50 Word Short Story Competition

I’ve put this up on my blog - hope some of you will take part.


Hi John,

I’ve entered! Great idea, by the way.
Here’s my entry for what it’s worth:

I, Zebra

I felt her breath on my neck and the game was up. Exhaustion overtook me as powerful jaws clamped themselves around my jugular vein, extinguishing my life slowly. Claws tore at my rump, spilling blood in one easy stroke, exciting the other hungry lions that joined her. Then, darkness came.

Thanks, Lee. Excellent. Some more entries from folks here would be good, too.

I just posted A Brief Interlude in a Spring Affair Between Two (Partially) Deaf Lovers. In doing so I realised that it may be the first fiction piece I’ve published in any form since 1992. Thanks for the prompt. :slight_smile:

Looking forward to reading others’ contributions.

Tim - you made me laugh out loud, and I liked the touch of pathos also. Good job. Both of these stories are posted in the comments on my blog now.


[size=150]BRILLIANT!!![/size] :laughing: :laughing: :laughing: [size=50](or is it sick? I’ll have to think about that)[/size]

I concur. I too, laughed out loud as I saw first place slip away! That mine was the only entry at the time is completely immaterial! :slight_smile:

I’ve just added my effort. 100 words (even 60!) would have been easier, but I guess that’s the point!

Yes, Pigfender, 50 words is a tough challenge. But, as one poet put it, “Brevity is the soul of wit.” Liked your story also. That’s four tales so far. Thanks, people…keep them coming.

Loving reading the stories so far, all so different (and 50 words can deliver a surprising punch). Hopefully others will join in too.

ratarsed again! tch!tch!

not ‘again’… ‘still’.

Ratarsed? You mean, like, Rodents Of Unusual Size (R.O.U.S.)? I don’t think they exist…*
youtube.com/watch?v=jXjl1eMc … re=related

Darn. There goes my April resolution of staying on topic. :unamused:

[size=50]*Apologies to anyone not old enough to know about the 3 dangers of the Fire Swamp[/size]

LIAR!!! Humperdink Humperdink Humperdink

Got it in 49.

Got it in 49.

I’m not listening!

Ahem. Back to our normal broadcast…

I’ve noticed there are a bunch of new stories on John’s site now. And the good thing about stories that are exactly 50 words, is you can read a bunch of them in one go.

Thanks to all of you who entered. They are all excellent, I must say, and it will be a tough choice, though now I will be picking four winners for the ebook instead of two.

very interesting!! :astonished:

I added one just now for fun :slight_smile: