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NEWS: Audience Choice Award Polling

It’s time to vote!

Help pick the winner of the Audience Choice Award from the five finalist stories that were posted today.

The finalists are

The winner will get the opportunity to help me come up with the next Captain Blackbird short story! (I’ll probably also offer them a free ebook.)

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Voting closes on Tuesday, February 28, at midnight.

NEWS: Draw Results

It happened later than I originally intended it to, but the draw for the contest to win a print copy of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One has taken place!


I guess I should say who won, then.

I put all the names into a hat, and mixed ’em up good.

Then I closed my eyes, swirled ’em all around, and pulled out…

Congratulations to sketchlayerJosh, who entered via Twitter! I’ll be getting in touch so I can send a book winging its way along to you (Canada Post permitting).

Thank you to everyone who got involved on Twitter and Liked my Facebook page to enter.

NEWS: Draw for Contest Winner Will Happen Soon

I had intended to do the draw for the winner of the contest to win a print copy of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One today, but my schedule isn’t allowing for it, unfortunately.

So the draw is postponed until tomorrow (Tuesday) evening. I’ll post the results here and on Twitter. Thank you to everyone who entered!

NEWS: Win a Print Copy of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One

If you don’t yet have a copy of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One in print, how would you like a chance to win one?

On Monday, June 13, I will draw one name from a hat to win a print copy of Volume One.

How do you get your name in the hat? There are three “fronts” to the contest, and each can get you one entry. (That’s a maximum of three entries per person, for all you Math majors.)

First, you can share a link to FiftyWordStories.com on Twitter, making sure to include the hashtag #50wordstories.

Second, you can Like my new Page on Facebook.

Third, you can join in the discussion about the short story Saucer from my recent short fiction collection, Living and Dying. Everyone who comments on this blog post will receive an entry. If you haven’t read Saucer yet, get the collection here!

Good luck, everyone!

Note: If the winner lives outside of North America, they’ll have to cover the difference between the North American and outside-of-North-America shipping.

NEWS: GeekingOutAbout.com Guest Post and Contest

Today www.GeekingOutAbout.com shared a guest post I wrote for them, about my experiences writing fifty-word stories and some of my other favourite microfiction formats and websites. This post has taken a little while to put together, and to find the right timing for sharing it, but I’m really excited to get it out there for people to see, and GeekingOutAbout is a great place to post it. Head over there to get some insight and recommendations from me, including an excerpt from the Tips and Tricks section of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One.

In addition to sharing my guest post, GeekingOutAbout is also running a 50-word story contest, to celebrate their one-year anniversary (congratulations, by the way, guys!). The details are all here. The best three stories sent to geekingoutabout@gmail.com by May 31 will win a free Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One ebook bundle, and the first-prize winner will also receive $25 to the online retailer of their choice! That’s a pretty awesome prize, in my opinion, so get writing, and I can’t wait to see all of your submissions.

NEWS: Valentine’s Day Contest Recap

I posted some thoughts about the Valentine’s Day contest over at TimSevenhuysen.com, including what I liked about each of the stories that were posted today.

In total, 22 people submitted 29 stories for the contest, and I really enjoyed receiving and reading them all. I hope you’ll all submit more stories in the future, both for other contests and for weekly guest stories.

Also, as a special thank you, if you submitted a story for the contest I’ve emailed you a thank you note which contains a 50% off coupon for the Volume One ebook bundle, so if you use that coupon before February 21, the bundle is under $2!

NEWS: A Mere 50 Words Update

I have all of the entries everyone sent in for the Mere 50 Words contest, and there are some really great stories in there!

I apologize that I haven’t chosen winners yet; I’ve been really busy with moving into a new place and then going to staff a summer camp for a week, so I haven’t been able to sit down and start picking favourites yet. I intend to do some reading and choosing this week, and then I’ll reveal the winners as daily updates from Monday to Friday, starting on either September 7 or September 14.

As a reminder, if your story is chosen to win a prize I’ll be contacting you at the email address you used to submit the story. If your story comes up as a winner and the email address you submitted it with isn’t going to work, just send me a note at tim@fiftywordstories.com and we’ll sort things out.

NEWS: Official 50-Word Story Contest

Edit: Submissions for this contest are now closed. Winners will be announced soon!

FiftyWordStories.com is excited to present its first official 50-Word Story Contest: “A Mere 50 Words”!

How to Enter
The contest is open for anyone and everyone to enter. To submit your story for consideration, send it to mere50words@fiftywordstories.com and include the phrase “Mere 50 Words Entry” in the subject line. Please also include your name or a pen name under which the story can be posted.

Submissions will remain open until 11:59 PM, Pacific Standard Time (GMT -8), on August 21, 2009.

Entry Rules
All submitted stories must be exactly 50 words in length, not including the title. (If you are unsure of how to count hyphenated words, numerals, or other nonstandard words, use your word processor’s built-in Word Count function.)

The content of submitted stories should be appropriate for all ages.

There is no limit on the number of submissions per person.

All submissions must be the submitter’s original creation and must not have been previously published in print, online, or in any other format.

The rights to all submitted stories will be handled like regular Guest Writer submissions. For details, see our Submissions page.

The prizes are as follows:

Grand Prize – $50 Chapters or Amazon gift card
First Runner Up – $20 Chapters or Amazon gift card
Honourable Mention (x3) Р$10 Chapters or Amazon gift card

The winning entries and honourable mentions will be posted to the site after judging has been completed. Other high-quality entries may also be used for future Guest Writer Monday posts.

After the winners have been determined, they will be contacted through the email address their story was submitted by, and arrangements will be made either to have an online gift card purchased for them or to have a physical gift card mailed to them.

Entries will be judged by Tim Sevenhuysen, the creator of FiftyWordStories.com.

If you have any questions about the contest, leave a comment or send me an email at tim@fiftywordstories.com.