Micro-fiction contest winner and prompt for the week

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Welcome to the Micro-fiction Contest! In this weekly challenge, participants write short stories of 250 words or less, and the winning entry earns 2 SBD. If you're familiar with the #fiftywords contest, this is the next generation. You now have an additional 200 words to work with.

We collaborate with the #freewrite community and @FreeWriteHouse to give writers an opportunity to polish those freewrite pieces and re-post the refined version. A thank you to @mariannewest for helping to spread the word! Contest entrants, be sure to review the rules below and include the weekly prompt word in your story. The word this week is "stitch."

In the rest of this post you will find:

  • An intro to the micro-fiction contest
  • Last week's winner
  • The contest rules
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About the micro-fiction contest

Micro-fiction short stories are fun to write, and they stretch your skills. The challenge is to write a complete story within a tight word limit. If you're just trying it out for the first time, welcome! Here are a few FAQs:

  • Why participate? Because it's an interesting challenge, and a really great way to hone your fiction writing and editing skills. Oh, and it gives you something to post weekly.
  • What makes a great micro-fiction story? As we all know, critique of the arts is subjective. That said, I have a few metrics for choosing the best entry:
    • Is the story well-written and edited? (A compelling story line, and no spelling or punctuation errors.)
    • Does it have the elements of a story? For example, a true story must have a conflict of some kind. It could be a conflict between people, an inner conflict or deep desire of a character, or a big challenge such as an oncoming storm. And there must be a resolution to the conflict. For example, the character might walk away from the conflict or breathe a sigh of relief. (Need an example? My latest one is here: Fear of Heights.)
    • Is the story satisfying to read? Remember you are writing for readers. The story must have interesting character(s) and story elements.
  • What else do I need to know?
    • See the rules below. There are just a few of them, especially around use of images, and there are some great image resources for you.
    • Note also that the deadline isn't as firm as a lot of contests. It's always on a Saturday, but as long as your entry comes in before the next prompt post comes out (usually late Sunday or early Monday), it's fine.

Writing resources

If you are not sure how to write a compelling story, see my weekly mini writing workshop (tagged #writingworkshop). The latest post is "Can you write if you don't have time?" and it includes links to all of the workshop posts. You can also have someone else read your story and help with your storyline, grammar and punctuation. There are multiple Steem writing communities to help you:

Last week's winning entry

Thank you to everyone who participated in last week's contest: @felixgarciap, @emergehealthier, @tristancarax, @theironfelix, @jadams2k18, @chrisbarth, @sevendust04, @cloudblade, @stever82 and @nocturnus. Great work, everyone!

I've chosen Too Late, by newcomer @sevendust04. Story summary (no spoilers): Two people eagerly await the results of a pregnancy test. What happens is quite powerful. Please go read the full story and give it some love. Nice work, @sevendust04! Your reward is on the way. Thank you again to all participants. Your work is always a joy to read!

New micro-fiction short story prompt and rules

The new prompt for this coming week is "stitch." I look forward to seeing what you come up with! The deadline is Saturday, March 2nd, with a grace period until the new contest post is up.

Contest rules

  1. Write a micro-fiction story in 250 words or less and post it to your blog, then provide a link to the story in the comments. Please do not post your story in the comments!
  2. Use only artwork that you have the right to use, and attribute it properly. See "Use of images" below.
  3. Use the #microfiction tag. If you would like to write your story to exactly 50 words or 100 words, feel free to use the #fiftywords or #100words tag, as appropriate. And finally, #flashfiction is a great tag as well.

You can use any posting tool, e.g. Steemit, Busy, Partiko, or Steampeak. Just please publish it on its own, not combined with any other contest.

Note that you are not required to upvote or resteem this post, nor are you required to support other participants. Entries will be judged on merit only. But active community participation and support of your fellow writers is, of course, highly encouraged.

Use of images

You are welcome to illustrate your story with an image, as long as you have the right to use it. One of the following must be true:

  1. The image is public domain, or under creative commons licensing. See the resource links below.
  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.

Here are some creative commons and public domain image resources:

Good luck micro-fiction writers!

Invitation to current and past participants

If you are active on Steem and have participated in past #fiftywords and #microfiction challenges. I invite you to jump in and be a part of this weekly micro-fiction contest. If you prefer not to be tagged in my weekly post, please let me know! @ablaze, @adncabrera, @ahmadmanga, @anixio, @barski, @bimjer, @blueeyes8960@blueteddy, @bex-dk, @bimjer, @botefarm, @caleblailmusik, @calluna, @cheekah, @chrisbarth, @cizzo, @cloudblade, @creatr, @darthgexe, @deemarshall, @deirdyweirdy, @diebitch, @dirge, @dranuvar, @ducksaplenty, @eaglespirit, @elbrujo, @emergehealthier, @enjar, @felixgarciap, @gaby-crb, @galatichunter @gmatthe2, @goastrighter, @hlezama, @imaluv54, @iamjadeline, @intothewild, @jadams2k18, @jasminearch, @joeylim, @jonknight@kaelci, @letalis-laetitia@manoldonchev, @maparari, @marie-jay, @marlyncabrera, @marvyinnovation, @michaias, @missladybug, @negativer, @niallon11, @nmcdougal94, @nocturnus, @oscarina, @poetrybyjeremy, @purpledaisy57, @preparedwombat, @pyemoney, @pyrowngs, @raj808, @razel, @rokhani, @roxy-cat, @sevendust04, @shanedustin, @simonpennon, @theironfelix, @thinknzombie, @tristancarax, @tygertyger, @vdux, @wakeupkitty, @wales, @wems, @wordymouth Animated signature

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Here be me entry for this contest here.
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I love the little rider on the broom! 😊

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Ashuri/Ashley is such a cootie-patootie!

well I hope I can get back to this I love doing the 50 word so this will be a challenge

I hope you can too, @purpledaisy57. I know you have been very busy!

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does it have to be only 250 words and not more?

Yes, my dear. 250 words is the maximum for this contest. 😊

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Hereby my entry in 50 words exactly https://partiko.app/@wakeupkitty/turbotale-skinny-thing-2b2doivs, good luck to everyone and congratulations to the winners

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Thank you for joining the contest!

Hi @jayna. The prompt word really spoke to me so I took a crack at 250 words exactly. I hope you enjoy :)... Fair warning, this is crime fiction so there is moderate swearing ;-)


P.s. if you want to hear the music I was listening that inspired this gangster style story check out this YouTube mix. It really put me in the London mindset:

So glad you entered, @raj808! I'm a bit behind on reading stories and have to pause because I used up my allotted voting power for today, but I will be catching up on my reading now that the weekend is here.

I'm glad I entered Jayna. I do look at the prompt every week but only enter when the prompt gives me that spark of inspiration. You know the feeling; when the plot, characters and style are just right there in your head from the prompt word. It is a fantastic feeling lol

I guess that it would happen a lot more if I wrote fiction more but at the moment I have to go with the flashes of inspiration, as to try and force it exhausts me right now. I love writing fiction, pretty much above all else, but it really knocks me for six at the moment.

I hope you enjoy the gangster vibes :-)

Hi @wordymouth
I do not know if I would be able to write a story so condensed in a few lines, that it is complete in its brevity and capable of transmitting so many emotions. I went to see the contest to which you referred and I found it very interesting, maybe sooner or later I will challenge my synthetic skills (normally I'm talkative, not so much to talk, but in writing!). Congratulations and Thanks for sharing with us!

Oh I hope you try it. It's such a fun challenge. I write a story that is exactly 250 words each week, and it really helps me to think about the words I need and don't need, and how to write in the most concise and impactful way.

Wow, @Jayna! Thank you for selecting my story. I wasn't expecting that. And thanks for the contest award! Every little bit makes a huge difference when you're first starting out here.

Yes, it certainly does! I hope you keep blogging, writing fiction, and entering contests!

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hi, I would love to join your contest. I made some short stories and had in wattpad. I posted it before.


I was wondering if what should be my course of action, should I just create another post about this? or should I continue the rest of the story? thanks a lot!

Hi @cairi. It's fine to enter your story. The idea of the contest is for the stories to include the prompt word, or at least be inspired by it. In this case the word is "stitch." But it's fine for this time. I'm glad you joined the contest!

Aha! I think i got the idea now about the mechanics. Ill get ready for the next prompt word. Thanks a lot!

Great! Watch for the new prompt tomorrow.

Hi @chrisbarth, did you have a story link you meant to drop in here?

Can I do that today? If I'm toooo late, I don't mind waiting for the next contest.

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Hi @chrisbarth, the new prompt will be out in an hour. I’d wait. 😁

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Then IG I'll have to wait for the new prompt. Thanks a lot a lot

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