About This Site

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 tim@fiftywordstories.com to get in touch with me if you have any comments or questions about the site.

3 thoughts on “About This Site

  1. I think this is such a great idea! I look forward to hearing more great stories. It’s like bite-sized entertainment.

  2. I once took part in a 50 word story writing challenge by the dailypost.wordpress.com. I took on an immediate liking towards this concept. Having the entire plot and emotions contained in 50 words can be quite a challenge. I am glad to have found your site. Sometimes I’m hooked for hours together – reading and re-reading the stories !

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