Fending off hordes of little goblins was certainly not her preferred way to start the day.
The buggers quickly swarmed, dragging down her sword arm. Hot breath everywhere, gnashing little forks for teeth. The clank of gate levers could only mean reinforcements. Not good! Not good!
“Welcome to Lincolnville Preschool!”
An amateur writer since the 8th grade, Joseph Knoop is currently attending college & maintaining a weekly review blog in the hopes of one day becoming a journalist for the video gaming industry. Find his work at K.O. JOE.
First day and I’m in hell. Crunch. Crunch. Ugh, does she have to chew so loudly? I can’t concentrate.
The apple rolls along the floor, stopping beside my foot. A tiny green head pops out of the core. Wriggling out, it crawls across the linoleum.
“Thanks, li’l worm.”
Emily Ramser is a high school author living part-time between North Carolina and California. She’s been published in a few small online journals such as Vox Poetica and Spinozablue. Her story Sins of Murder will be published in Wolf Craft Anthology this coming fall as well.
They had never been apart in five years. Not one day.
Now there was a new woman in his life. Could she handle her Bobby? Those moods?
Saying goodbye would be difficult. No tears, Rachel thought.
She passed his hand to the teacher on his first school day.
John B Sinclair now lives in Scotland and is a freelance writer of mostly comedy material to the local news media.
He worked abroad for many years (Bermuda and the Bahamas) and loved his visits to the US. Orlando, New York City, and Boston are his favourite places. JBS enjoys football (soccer) and Maine Lobster.
It’s contest time again, which means you’ve got a chance to win some great prizes by sending in your stories!
This time around, I’m looking for stories based on a Back-to-School theme. Interpret that however you want, as long as there’s some connection with school or the autumn season.
What kind of contest would this be without prizes?
There are five prizes available for the Back-to-School contest.
- The author of the best Artistic Story will receive a print copy of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One and an ebook of their choice from my Store, as well as publication on FiftyWordStories.com.
- The author of the best Humourous Story will receive a print copy of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume Two and an ebook of their choice from my Store, as well as publication on FiftyWordStories.com.
- Three runners-up will receive an ebook of their choice from my Store, as well as publication on FiftyWordStories.com.
Contest Rules and Submission Details
Send your stories by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please send each story in a separate email. Include the title of the story in the subject line of the email and copy the story itself into the body of the email. Please limit your entries to three stories per author.
The submission period starts now and is open until Saturday, September 1. Winners will be revealed during the week of September 3 to 7.
Stories will be judged by Tim Sevenhuysen.
Stories not chosen to receive prizes may still be featured on the site at a later date.