Weekly 50-word short story contest + last week's winner

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Welcome to the 50-word short story contest!

Thank you to all who participated in last week's contest:

@negativer, @thinknzombie, @cizzo, @jasminearch, @niallon11, @emergehealthier, @deirdyweirdy, @bex-dk, @theironfelix, @rokhani, @vdux, @wems, @razel, @iamjadeline, @letalis-laetitia, @felixgarciap, @poetrybyjeremy, @marlyncabrera, @joeylim, @tristancarax, @anixio

The quality of the stories submitted for the "child" prompt was wonderful!

About the contest

In case you're not caught up, #fiftywords used to be "the 50-word short story challenge," but it is now a contest. (See the announcement post.) There is one winner each week, and for the moment, the reward is 1 SBD.

Fifty-word short stories are fun and challenging to write. If you're just trying it out for the first time, welcome to #fiftywords! Here are a few FAQs:

  • Does the story have to be exactly 50 words? Yes, if you want a chance at winning.
  • Are there any other rules? Yes. You must not use images you don't have permission to use. (See the rules below. It's all spelled out, and there are some great image resources for you.)
  • Is it possible to win the contest two weeks in a row? Yes, although it is unlikely, as the sole judge (yours truly) will endeavor to choose a new winner every week. The only reason that would happen would be if there was only one great story, and it was by the previous week's contest winner.

Writing resources

Each week I write a short workshop post about fiction writing: Mini Writing Workshop. The topic for this week is "What prompted that?" I hope you will enjoy the discussion on the use of writing prompts.

Also in the workshop post, you will find links a complete collection of past workshop topics, including workshops on writing 50-word short stories.

Winner the week

There were so many great stories this week! Having read them all through several times, I've chosen @jasminearch's poignant and heartbreaking story, Goodbye, as the winning entry of the week. I will share it here:

Goodbye

"But--"

"No. You've got to go." I looked into her eyes one last time and handed over the bag containing our meager supplies.

Enough for Anna to make it out of the desert. Hopefully.

My hand covered her rounded stomach as we kissed.

"Goodbye, Anna. Take care of our daughter."

The author did an amazing job here of setting the scene, introducing the two characters, and revealing the painful drama. We immediately understand that there are not enough provisions for both of them. The narrator of the story is sacrificing himself to ensure the survival of his wife and unborn child.

It's very challenging to write a complete story in 50 words and bring it to resolution, and this story achieves that perfectly.

Brilliant work, @jasminearch. Your SBD is coming your way!

Thank you again to all participants. I look forward to your continued participation!

New 50-word short story prompt and rules

The new prompt for this coming week is "gift." The deadline is Saturday, December 22nd, with a grace period until the new prompt post is up.

Contest rules

  1. Write a story in exactly 50 words.
  2. Use the #fiftywords tag, and post the link in the comments of this post.
  3. Use only artwork that you have the right to use, and attribute it properly. See "Use of images" below.

Preferably, post your 50-word story in its own post. You can use any posting tool, e.g. 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, strongly 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. And if it's not public domain, under creative commons license, or your own image, be sure to state that you have permission.

Here are some creative commons and public domain image resources:

Increase your chances of winning

Here are some tips for you:

  1. Include a conflict and a resolution in your story. (It's like this: A beautiful day is just a beautiful day. A beautiful day becomes interesting if the mail carrier brings a letter saying the main character's husband has been released from prison. Maybe she hates him, or fears he won't get work. That's conflict. Resolution is when we learn what she decides to do about it.)
  2. Check your story for grammar and punctuation.
  3. Have someone else read it and provide suggestions. You have multiple writing communities available to help you:

Good luck Fifty Worders!

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Ha ha. I see what you did there!

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That happens quite a lot. I try to go looking for them, just in case. But I finally added it to the actual rules to hopefully make sure everyone adds their link to the contest post!

Here is my attempt: Rose for Josie

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Welcome to the 50-word tribe!

Wow. Thank you @jayna!!!
Tips hat to all who participated

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Truly, it was a great week for quality submissions! But yours really shined.

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Congrats to @jasminearch! Glad I got to see it here; I missed it when you posted it!

It is a great story, indeed, @jayna. I've just told its author, @jasminearch, I could see the scene happening before my eyes and that I could listen to the voices. She's done a great job.

"Gift" it is. A Christmas gift, somebody gifted, a divine gift... Let us see what happens next in fifty words! :D

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Yes, there are many opportunities! Thank you for your support and participation.

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I really love the story by @jasminearch. Touching yet it comes with unconditional love.

Congratulations!

And thank you @jayna for hosting the contest.

😊

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Yes, unconditional love is a very good way to put it!

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Yay, another early entry! It really helps to build the momentum!

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Truly thanks to your support with this contest it is important to maintain momentum. Grateful.


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Huge congrats to @jasminearch. Very well deserved win here!

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Thank you, @bex-dk. She really did knock it out of the park, didn’t she?

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Hullo! :) Jumping in quick today, haha! Here's my #fiftywords tale for this week's prompt.
https://steemit.com/@kaelci/escapefiftywords-he3cw4s0bm

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Good job, early bird! 😊

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I apologize for not welcoming you sooner. I’ve had a very busy week. Thank you for participating!

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Yay! Thank you for contributing your entry and helping to kick off the week!

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I was not able to get to your story with the links you provided. Here's the correct link: https://steemit.com/fiftywords/@imaluv54/death-s7ebctko

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Thank you very much for the link @jayna

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Welcome to #fiftywords, @imaluv54.

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{Bit late to the party, sowry.}

- A gifting moment -

"Saddie!~"

"Comin' my Ashuri~"

"Come a lil' closer, Saddie."

"Ashuri, what's it-"

"Surprise!"

"Oj mój Bóg!"

"Try it out, my Saddie~"

"It fits perfectly~"

"Wonderful."

"Hey, turn around~"

"He he he, okay Saddie."

"Now turn around~"

"Hmm?~"

"Open it up."

"Huh! How can I ever-"

"A kiss maybe?~"

"For you!~"

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Aww, this is sweet, @theironfelix. What is it that she tries on?

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UwU ~ Thanks for reading and thanks for the compliments! Well they’re both shes, so I guess I’ll answer it for both their cases; regardless, I answer this q without it really changing a thing of the story (since I did left it in the reader’s head to imagine what both could’ve received). I imagined Saddie would’ve received a new (Polish) headscarf while Ashuri a new red dress. But truly, since I haven’t inked it down here, these two items shouldn’t change a thing within the dialogue. Only give mere hints of a focus; for if one hasn’t written it down, it is implied or truly unstated. Then again, this is what happens when yah come from the philosophical tradition and enter into everything else that indirectly reflects a type of philosophy.

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Hi, Jayna!

I'm back, and (as usual) I'm baaaaad.

Here's what I think may be my first entry in the contest version of your marvelous weekly challenge:

"Just Ducky"


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Cheers, Dear!

😄😇😄

@creatr

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Yay! Welcome to the contest, @creatr!

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Thanks! :D

thanks for the challenge, here's my contribution
A cold smile

Congrats to @jasminearch for a well-deserved win! Here's my entry for "gift". https://steemit.com/fiction/@thinknzombie/holidaybookinga50wordshortstory-sgzftckaa2
Happy holiday season all!

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How great to see you writing again, @jonknight! (Sorry for the delayed response. Such a busy week!)

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Thanks, @jayna--I am a work progressing to a conclusion.