As you may have noticed, today I started switching 50WS over from a star-based ratings system to a “Likes” system. There are multiple reasons I’ve decided to make this change, and I’ll try to put together a post explaining my thought process soon.
For now, the ratings still exist and the “Popular Stories” box in the sidebar still shows the highest rated stories since we started using the current rating system. Over the next days or weeks I will completely phase out the ratings and replace them with the new Likes setup, including replacing the “Popular Stories” sidebar to reflect the stories with the most likes.
I’m definitely interested in your feedback on this change, so let me know how you feel about the switch. I will try to get my thoughts together soon for the sake of more clarity.
A rather short gentleman.
Answers to the name Shamus.
Wears an emerald green suit, a buckled hat and black shoes and won’t stop smoking his pipe in the house.
Keeps on about his pot of gold but refuses to kick in for the groceries.
If he’s yours, please claim — soon.
David is a writing student, has had work published on a few sites, and seems to be on a supernatural kick at the moment.
As the machine switched off, he knew this was his last chance to say everything he wanted to her.
In the end, he could only muster three words, a melody to accompany her on her final journey, each lyric imbued with pure affection – repeated over and over.
“I love you.”
A Writers’ Centre Norwich-commended writer, Laurence has been published online, in magazines like The Legendary, Story Shack, and Amelia’s Magazine, and in anthologies such as Darker Times Collection and Inspired by My Museum. His website is laurencesullivan.net.
The Story of the Week for January 19 to 23 is Old Wounds by Perry McDaid.
Perry earned this distinction by exploring a relatively rare genre for this site, and conveying otherworldiness and a touch of horror/suspense quite effectively.
The rain beaded on the windshield and scattered the light from the full moon, mottling her face with dabs of gray like an impressionist painting.
I wanted to make love to her, but how could I? She is a work of art, a masterpiece to be venerated from a distance.
Alex Markovich gets his best story ideas in the middle of the night.
I was told not to enter this old library. But I knew It was hidden somewhere.
All was quiet and dark. A little wind blew over the abandoned books.
When I ran away with the cursed Necronomicon, I realized it was too late. So I beg of you, deliver me!
Eric Vial-Bonacci is both a French urban explorer and a librarian. He won the award for the best Barjavel science fiction short story and likes the idea of 50-word stories.
You’ve seen the announcement of the $50 Story of the Year prize and the enshrinement in the new 50WS Hall of Fame.
You’ve read the six Story of the Year finalists, who each won a Story of the Month prize along the way.
You’ve voiced your opinions in the comments…
And while I had to deliberate long and hard, it turns out I ultimately agreed with most of you. The winner of the 2014 Story of the Year is:
The Mapmaker’s Calligraphist Daughter by Bob Thurber
Congratulations, Bob! Your 2014 submissions to 50WS were a great contribution to the site.
Keep an eye out for the creation of the 50WS Hall of Fame, where Bob will be installed as the first honouree. Winning Story of the Year may not end up being the only way to enter the Hall, so stay tuned for any developments on that front, too!
“Well, did you see the ghostly, grieving fireman hanging from the ceiling rose last night?” the old B&B landlady teased.
I smiled. “You had me going. I dreamt of two young girls in period nighties whispering ‘Forgive!'”
She paled, and pushed a framed sepia photograph across the table. “My sisters?”
Derry-born author Perry McDaid is internationally published. His poems, stories, reviews, and articles have appeared in diverse magazines, anthologies, and websites. A prize-winner with short stories, poetry, and articles, the Irishman’s work can be found both in hardcopy and online. Recent publications include fifty-word stories at entropy2, fiftywordstories.com, and Beeched in AlfieDog’s Romance anthology By My Side. He has a SF story accepted for publication with Stupefying Stories and his latest indie personal anthology of short stories is String o’ Misery.
“I don’t know what all the fuss is about,” she said as he peered again in the mirror. “Everyone grows one soon enough, and then you’ll spend the rest of your life fighting it.”
He stared at the luxuriant growth on his Great Aunt’s upper lip.
Life is so unfair.
Ann Sangwin is a retired teacher, now a career grandmother. She has written all her life but until recently has not thought of submitting for publication. She lives in Kent and is part of a writing group, which has changed her life.
Martin had worked hard during the night. He had to deliver his work before 9:00.
It was 7:00, and his cartoon was finished.
He decided to have a coffee before submitting to the paper.
Suddenly, a black cat crossed beside him;
coffee spilled over his work;
the sky turned black.
Miguel Fernández is a cartoonist from Guadalajara, Spain.