Fifty word challenge results and new writing prompt!

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What a week! The #fiftywords community soared to new heights with some powerful stories that made my jaw drop. This post shares the highlights of the week and provides a new prompt for the week ahead.

What is the 50-words challenge all about?

This is a weekly challenge that starts with a one-word prompt. The challenge is to write a flash fiction (aka "micro fiction") story in 50 words, based on the prompt.

We are continuing the #fiftywords story challenge launched by @miniature-tiger who has been developing a seafaring strategy game called Archipelago for the open source community. And I see a message in the linked post that it has been approved. Congratulations, @miniature-tiger!

(Image credit: Original image by pixel2013, Pixabay)

Last week's 50-word wonders

I love prompt words that can be interpreted multiple ways. Last week's prompt was field, and I had no idea what people would come up with. We had fields of battle, sports fields, fields of vision, fairy fields, women dancing naked in fields, fields on remote planets, and more.

I know, I know… I said I was only going to mention the top pick each week. But I just have to list them all, at least for now. (On average, we have about 20-25 stories come in each week, so that’s manageable.) And here are last week's masterpieces:

Fantastic work, everyone!

A note on comments and community

I want to commend everyone who read and commented on other people's stories. You guys rock! Everyone wants acknowledgement for their efforts, and you guys have been great at supporting one another with upvotes and comments. It's wonderful to see some of the comment streams take on a life of their own. For example, here are a few posts that launched lengthy conversations:

The #fiftywords shining star(s) of the week

This part gives me fits each week, and with so many excellent entries, I just couldn’t decide on a top entry. This week, the “shining star” spot is shared by three authors who all wrote stories on themes of war. While this is not perhaps my favorite topic, what amazed me about all three of these stories is the depth of meaning they achieved and the powerful way in which they showed mastery with their word choices.

This week’s top picks:

It is incredibly difficult to convey an entire story in 50 words. These three stories demonstrate that it can be done, and that the result can be absolutely stunning.

Well done, guys!

This week's 50-word story prompt

The prompt for this week is “lens.” Let’s see where your imagination takes you, #fiftywords friends!


Please review carefully. Images must not be pulled from any Internet site.

  1. Write a story in 50 words. (It's especially cool if you can hit 50 words exactly!)
  2. Use the #fiftywords tag, and post the link in the comments of this post.
  3. Be sure to read and upvote the work of the other participants. It's all about community!
  4. Use only artwork that you have the right to use, and attribute it properly. See the “Proper use of images” topic below.

Proper use of images

Proper use of images means one of the following:

  1. It is your image.
  2. The image is public domain, or under creative commons licensing rules.
  3. If it is not one of the above, you have actual permission.

Be sure to mention that the image is yours, or attribute its source. And if it's not public domain or creative license, be sure to state that you have permission.

I have two resources for you, from my friends at @thewritersblock:

And speaking of #thewritersblock, if you would like editing help for your stories before posting them, follow the tag to find them on Discord.

Deadline for this week: Saturday, April 22nd

Have fun!

The 50-word story clan

I'm mentioning you here if have participated in the #fiftywords short story challenge in the past. Please let me know if you would like your tag removed in this or future posts. (And psst, I am starting to reduce the list. Those who have not participated for a long time or are not active on Steemit will eventually drop from the mentions.)

@ablaze, @adigitalife, @agmoore, @ahmadmanga, @aksounder, @alheath, @andyartland, @anixio, @anjkara, @awhsarada
@beginningtoend, @bentheredonethat, @bhop42moro, @bitsendpieces, @botefarm @brandonsadventur, @bryarose23
@caleblailmusik, @carlosparejo, @carn, @charlesmackenzie, @cizzo, @clacrax, @creatr
@damianjayclay, @deirdyweirdy, @diebitch, @dinavice, @dirge, @divineinyang, @douglasbalmain, @ducksaplenty
@eaglespirit, @ebitularmbert, @elementm, @emwalker, @enjar, @eroticabian
@feebie,, @ficciones, @fireawaymarmot, @fitinfun, @freewheel
@iamthegray, @ilt-yodith, @isa93
@jadams2k18, @janine-ariane, @jakeybrown, @jayna, @josecarrasquero, @joyyrush
@kaelci, @kainos-success, @kamalkennedy, @kingernie, @ktfabler
@ldacey-laforge, @luiskrupaz @lonestarpoet, @loraine, @lucylin
@Mammasitta, @marie-jay, @mark-dahl, @metzli, @mikesthoughts, @mineopoly, @miniature-tiger, @momzillanc, @mydivathings
@naquoya, @naso, @navaneeth, @negativer, @niallon11, @nicolexu1337
@paintingangels, @photovitamin, @pixiehunter, @poeticnest, @preparedwombat, @prydefoltz, @purpledaisy57, @pyrowngs
@saoirseronan, @sciencevienna, @sharoonyasir, @skoolielove, @spalatino, @stayoutofherz, @steemitdiversify, @sukhasanasister, @superjongky
@tanglebranch, @thatlovechild, @theblackcrow, @therosepatch, @tiatu, @tibra, @tin-tin, @tony-duke, @tygertyger
@udayakumarage, @upen-srv
@vaitelavicius, @vivek-g
@whitewizard, @wilfredn, @wordsalmighty, @wylde
@yimiipsa, @yomibolo

Thank you to all participants!


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Thanks for the top-3 shoutout @jayna!

The fact that all 3 of those relate to war/battle may be a nod to our current events. I can't speak for everyone, but the threat of fighting and war is more in the forefront of our minds now than it has been in a long time.

I absolutely agree. It’s a tumultuous time in world history. I think we turn to fiction both for an escape and to find a way to make sense of various things that grip us (among other reasons). I am amazed by the frightening nature of some of the fiction work that is being produced right now, even in little 50-word stories.

Hello fiftyworders!
Here is my entry as well.
Hope you'll like it!

Thank you for being a consistent contributor, @anixio!

I'm so glad you have joined the #fiftywords clan, @kimberlylane!

I'm so glad you've joined the 50-word tribe, @cheekah!

Thank you @jayna. I could not resist.

Truly! Where does the time go?

I hope that's a rhetorical question;)

No I’m really looking for it. Tell me if you see it anywhere, will you? 😊

Hahaha, no I won't. I'll keep it to meself!

Can’t say as I blame you. It’s a hot commodity!

Welcome to the 50-word challenge! I look forward to reading your story.


Thank you. I had fun writing it. It was the first time I ever took a challenge like this and it more challenging than I anticipated, so many things I needed to say in such few words, but I loved it. Great exercise for the mind to spark creativity. Love it.

Not late at all. Just in time! Thanks for helping to continue the tradition!

Thanks for participating in the #fiftywords challenge!

Thanks for being a 50-worder, @iamthegray!

Thanks for helping to make #fiftywords a happening place!

Great story my friend!

Great! Glad you are participating again this week!

Hi @jayna. I’m honored to have been listed as part of the pieces worthy of mention, thank you! Here’s my entry for this week

Thanks so much for your entry, @thatlovechild!

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Great! I’m glad you came back for another week of 50-word fun.

I'm glad too :) :)

Here is my entry this round.

Thank you for the challenge.

Addictive, isn’t it? 😊

It really is. I'm so glad I found your challenge!

Hullo! :) Here is my entry for this week ~

(running with my story from last week - enjoying it so far!)

Hooray! Welcome back!

Well done everyone! I'm gonna try to join in on this one, as I've missed the last few.

Yay, Rose! I look forward to it.

First one through the gate! Thanks for starting us off!

Wow!! Just noticed I was a top pick last week, thanks a lot!! Hmmm... the next word is "Lens" huh? that can be used for many things (as usual.)

Ha ha, yes that is my evil plan! I hope you'll join us again this coming week!

I wish I took part for "Lens," I had few ideas but the week ended before I decided on one... Haha!!

So many challenges... so little time. :-)

At last, I got my own 50-word story done for this prompt!

Hello 50-worders! It's catch-up day today. I will be reading any stories I missed this week. (Crazy crazy week -- whew!) And tomorrow I'll put out the next prompt. If you haven't gotten your #fiftywords story in, today's the day!

Hey 50 words friends, here is my entry for this week... Hope you like it..

Thanks for sharing a 50-word story again this week, @ablaze!

A pleasure as always @jayna