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NEWS: “Spring Stories” Contest

In many parts of the northern hemisphere it’s probably been spring for a few weeks, but here in Edmonton it’s just starting to feel like winter is truly over.

Let’s celebrate with a spring-themed 50WS contest and give away some gift cards for Amazon!

The Spring Stories contest will be open to your entries from April 14, 2014, until May 2, 2014. All submitted stories must be related to the spring season in some way. They can be funny, sad, artistic, adventurous… It’s up to you!

PRIZES

The best submitted stories will be posted to the site during the week of May 5 to 9, 2014, at the rate of two stories per day.

Grand Prize

The best story from all of the entries will be posted as the second story of the day on Friday, May 9. The author of this story will receive a $15 Amazon gift card!

Draw Prize

A draw will also be held for a $10 Amazon gift card.

There will be two ways to enter the draw. First, everyone who submits a story will automatically receive one entry into the draw. Second, another entry into the draw can be earned by either a) sharing a link to this contest announcement using the #50WordSpringStories hashtag on Twitter, b) retweeting the contest announcement tweet from @50WordStories, or c) sharing the contest announcement post on Facebook.

The winner of the grand prize will not be eligible for the draw. The draw prize winner will be selected using a random number generator, and will be announced on the day the grand prize-winning story is posted.

MORE RULES

  • To be eligible for this contest, stories must be received between April 14, 2014, and May 2, 2014.
  • Stories must be related to the theme of “spring”. Stories not related to this theme will not be considered for a prize, but may be considered for later publication on the site.
  • Submit your entry or entries to tim@fiftywordstories.com. (Limit two story submissions per writer. Please send each story in a separate email. Story should be pasted into the body of the email.)
  • The subject line of your email must start with “SPRING STORIES ENTRY” and include the title of the story.
  • Stories must be exactly 50 words long, not counting title and author biography.
  • Any stories received for the contest but not published during the week of May 5 to 9, 2014, will still be held eligible for later publication on the site. Entry into the contest does not guarantee publication on the site.
  • All stories must follow all guidelines specified on the Submissions page. Please read this page before sending in your entry.

I look forward to seeing all of your entries! Let’s make this the best 50WS contest yet.

NEWS: “Summer Stories” Contest – Prizes Galore!

In the past month or two, I’ve been receiving more and more submissions. My inbox is so full I don’t know how I’m ever going to catch up to everything that’s been sent in! So, what’s the best way to deal with the situation? Invite a bunch more submissions, of course, and offer free books and discounts!

The Summer Stories contest will be open to your entries from July 21, 2013, until August 10, 2013. The theme for the contest is: camping or picnic. All submitted stories must be related to one or both of these themes. Beyond that, the world is your oyster! (Or, given the theme, perhaps the world is your anthill?)

Prizes:

In total, there are nine prize packages available, including free books and ebooks and big Store discounts.

Selected stories will be published to the site at the rate of two per day during the week of August 12 to 16, 2013, with prize-winning stories being published on August 14, 15, and 16, as described below.

Grand Prizes
Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One
There will be two grand prizes, one for each story category. The two grand prize-winning stories will be published to the site on Friday, August 16, 2013.

  • Grand Prize (Artistic): The author of the best “artistic” story will receive a print copy of their choice of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One or Volume Two, plus a one-time use coupon for 50% off their next order from the TimSevenhuysen.com Store.
  • Grand Prize (Amusing): The author of the best “amusing” story will receive a print copy of their choice of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One or Volume Two, plus a one-time use coupon for 50% off their next order from the TimSevenhuysen.com Store.

Runner-Up Prizes
50WS_Volume_2_Cover_frontThere will be four runner-up prizes, two for each story category. The runner-up prize-winning stories will be published to the site on August 14 and August 15, 2013.

  • Runner-Up Prizes (4): The authors of the second- and third-best “artistic” and “amusing” stories will each receive an ebook copy of their choice of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One or Volume Two, plus a one-time use coupon for 50% off their next order from the TimSevenhuysen.com Store.

Draw Prizes
An additional three prize packages will be awarded to three authors who will be picked randomly from all entrants. Winners of a grand prize or runner-up prize will not be eligible for the draw. The draw prize winners will be selected using a random number generator, and will be announced on the day the grand prize-winning stories are posted.

  • Draw Prizes: The three draw prize winners will each receive a one-time use coupon for 30% off their next order from the TimSevenhuysen.com Store.

Contest Rules:

  • To be eligible for this contest, stories must be received between July 21, 2013, and August 10, 2013.
  • Stories must be related to the theme of either “camping” or “picnic”. Stories not related to one of these themes will not be considered for a prize, but may be considered for later publication on the site.
  • Submit your entry or entries to tim@fiftywordstories.com. (Limit two story submissions per writer. Please send each story in a separate email. Story should be pasted into the body of the email.)
  • The subject line of your email must start with “SUMMER STORIES ENTRY” and include the title of the story.
  • Stories must be exactly 50 words long, not counting title and author biography.
  • Any stories received for the contest but not published during the week of August 12 to 16, 2013, will still be held eligible for later publication on the site. Entry into the contest does not guarantee publication on the site.
  • “Artistic” stories will be those that would be primarily categorized under the “Artistic” or “Touching” tags when published. “Amusing” stories are those that would be primarily categorized under the “Amusing”, “Puns and Wordplay”, or “Odd” categories when published. The editor reserves the right to assign each submission to a category at his sole discretion.
  • All stories must follow all guidelines specified on the Submissions page. Please read this page before sending in your entry.

I can’t wait to see what everyone comes up with. We have some very talented regular submitters that I’m sure I’ll hear from, and I know there are some equally talented readers out there who maybe just need some encouragement to throw their hat in the ring. Well, there’s no better time than now! Get writing!

Back-to-School Contest – Win free books and ebooks!

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.

Prizes!

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 tim@fiftywordstories.com. 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.

NEWS: Pirate Week Prizes

Pirate Week has been, I think, the most fun I’ve ever had running a contest. It’s had the biggest prizes, the highest number of submissions, and the most reader involvement, through the Audience Choice Award voting. Thank you so, so much to everyone who sent a story in, commented on and rated their favourites, and voted like crazy in the Audience Choice poll! I’m blown away by the number of votes the poll received.

I want to send out a special thank you to Todd Battaglia and his Grade 7 Language Arts classes. Todd assigned the Pirate Week 50-word story challenge to his classes and sent me the results of what his students came up with. I was only able to pick five stories out of that collection, to avoid flooding the site with too many stories all at once, but I read, enjoyed, and appreciated every story I received. And that goes for all of the other submissions that I wasn’t able to post on the site, too!

The Results

Now here’s the information everyone wants to see! First, the Audience Choice Award, as voted on by the readers, goes to Brandon King for his story Hospitality. Congratulations, Brandon! As a prize, I will be emailing Brandon to get his input on the next Captain Blackbird short story.

On to the Grand Prize winner and the runner-up prize winners. I know this is “the thing to say,” but it’s really been difficult for me to choose a winner from among the five finalists. After deliberating long and hard, however, I’ve come to my conclusions.

The Runners-Up will each receive

The winners of the Runner-Up prizes are… Cameron Boyce for A Golden Opportunity and Brandon King for Hospitality!

The Grand Prize winner will receive

The Grand Prize winner is… Abby W. for Night-Time Stories!

Congratulations to Abby, Cameron, and Brandon, and also to King Kool and John H. Dromey, our other finalists. Your stories were all really excellent! I will be emailing you soon so you can claim your prizes.

Arrr, maties. Thanks for writing in and reading along, everyone!

NEWS: Pirate Week Prizes and Audience Choice Award

The five stories going up tomorrow (Friday, February 24) are all finalists for the Grand Prize and for Audience Choice Award voting. Here’s how it’s all going to work:

The five stories will go up over the course of the day. After the last finalist has been posted, I will post a poll for Audience Choice voting. The poll will remain open until midnight PST on Tuesday, February 28. Whichever story has received the most votes by the time the poll closes will win the Audience Choice Award.

On Wednesday, February 29, I will post the Audience Choice Award winner and the winners of the Grand Prize and the two runner-up prizes.

I hope everyone has been enjoying Pirate Week, and I’m sure you’ll all enjoy the finalists!

NEWS: Pirate Week Audience Choice Award

Did you think the awesome collection of prizes for Pirate Week was big? Well it’s about to expand again!

In addition to giving out prizes to one winner and two runners up, I’ll be making a selection of stories available on Friday for Audience Choice voting. Whoever wins the Audience Choice Award will be given a very special prize: they will have input into the next Captain Blackbird pirate adventure short story I write!

I hope everyone’s looking forward to reading all the great stories that are going to be posted this week. I’ll be posting about six stories each day, so check back throughout the day if you won’t want to miss anything.

Also, since I received so many entries I won’t be posting any stories that I wrote myself this week. I have enough work to do scheduling them all and doing the judging! :)

NEWS: The Pirate Contest Gets Even Sweeter

Have you entered the Pirate Week contest yet?

If you haven’t, here are some more reasons to do so! In addition to the prizes that have already been announced, the winner will receive a felt eyepatch and a pirate-themed corner bookmark monster, made by my friend Tally Heilke of I Could Make That fame.

More piratey prizes!

I’m also expanding the runner-up prizes to include an ebook of your choice, alongside the Fifty-Word Stories ebook.

That brings our total prize pool to the following:

Read up on the full contest rules and enter now! The deadline is February 17.

NEWS: Pirate Week, and a Contest

I’ve teased a “Pirate Week” a couple of times over the past few months, and now I’m announcing that it is Officially On.

For the week of February 20 to 24, 2012, every story posted to 50WS will be pirate-themed. I’ll be looking for as many submissions as I can get. Forget one story per day, or even two stories per day: I’m going to post as many stories each day during that week as seems appropriate, so get writing and send your work in!


And guess what: there will be prizes! Here is the updated full prize list:

Fine print re: t-shirts: Shirts with stories on the back are only available up to size Large right now, but shirts with blank backs are available in more sizes. Shipping inside North America is included with your prize; if the winner lives outside North America I’d appreciate $5 to help cover the additional postage costs.

Contest Rules:

  • Each entrant is free to submit up to 5 separate stories.
  • Each story must be exactly 50 words long, not including the title.
  • Every story must have a pirate theme to be considered for publication and/or a prize.
  • If any runner-up winner already possesses an ebook copy of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume Two, the prize may be exchanged for a different ebook.
  • All entries must be received by February 17, 2012.

I’m looking forward to seeing what lands in my inbox. Arr, maties!

NEWS: GeekingOutAbout Contest Results

The 50-word story contest over at www.GeekingOutAbout.com has wrapped up, and the winners have been announced!

Congratulations to Chris Fries and Leslie Hanna, who won an ebook copy of Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One, and to D.C. McMillen, whose story The 8:15 Train (which you can read below) earned the $25 top prize.

 

The 8:15 Train

We purposely collided on the 8:15. Before reaching this pivotal moment, we’d spent weeks admiring each other from afar. She laughed, taking the blame for our faux collision. Some small talk, then we played hooky at a nearby hotel. Now I take the 7:45.

 

It was a great contest, and really difficult to judge. Head over to the GeekingOutAbout post to read some more of the really strong entries.