New 50-Word Short Story CONTEST + Announcements!

in #challenge6 years ago (edited)

Welcome to the 50-Word Short Story challenge (soon to be contest). Each week participants write short stories that are exactly 50-words long. Be sure to read the entries, and if you're so inclined, give it a try.

In this post

In this post you will find:

  • Announcements!
  • Links to all 50-word stories from the previous week's challenge.
  • A few story highlights of the week.
  • A new prompt, along with some important rules for proper use of images.
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Would you believe I have been running this challenge on Steemit for 40 weeks? It's true! And it has been a blast. Each week I've been absolutely amazed by the beautiful writing that comes in the form of 50-word micro-fiction stories.

But it's time for change.

Change is good. It freshens us up. We get out of ruts and get inspired and rejuvenated.

The changes I'm announcing today are to achieve the following:

  • Improve participation
  • Shorten the length of this weekly post (because wow it's long)
  • Reduce the time I spend writing it each week
The last thing is not the biggest reason, but it is important. I love this challenge, and I love the community of people who contribute. I actually don't mind spending the typical 3 hours/week to write it. However, not only am I super busy in real life with a more-than-full-time job, but additionally I am increasing the amount of time I spend on my own fiction writing, and I need to buy back some hours somewhere.

So. Here's what's changing. Starting this coming week (meaning, the moment this post goes out, and going forward):

  • The 50-Word Short Story Challenge will become a contest. For now, there will be one winner who receives 1 SBD as the winner for the week.
  • I will not be listing all of the short stories that were submitted the previous week. To find them, you can go to the prompt post for the week or click the #fiftywords tag.
  • I will not include a list of past participants. People come and go in this little community, which is sad but expected. I will list each of the participants for the previous week as a thank you for taking part that week.
  • I will not include story highlights of the previous week. I know this has been a really nice aspect of this weekly post, but on my part it is somewhat painful. There are so many great stories, and choosing just a few to highlight is very difficult. This is also one of the most time-consuming aspects of running this challenge. (I may reconsider. We'll see. I reserve the right to change any of these proclamations!)
  • I will include tips on how to increase your chances of winning the contest. Also, I will continue to upvote and comment on every single participating post. And I hope that everyone in the #fiftywords community will continue to support each other with upvotes and comments. (To me, the opportunity to test your skills, along with engagement with the community, should be the biggest motivators for participation.)
  • And finally, the mini writing workshop I have been including in this post each week will be moving to a separate post.
The one remaining issue is that I have always participated in the weekly 50-word short story challenge. In fact, that was the original reason I took it on. The previous challenge owner was done with it, and I was really enjoying writing a 50-word story each week, so I continued the challenge.

So, my plan is to continue to write a 50-word short story each week based on the prompt. Maybe I'll use it as an example in the mini workshop post of the week, or I'll just do it for fun. We shall see!

Okay, one last time, let's survey the 50-word stories from last week!

Last week's story collection

I’d like to welcome our newest contributors, @missladybug and @raj808. Thanks for joining the Fifty Worders!

Here is the complete list of stories inspired by last week's “snowflake” prompt. I hope you will read them all:


I am kind of late on this. Will join the contest (yehey) next week but I am here to support so upvoted and resteemed for now

That’s wonderful, @purpledaisy57. Thanks for the support!

My sketchy sketch of Jevil (Deltarune).

- Jester bells -

There goes singing those bells, ringing as the jester skips. Oh can you see the bells dance, as joyous as the jester’s heart. Your ears maybe annoyed of the bells’ ringing, oh how the Jester knows. But lend your ears and hear a joke, then you’ll love those bells too.

Charming! What a fun little drawing, @theironfelix.

UwU ~ Thanks for reading and thanks for the compliments! Had fun making both the 50-worder and drawing.


Haha, I might like the joke but the bells gotta go!

”Just a simple CHAOS!”

Thanks for the feature @jayna. And also for taking you time to run this challenge.
So the contest begins!!!! (Drum rolls)

Yes! Time for new adventures. I’m hoping to up the ante on rewards, but we have to start somewhere. 😊

Thank you for featuring my little piece and well done on the evolution. I'm still wrestling with this week's prompt. I find writing fiction really tricky..

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It is, indeed. The really neat thing is that it gets easier and your writing craft improves the more you write.

Just please publish it on its own, not combined with any other contest.

haha!!! Okay. Will do. I hope @theironfelix and I can bounce back from this. lol

I've got to say I'm glad I got in one editing process with you. That was fun. I hope that you'll offer that again in the future when your time is freed up a little.

Ha ha. Yes, I’m talking to you! Just kidding. It’s really a tip for anyone who stacks multiple works in one post. The combined posts are rather challenging from multiple perspectives. It means when we are looking for specific content, we have to sort and dig to find it. Also, these 50-word stories are fresh and light. If you think you are clicking to open a 50-word short story and find War and Peace instead, it feels like “bait and switch.” 😊

Fair enough. I understand this perspective when reading the freewrites. They are set to a five minute time, but some people go on for so very long. I'll be thinking to myself, "I came here because I want to read things that would take a minute or two to read, not five hour (hyperbole)."

Of course, if the person states they be going on for long right off and the very beginning, I am more understanding.

Yes, exactly. Some of it is a matter of expectation. (One cannot help but think of the Monty Python skit, “I Came Here for an Argument!”) 😊

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@jayna Yay another week of fifty words fiction (: Missed last week's one on snowflakes because I was overseas.

Welcome back!

I can totally understand some adaptations to the concept to give yourself some more writing time.

I managed one that didn't insist on turning into 100 or more. Phew!

There ya go!

It can be very hard to contain the run-away ideas that come up when you sit down to write for a prompt. I’m glad you’re back, @jasminearch!

Congratulations, Jayna, on reworking your challenge into a contest. The changes you are making all sound eminently practical, and I am glad that they will free up your time.

I appreciate the weekly challenge!



Thank you for the support, @creatr! I really enjoy your participation, and I hope you will continue with the challenge in its new form! 😊

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