The story of the week for February 13 to 17 is…
Great artistry and imagination from both authors. We had a very strong week and now and then I’m forced to expand my rule-set a little!
The story of the week for February 6 to 10 is…
Over by Joan Trueman
Subtlety and understatement are great techniques, and Joan used that approach here with an excellent example of “show, don’t tell.”
The Story of the Month is chosen from the Story of the Week winners announced from the past month.
The finalists for January were:
The winner of the January 2017 Story of the Month, and the $10 prize, is…
From the very first phrase, we’re hooked into this story, drawn into the idea of an “enchanted” book. Then we discover the nature of the enchantment, and it’s such a joyful thought, perfectly crafted for the community of readers and writers that frequents this site.
The story of the week for January 30 to February 3 is…
Trapped by Mark Farley
We’ve come to expect nothing less than this kind of creativity and depth from Mark. Another great contribution!
The story of the week for January 23 to 27 is…
Arte Verborum by Ingrid Jendrzejewsky
The joy of reading is important to so many people. Ingrid did a great job of celebrating that joy in her story.
The story of the week for January 16 to 20 is…
Fake Smiles by Carmen Olowu
Carmen’s message is important, and the way she delivers the story suggests more skill than you’d expect if you knew before reading it that she was 13 years old. Thanks for sharing, Carmen!
The story of the week for January 9 to 13 is…
Vampire by Alexandra Keister
This is a twist story, but not of the type we normally get here. Rather, the title suggests a straightforward fantasy or adventure story, and instead we get an intense, heart-breaking (pun intended) allegory where the title passes from description into metaphor. Alexandra continues to impress.
The winner of the 2016 Story of the Year, along with the $50 prize and enshrinement in the Hall of Fame, is:
Aunt Peg by Jennifer L. Free
Death is one of the more common themes on this site. In fact, death was part of the theme of the 2015 story of the year, as well. But I’ve never seen death explored as subtly, meaningfully, or personally as Jennifer did here. Aunt Peg doesn’t jump out at the reader. It doesn’t assert itself or demand that you read it over and over. And yet it stays with you somehow. After the words and sentences have faded, the idea and the character remain. I still haven’t gotten over it six months later. It’s brilliant work, and I’m proud to have given Jennifer a venue to share this story.
Honourable mentions to the excellent Five minutes until ‘I do’ by Mark Farley and Palindrome by Pontius Paiva, which is the most technically impressive 50-word story I’ve ever read. This is the second consecutive year Mark Farley has appeared as a runner up for story of the year.
The story of the week for January 2 to 6 is…
2:00 AM by L.S. Engler
L.S. effectively communicated the emotional core of the characters and their relationship without having to describe a series of events, which is a very valuable skill in this format.
We had a big, interesting year in 2016, filled with hundreds of great 50-word stories. It’s almost time to crown the best story published on 50WS in the past 12 months!
Here are the 12 Story of the Month winners for 2016.
JANUARY: Waiting to be a Good Samaritan, by Paul Beckman
FEBRUARY: Unicorn Heaven, by Brenda Anderson
MARCH: Luck, by Viv Burgess
APRIL: The Shrimp Farmer, by Alexandra Keister
MAY: Alien Nature, by Patrick Yu
JUNE: There Be Monsters, by Eva Lucien
JULY: Aunt Peg, by Jennifer L. Freed
AUGUST: Five minutes until ‘I do’, by Mark Farley
SEPTEMBER: Moving On, by Mark Farley
OCTOBER: Audition, by Magda Knight
NOVEMBER: Palindrome, by Pontius Paiva
DECEMBER: My Fortune, by David Rae
The winner, as chosen by editor Tim Sevenhuysen, will be announced on Saturday, January 14!
The prize for the Story of the Year winner will be:
Which finalist was your favourite? If you could nominate a story that didn’t earn Story of the Month, which would you pick?