, cleansed by streams
Time no longer holds meaning.

The light on my face darkens
Clouds drift across the sun... or is it the moon?
A sky I can no longer admire.

Swept by eternity
The heavens are mine no longer
Deep in dreams, forever.

Prometheus, by @anikekirsten

Anike revisits the story of the mythological Prometheus.

Darkness crept from all corners, engulfing the world. For centuries we roamed the wastelands—trying to stay alive. Hope for our children was a dream. A nightmare. They died in our arms, before their time. Until the day a ball of fire fell from the sky.
Then there was light.

Break away, by @jadams2k18

That moment when a newborn baby experiences life’s first loss….

The beats of your heart became a melodic rhythm, they lulled me every day and every night, I wrapped myself protected inside you, nine months being two we were one. The light showed me a new beginning, no more darkness; I broke into tears when we separated from each other.

Genesis, by @creatr

This poem speaks for itself.

Heaven, done.
Earth: begun.
Stars? None.
No sun.

Empty, shapeless
Darkness deep.
God observing
From his keep.
Occult shadow,
Naught to see.
Nary glimmer,
Sky or sea.
Deepest blackness,
Jet, obscure.
Crucial lack
Without a cure?

Breath, on water hovering,
Palpably uncovering,
One Word,
Day discovering.


Let it be.

Amazing job, everyone!

This week's 50-word story prompt

The prompt for this week is “sea.” Let’s see what you come up with, Fifty Worders!


Please review carefully. Images must follow the Proper use of images guidelines below.

  1. Write a story in 50 words. (It's especially cool if you can hit 50 words exactly!)
  2. Use the #fiftywords tag, and post the link in the comments of this post.
  3. Be sure to read and upvote the work of the other participants. It's all about community!
  4. Use only artwork that you have the right to use, and attribute it properly. See the following guidelines.

Proper use of images

Proper use of images means one of the following:

  1. The image is public domain, or under creative commons licensing rules.
  2. It is your own image.
  3. If it is not one of the above, you must have actual permission.

Be sure to properly attribute the image’s source or mention that the image is yours. And if it's not public domain, under creative commons license, or your own image, be sure to state that you have permission.

I have two resources for you, from my friends at @thewritersblock:

And speaking of @thewritersblock, if you would like editing help for your stories before posting them, follow #thewritersblock tag to find them on Discord.

Deadline for this week: Saturday, June 16th.

The 50-word story clan

I'm mentioning you here if have participated in the #fiftywords short story challenge in the past. Please let me know if you would like your tag removed in this or future posts. (Note that I am starting to reduce the list. Those who have not participated for a long time or are not active on Steemit will eventually drop from the mentions.)

@ablaze, @adigitalife, @aggroed, @agmoore, @ahmadmanga, @akdx, @aksounder, @alheath, @anikekirsten, @anixio
@beginningtoend, @botefarm @brandonsadventur, @bryarose23
@caleblailmusik, @carn, @cheekah, @cizzo, @clacrax, @creatr
@damianjayclay, @deirdyweirdy, @desmoniac, @diebitch, @dirge, @divineinyang, @donnest, @douglasbalmain
@eaglespirit, @elementm, @emwalker, @enjar, @eroticabian, @esttyb, @evgsk
@feebie, @felt.buzz, @ficciones, @fitinfun, @foxfiction, @foxyspirit
@galactichunter, @girlbeforemirror, @godwine
@iamthegray, @ilt-yodith, @intheory, @isa93, @isufbakaj
@jadams2k18, @janine-ariane, @jakeybrown, @jayna, @jonknight, @josecarrasquero
@kaelci, @kally, @kimberlylane, @kingernie, @ktfabler
@ldacey-laforge, @lightoj, @lucylin, @luiskrupaz
@Mammasitta, @marie-jay, @mark-dahl, @mgaft1, @mikesthoughts, @mineopoly, @miniature-tiger, @mizdais, @momzillanc, @mydivathings
@naquoya, @naso, @navaneeth, @negativer, @niallon11
@paintingangels, @phillyc, @photovitamin, @pixiehunter, @poeticnest, @preparedwombat, @prydefoltz, @puppetmaster1111, @purpledaisy57, @pyrowngs
@ravencorinn, @rodrigocabrera
@sciencevienna, @sharoonyasir, @spalatino, @sue-stevenson, @sukhasanasister
@tanglebranch, @thatlovechild, @theblackcrow, @theironfelix, @therosepatch, @tiatu, @tony-duke, @tuwore, @tygertyger
@vaitelavicius, @vivek-g
@wa2qr, @wales, @whitewizard, @wordsalmighty, @wylde

About the 50-word challenge

This weekly 50-word challenge starts off each Sunday with a one-word prompt. Participants use the prompt to create a micro-fiction story in just 50 words. For more info and inspiration: check out the recent post about this project, Fifty-word challenge: FAQs, ideas, motivation and showcase.

This is a continuation of the #fiftywords challenge started by @miniature-tiger who has been developing a seafaring strategy game called Archipelago for the Utopian.io open source community. Visit the linked post for the latest update.

Thanks so much for reading! If you haven’t yet written a story in 50 words, try it. It's a really amazing challenge to see what can unfold in a mere 50 words!


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Hi @jayna, I have a submission for your challenge.



Thank you so much for joining us, @whitelite!


Thank-you @jayna, You're most welcome. I've truly enjoyed the challenge, and look forward to participating some more.

Here is my entry as well!


Love it!


The very awesome Dragon Egg saga!

The stargazin’ pirate crew be sailin’ them Seven Seas soon! Maybe even tomorrow!


Ha ha! Lookin’ forward to it, matey!


Ha hargh! (Because I did it for yargh: ha har, not ha harg.)


Oh yes. Ha harg would be going too far (not farg)!


Yargh! Now yer gettin’ it! Yah will a pirate soon lass!

I always forget to add the links to my own 50-word stories! Here are the two I wrote this week for the "sea" theme:


Yay, you’re back! I missed your stories!


I never really left. I was just skulking in the shadows.


Ha ha ha. Skulking is officially my new favorite word.


Fantastic, I'm a champion skulker, or so I'm told, so if you need any tips......


Thank you for contributing to the "sea" theme!


This is an excellent awareness post!

I did it! Read it here:


Thank you for the writing prompts! Perfect length -- a challenge but not too hard or too consuming.

Nice... 'Sea'. Let's see what I can come up with.


When I saw the "prompt", I just couldn't resist, although it's my very first try ))



I love short fiction. It is such a challenge. I have written an entry



Welcome to the 50-word challenge!


Oh, that is a classic, @luiskrupaz!

Well, here's mine! :D

Thanks for the prompt!


Oh hey. Welcome back, @vaitelavicius! Thank you for your sea story.


Thank you. Yes, there is so much one can do with the sea!


Quite stark indeed! And that's a perfect image for your story.

E’erybody, we’re back again. Th’ scallywaggas o’ th’ Seven Seas set sail and recite their main shanty! So set sail with us, swashbucklas!

I've been wanting to do this for a while, so I took the leap...



Welcome to Fifty Words!


Thank-you, I appreciate the welcome :)


As my mom likes to say: Más rápido que inmediatamente! or 'faster than immediately' :D


So glad you have joined the 50-words clan!!

My Atlantean entry for this week. Seem to be on a mythology roll lately...


I love the mythology track you're on! Such fun.


Thanks so much for being a regular contributor to 50-words, @cizzo!


I've really enjoyed the recent prompts @jayna :)


They have certainly sparked some amazing creativity!


Welcome to 50-words! Your story is very nice!!


Thank you!!

Yay I finally got to write another one, woop woop!


Thank you again for this opportunity. I am now off to check out the other stories.


Thanks for being a member of the 50-word clan!


I'm loving it ^_^, there are very talented people coming up with great stories!


Yay -- under the wire! :-)

This comes with apologies, as you have so many to entries, and my heart is the wrong place for writing today, but this prompt kind of struck me, so here it is. I do not know what possessed me to include a poem, I can't take a hint and move on from poetry, I will get there.

Anyway, thank you very much for the practise


Welcome! Poems are just fine. We have quite a few people who like to write 50-word stories in poetry form.


I did see some fantastic poetic entries to the last round in the post, you do have some great poets!

It is more I need to take on board feedback and change my poetry style, sometimes I can't resist writing them even though I know I shouldn't. There is a story in there as well for my actual entry, I need to stop trying with the poetry until I can face how much I need to change, I am finding it so hard to move away from my style :)


Hmm. I am wondering why you are trying to resist writing poems, and why you have to move away from your style, @calluna. If you mean you have received great editorial feedback, and you want to use it to improve the quality of your work, that's great. But I hope you aren't trying to be something you aren't!


I have had some great editorial feedback, but it does require a decent change in style not to rhyme or use the alliterative imagery, then again, I do like a challenge, I have a really old poem that I wrote that is like that, so I just need to find that vibe again. I am aimed for more objectively good, and in some ways it is trying to be something I am not, but only by pushing my edges will I ever know where they are :)

Also thank you, I was really down last week and just bleh, so yeah, thank you