Weekly Micro-fiction Contest: Winner and new prompt

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Welcome to the Micro-fiction Contest in which participants write short stories of 250 words or less, and have a chance to win a reward of 2 SBD. If you have participated in the #fiftywords contest in the past, hopefully you'll enjoy having an additional 200 words to work with. We collaborate with the #freewrite community and @FreeWriteHouse. A thank you to @mariannewest for helping to spread the word! Be sure to check out the weekly prompt, and include that word in your story. For this week the prompt is "beacon." In the rest of this post you will find:

  • An intro to the micro-fiction contest
  • Last week's winner
  • The contest rules
Writing Desk Original image source: Pixabay

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: The Red Dress.)
    • 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 "How do you start a story?", 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: @darthgexe, @wakeupkitty, @blueeyes8960, @wems, @theironfelix, @felixgarciap, @simonpennon, @nmcdougal94, @nocturnus, and @adncabrera. I really enjoyed all the entries, based on the "sale" prompt! For the winning entry of the week, I've chosen Garage Sale, by @adncabrera

Story summary: Garage Sale tells a touching story from the perspective of a little boy whose mother wants to get rid of all the things he doesn't use anymore. But there are things he is not ready to give up, and his tender emotions are challenged by the raid on his things. It's a charming story with a lovely ending.

While I have typically posted the full story here, I'm switching things up because a) I don't want to duplicate the author's content and b) I want you to go to the author's post and give it some love! Please go to the story here and upvote and comment.

Nice work, @adncabrera! 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 "beacon." I look forward to seeing what you come up with! The deadline is Saturday, February 16th, 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, @cizzo, @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, @marie-jay, @marlyncabrera, @marvyinnovation, @michaias, @missladybug, @negativer, @niallon11, @nmcdougal94, @nocturnus, @oscarina, @poetrybyjeremy, @purpledaisy57, @preparedwombat, @pyemoney, @pyrowngs, @raj808, @razel, @rokhani, @roxy-cat, @shanedustin, @simonpennon, @theironfelix, @thinknzombie, @tristancarax, @tygertyger, @vdux, @wakeupkitty@wales, @wems, @wordymouth Animated signature



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Hi @jayna, I'm @checky ! While checking the mentions made in this post I noticed that @direge doesn't exist on Steem. Did you mean to write @dirge ?

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Thank you, dear @checky! Fixed.

I'm glad to be back for this week, and I'm happy to be tagged by you, @jayna. Here is my story (had a lot of fun writing it).

https://steemit.com/microfiction/@tristancarax/sirenum-scopuli

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Great to see you here again, @tristancarax!

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You're right. It's not an easy word! Thank you for joining the contest and rising to the challenge!

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Oh, hooray!! I'm glad you posted it! It's truly amazing.

Here be me entry to this contest here.
Ashuri with Spooky.jpg

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Lovely drawing, @theironfelix!

I've got a beacon attached to my car keys, otherwise I lose them.

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Ha ha. Losing car keys could make for a good story I bet.

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Thank you for joining the contest!

"Misunderstanding"

I look forward to reading the other entries!

Hi White List Author!

Thanks for being part of our contest community.

Here is a 100% upvote from @contestkings

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Thank you, @contestkings!

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Thanks for saying thanks. That is awesome!!

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Thanks for saying thanks for saying thanks! Ha ha. Have a great day.

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Dear @jayna, I greatly appreciate your comment on my story. I am very excited to have this distinction.
This contest is an invitation and a challenge that I have enjoyed a lot. Writing represents for my life a way of extending a gratifying veil over a hard everyday life and, at the same time, learn. Those who organize contests at Steemit are creating food for creation, and we writers appreciate that.
I'm already sharpening my pencil for the next edition! :D

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Thank you for sharing that, @adncabrera. It's wonderful to hear the perspective of another writer, and what brings you to this craft.

Writing represents for my life a way of extending a gratifying veil over a hard everyday life and, at the same time, learn.

That's beautiful. Keep writing!

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Hey @jayna! My fog piece is done (':
Thanks for facilitating the workshop just now - got the inspiration to continue editing from there (:
https://steemit.com/microfiction/@joeylim/love-like-fire-both-dead-and-alive-or-microfiction-9daf2634d34f2

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Oh hooray! It was great fun connecting with you in the workshop. I'm so glad you were inspired! Off to read the final version.... Thank you for participating in the contest!

Hi friends! Thank you to everyone who submitted a micro-fiction story this week. I'll be posting the winner first thing tomorrow. It's Sunday, which is "grace period" day. That means if you have a story you want to post, you still have time.

I wrote a piece for the prompt for fun, as I always do. Here's my micro-fiction story on the word "beacon": https://steemit.com/fiction/@jayna/landscapeinmotion-micro-fiction-boy3i5wnz0.