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STORY OF THE WEEK: December 11

The story of the week for December 5 to 9 is…

Choice by A. Elizabeth Herting

Death and dying are very rich themes, often explored darkly through the lens of loss, pain, and fear. It’s refreshing to see death approached as an adventure and a positive choice, because it leads us, as readers, to think about the context of death and where our fears truly come from.

STORY OF THE MONTH: November 2016

The Story of the Month is chosen from the Story of the Week winners announced from the past month.

The finalists for November were:

The Multiverse Says Hello by Stephanie Selander
Fortune Teller by Candace Kubinec
Carry On by Debra Pascarella
Palindrome by Pontius Paiva

The winner of the November 2016 Story of the Month, and the $10 prize, is…

Palindrome

The technical achievement of this story is almost worthy of the prize on its own. Its artistic merit adds a whole new incredible layer.

STORY OF THE WEEK: December 4

The story of the week for November 28 to December 2 is…

My Fortune by David Rae

I’m always impressed when a writer can pack this much complexity into a 50-word story. David made excellent use of symbolism and simile and nursed tons of meaning out of every word.

NEWS: 50WS Honoured by Feedspot

Recently, 50WS was honoured by Feedspot as one of the world’s Top 20 Short Story Blogs.

I think that’s pretty cool, and it’s all thanks to the wonderful writers who send in their work each month, and the readers who keep coming back to enjoy the stories and leave comments.

Here’s to all of you!

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STORY OF THE WEEK: November 27

The story of the week for November 21 to 25 is…

Palindrome by Pontius Paiva

If you’d asked me whether it was possible to write a 50-word story that was mirrored around the centre, in palindrome fashion, I’m not sure I would have said yes. And yet here we are. Fantastic work!

STORY OF THE WEEK: November 20

The story of the week for November 14 to 18 is…

Carry On by Debra Pascarella

Relationships are a tricky business, full of mixed emotions. Debra has captured those complexities well, demonstrating one of the most important functions of art.

STORY OF THE WEEK: November 13

The story of the week for November 7 to 11 is…

Fortune Teller by Candace Kubinec

I can picture the expressions on the characters’ faces and the intense moment that caps the story off. So much mystery is packed in here. Great work.

STORY OF THE WEEK: November 6

The story of the week for October 31 to November 4 is…

The Multiverse Says Hello by Stephanie Selander

I love the parallel between the character’s rush to explain and the story’s rush to convey itself to the reader, making both the character and the reader feel that they only need a few more seconds

STORY OF THE MONTH: October 2016

The Story of the Month is chosen from the Story of the Week winners announced from the past month.

The finalists for October were:

Wounded by Matthew Eichenlaub
Audition by Magda Knight
Other Things by Perry McDaid
Patience by Penny Jo McAllister
The Mole by TR Jordan

The winner of the October 2016 Story of the Month, and the $10 prize, is…

Audition

Magda set up an interesting scene, established the characters and the stakes, and delivered some very nice tension. The clever work-in of the 50-word story format was icing on the cake!

STORY OF THE WEEK: October 30

The story of the week for October 24 to 28 is…

The Mole by TR Jordan

The twist is surprising, the use of “mole” implies alternate interpretations for the creatively minded, and the execution is smooth. Good work!