Micro-fiction contest and winner announcement

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Welcome to the weekly Micro-fiction Contest in which participants write short stories of 250 words or less.

This is a weekly micro-fiction writing contest with a reward of 2 SBD. If you have participated in the #fiftywords contest in the past, hopefully you'll enjoy the longer runway of 250 words. 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 "sale." 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: Waiting for the Train.)
    • 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 here, and it includes links to all of the 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, @dranuvar and @wems. I really enjoyed all the entries, based on the "train" prompt! For the winning entry of the week, I've chosen Unexpected Consequences, by @blueeyes8960. I don't want to reveal anything in advance, but I will just say it's worth the read because you don't see what's coming.

I've placed the complete story here:

I stood behind my husband in the observation car lost in thought. He was so excited to see the Colorado landscape unfolding outside the window. This was day 2 of our cross country train trip, destination San Francisco.

I had two more days to break the news and change our lives forever. 21 years of marriage to the wrong person had prepared me to fully appreciate what John and I had together now. This trip was in celebration of our five year anniversary.

Back in the summer we’d hit a snag in our perfect marriage. I wish we’d never attended his 20 year class reunion. An old girlfriend was particularly ecstatic to see him and intruded on the entire evening. I was livid with jealousy, feeling out of place and ignored, I left the party.

That next morning John admitted in guilt and contrition that he’d had too much to drink and made a terrible mistake out of anger. He’d had a “quickie” with the woman in the cloak room! He couldn’t look me in the eye, he’d said, and begged forgiveness.

Just a week ago, I received a phone call from that woman. She said she was pregnant and John was the father. Furthermore, a baby didn’t fit into her plans, and she wasn’t planning on keeping it. Did John and I want it?

So, two days to tell him she’ll be meeting us in San Francisco with the paperwork to sign. We’re going to be parents!

Nice work, @blueeyes8960! 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 "sale." I look forward to seeing what you come up with! The deadline is Saturday, February 9th, 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, @direge, @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, @oscarina, @poetrybyjeremy, @purpledaisy57, @preparedwombat, @pyemoney, @pyrowngs, @raj808, @razel, @rokhani, @roxy-cat, @shanedustin, @theironfelix, @thinknzombie, @tristancarax, @tygertyger, @vdux, @wakeupkitty, @wales, @wems, @wordymouth

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Congrats @blueeyes8960!! That was a great twist at the end there!!

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She did great, didn't she?

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Thanks, @jayna!! You are slowly but surely shaping me into the semblance of a writer. If I ever publish anything, you should get a commission! And @mariannewest's freewrites have been a huge help too, getting the creative ball rolling. And they are so much fun!

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Thanks @mariannewest! It was very big of the wife to take on the child to raise, lol. When I first started the story, the "news" that she only had 2 more days to tell, was that she had a fatal illness. But then I decided that was too sad, I didn't want to do it like that. I never know where my fingers are going to take me, lol.

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that is the beauty of writing! First, I thought that she was going to dump him 😄

Hi White List Author!

Thanks for being part of our contest community.

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Thank you, @contestkings! You guys rock.

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Here be me entry for this contest, as I notated in the post: there's one 250-word tasker, 100-word tasker and 50-word tasker and all demarcated clearly. However I like to submit my 250-word tasker as my main entry, the rest is just there for added bonus for the reader's eyes and only belong to this contest post.

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You are are multi-tasker! Ha ha. :-)

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Only doing what I am allowed to do and I thank yah for that:
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Congrats @blueeyes8960 on your great story.
Was it my John? maybe a few years later?

Here I leave you my participation for this week: https://steemit.com/microfiction/@darthgexe/the-sale-micro-fiction-writing-contest

Thank you @jayna! It's fun to see how my story starts out closer to 500 words and then having to pare it down to fit the parameters and still tell the story. Thanks for sponsoring these contests and taking the time to curate all the entries!

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Agreed! It’s a fun challenge. I don’t usually have to cut mine down by half, but yes that would help you determine what is really important in your story.

Well, I think I'm ready for another micro-raid! Thanks, @jayna!

Thanks for running this contest!

Here's my entry for the week.

American Dream

Hello :) this is my first time entering this content, and I am really excited to start doing this regularly. I hope that people like my story.

https://steemit.com/microfiction/@nmcdougal94/microfiction-story-for-the-february-4th-contest-abxpo94t

Sorry duplicated

Here's my piece for this week's prompt (obviously not as a contest entry, but for fun): https://steemit.com/crowdmind/@jayna/thereddress-micro-fiction-rkwsihli54