What is a 50-Word Story?
A 50-word story is a piece of fiction written in exactly 50 words. That doesn’t mean “roughly” 50 words; it doesn’t mean “as close to 50 words as possible”; it doesn’t mean 50 words or fewer. It means exactly 50 words.
As with any other form of fiction, a 50-word story should have a beginning and an end, a plot and character development (even if they are only implied), and a theme, meaning, or purpose of some sort. Many 50-word stories are built around twists or climactic moments.
What is This Site?
Right now, 50WS posts two reader-submitted stories every weekday. To submit your stories for possible publication, see the Submissions page. A $10 prize is available for the best submission each month: see the Top Stories page for more information.
How Did This Site Start?
The original goal of 50WS was for me, Tim Sevenhuysen, to post one new, original 50-word story every day for a year. Between February 22, 2009, and February 21, 2010, I completed that goal, with a bit of help from a few reader submissions.
I started Year Two on July 5, 2010, then came back for more with Year Three, which began on August 1, 2011. During Year Three I shared stories from guest writers on Mondays, and posted my own stories from Tuesday to Friday.
Collections of the best stories from Year One and Year Two are available in book form from my Store. I’m currently working on finishing up the Year Three book for release.
Questions or Comments
You can email firstname.lastname@example.org to get in touch with me if you have any comments or questions about the site.