NEWS: Official 50-Word Story Contest

Edit: Submissions for this contest are now closed. Winners will be announced soon! is excited to present its first official 50-Word Story Contest: “A Mere 50 Words”!

How to Enter
The contest is open for anyone and everyone to enter. To submit your story for consideration, send it to and include the phrase “Mere 50 Words Entry” in the subject line. Please also include your name or a pen name under which the story can be posted.

Submissions will remain open until 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time (GMT -8), on August 21, 2009.

Entry Rules
All submitted stories must be exactly 50 words in length, not including the title. (If you are unsure of how to count hyphenated words, numerals, or other nonstandard words, use your word processor’s built-in Word Count function.)

The content of submitted stories should be appropriate for all ages.

There is no limit on the number of submissions per person.

All submissions must be the submitter’s original creation and must not have been previously published in print, online, or in any other format.

The rights to all submitted stories will be handled like regular Guest Writer submissions. For details, see our Submissions page.

The prizes are as follows:

Grand Prize – $50 Chapters or Amazon gift card
First Runner Up – $20 Chapters or Amazon gift card
Honourable Mention (x3) – $10 Chapters or Amazon gift card

The winning entries and honourable mentions will be posted to the site after judging has been completed. Other high-quality entries may also be used for future Guest Writer Monday posts.

After the winners have been determined, they will be contacted through the email address their story was submitted by, and arrangements will be made either to have an online gift card purchased for them or to have a physical gift card mailed to them.

Entries will be judged by Tim Sevenhuysen, the creator of

If you have any questions about the contest, leave a comment or send me an email at

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