Micro-fiction contest results and new prompt (was #fiftywords)

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Welcome to the Micro-fiction Contest! As everyone probably knows by now, we've switched things up as follows:

  • This is now a weekly micro-fiction writing contest with a reward of 2 SBD.
  • The word limit is now 250 words. (Anything 250 words or under is fine.)
  • And we are collaborating with the #freewrite community!
So, for example, perhaps you have a story you wrote as a five minute freewrite, and want to polish it for the #micro-fiction contest. That's a great approach. Or write something new. It's up to you. And of course everyone is welcome, whether or not you're affiliated with @FreeWriteHouse. Be sure to check out the weekly prompt, and include that word in your story. For this week the prompt is "space."

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.)
    • 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: @anixio, @deemarshall, @oscarina, @marvyinnovation, @felixgarciap, @vdux, @wems, @deirdyweirdy and @wakeupkitty. I really enjoyed all the entries, based on the "sunset" prompt! For the winning entry of the week, I've chosen Endings, a story in 100 words, by @deirdyweirdy. I've placed the complete story here:
A walk with her at sunset he thought was an ideal opportunity to tell her something he knew would break her; he'd met someone else and was leaving. A sunset walk with him she decided was an opportune time to break to him something she knew would devastate him, the cancer diagnosis she'd received only that morning. As they walked along the beach towards the brilliant sunset they stopped and turned to each other, as if moving to some unheard rhythm in a well-choreographed dance, their eyes meeting as they uttered in unison the words 'we need to talk'.
Nice work, @deirdyweirdy! 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 "space." I look forward to seeing what you come up with! The deadline is Saturday, January 26th, 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!

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@deidyweirdy what a compelling set-up. Brilliant. You must write a one-act play about this, you could stage it with only two actors and without much expense!


Thanks for the vote of confidence in my abilities;)


@vdux is a really good cheerleader. 😁

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And we can certainly do with a few of those round these parts!

Oh my, thanks so much Jayna. I didn't expect that. You've really made my day.


Congrats... Awesome writing... A bit sad though... "We need to talk..."

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I only do sad Eliza;) Thanks for the compliment.


Thank you kindly. I appreciate the support.


It’s well deserved!

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A very interesting contest, @jayna. I found out about it by reading some wonderful participant stories. Microfiction is a genre I'm passionate about.
I'll try!
Thank you!


Great! I look forward to it.

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Thanks for joining!

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I missed the last week but here's my entry for this week: https://steemit.com/fiftywords/@ahmadmanga/fiftywords-exile-cruise

You can read the story below, but I recommend clicking the link above for my author comments.

Exile Cruise

Day 696:

It has been two years since we left Earth.

We couldn't have expected the damage our ship took.
We barely have enough fuel to reach our destination.

The next moon is our last chance.
We heard that it's safe from the war.

hopefully we're not followed.

-- The Captain.


As we say in my country, with permission from @jayna.
Hi, @joelim. Beautiful and terrible. Lukas' story is touching and you have told it in a very suggestive way.
Thank you for sharing it.

(I couldn't comment on your post because I don't have a busy account)


If you click on the user name it will open the user's account on the Steemit interface where you can comment away to your heart's content. Hope that helps.


Thank you, @deirdyweirdy, you've been very helpful.