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Grass Knuckles

Melinda was a contrarian: she even became a tomboy just to prove the midwife wrong.

She was an anti-Earth activist, campaigning against her parents’ environmental research. Her slogan was “Green thumb; grass knuckles.”

They told her punching the ground didn’t actually hurt Mother Nature, which made her hit it harder.


This story is based on a title suggested by @KingKool.

Batman Goes to the Zoo

One day Bruce Wayne brought Dick Grayson to the Gotham City Zoo.

While they were there, they got caught up in, and foiled, a mobster’s nefarious mammal-smuggling scheme.

“This city is full of animals,” said Batman.

It was that kind of writing that threatened to kill the comic book industry.


This story is based on a title suggested by @Wear_Wolf.

Which One is a Pig?

“Pick a pig,” said the farmer. “Oh, Pig 3’s half price.”

Suzanna surveyed the oinking, grunting shapes wallowing in the sty. “Are you sure they’re all actually pigs?”

“‘Course I’m sure. I ain’t no swindler!”

“I only ask,” said Suzanna, “because Pig 3 looks like a stump with a tape recorder.”


This story is based on a title suggested by Michelle Sevenhuysen via Facebook.

TIM SEVENHUYSEN: The Vanishing Buttons

Jonathan had a special relationship with his shirt buttons.

You see, Jonathan was corpulent, rotund. He relied on his buttons to keep his portliness in check.

But Jonathan never said “Please” or “Thank you” to his buttons, and they got fed up.

So during an important meeting, they ran away.


This story is based on a title suggested by @kinogami.

Born For This

An ostrich, a penguin, and a barn swallow walk into a bar.

The ostrich and the penguin seem uncomfortable. “Are birds like us allowed here?” they ask nervously.

“Follow my lead,” says the barn swallow. “No one will bother you as long as you sit at the bar ‘n’ swallow.”


This story is based on a prompt suggested by @Matt_LRR.

NEWS: Valentine’s Day Contest

FiftyWordStories.com is holding a Valentine’s Day contest. Here’s the scoop: send in your Valentine’s Day-themed fifty-word story, based on the prompt given below, and you could win a copy of the Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One ebook!

The rules are as follows:

  • Your story must be composed of exactly fifty words, not including the title.
  • Your story must have a Valentine’s Day theme.
  • Your story must include the phrase “always and forever”.

Stories will be judged on their overall quality and creativity, and on how well they use the provided prompts. Make every word count, and think unconventionally: I want to smile, sigh, laugh, or have some other kind of emotional reaction.

The three best stories, as judged by myself, will be posted to the site on February 14, 2011, and the writer of the best story will receive the Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One ebook bundle (containing all three available file formats) via email.

Send your entries to tim@fiftywordstories.com, with “Valentine’s Day Contest” in the subject area. Include the story, a title, and a brief biography (one or two sentences) in the body of your email. Limit three entered stories per person. Entries close on February 11, 2011, at 11:59 PM Pacific time.

If you don’t have a lot of spending money lying around, this could be your chance to get your (electronic) hands on over five thousand words of microfiction. So get writing!

The 9th Ave Bawdy House

The residents of what was colloquially known as the 9th Ave. Bawdy House were sad souls. They had abrasive personalities, they ate their fingernails, and they performed their “Yes, pleases” and “No, thank yous” with their mouths and their hands, but never their eyes.

They were rescued, but never saved.


This story was based on a request for prompts in the form of three adjectives beginning with the letters A, B, and C. The adjectives abrasive, bawdy, and colloquial, were provided by @LorGraham.

Not Patronized by the Over-Surgerized

“It’s barbaric!” she shrilled, her artificially smoothened, partially atrophied face stiff with a show of haughty dismay. “The thought of consuming such a creature!”

The manager watched the woman wobble out on four-inch heels.

“The octopus offended her,” he whispered to the chef. “With her looks, it must’ve seemed cannibalistic.”


This story was based on a request for prompts in the form of three adjectives beginning with the letters A, B, and C. The adjectives atrophied, barbaric, and cannibalistic, were provided by @keab42.

TIM SEVENHUYSEN: Horse-Whale Hoedown

On Friday nights the walruses fight
They stab and tear and grimace
With merciless glee they redden the sea
The wounds they inflict are grievous

Alliances crumble, allegiances tumble
For walruses love to betray
Their blubbery bellies wriggle like jelly
With laughter, blood-lust, and dismay

On Fridays the walruses play


This story was based on a prompt from @Ad134, who responded to a call for two verbs and an adjective with laugh, betray, and blubbery. (I took a bit of liberty with “laugh,” though.)

Priscilla the Independent Porcupine

Priscilla the porcupine kept a tidy house. She dusted regularly and opened the windows so she could smell the lavender in the garden.

Hers was an idyllic home.

On Tuesdays she flew a flag and shot at the tax man. The one thing Priscilla loved more than tidiness was freedom.


Normally I try to take prompts from different people, but when @MisterFiendZero gave me this prompt, along with the previous one, I knew I had to go with both.