The 50 Word Fiction Competition
Can you write a story in just 50 words?
Each month we’ll provide a prompt to get you started, but where the story goes from there is entirely up to you.
The competition includes two categories, All-Age and Young Writers (under the age of 18). All stories will be judged by the same panel and both winning stories will be published on our website.
A prize will be awarded to a writer in each category:
- All-age Category: A Writing Mug from The Literary Gift Company.
- Young Writers Category: A selection of fantastic books.
Whether you're a seasoned writer or you've always fancied picking up a pen, why not give it a go?
Need some inspiration or tips? Read our 50 Word Fiction blogs.
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How to enter
The competition is currently closed.
The next round will open on Monday 3 November 2014.
If you have any questions about the competition, please send them to: email@example.com
The prompt: Write a story set on a spaceship
All-age category winning story by Tim Cassford:
Galen looked out from the command seat, laser-blasts still ringing in his ears. A million stars regarded him in silence.
Doors hissed open. Yorgen entered, his face pale.
"Does... Does it get easier?"
Galen turned back to the view. The previous crew were drifting past; corpses crusted with frost.
Young Writers category winning story by Hannah Ledlie (aged 16):
The youngest girl in space was too small to see out the windows.
“What’s going on daddy?”
She looked up at the man whose hand clutched hers, whose eyes looked down on Earth in a way that would never be replicated; reflecting fire, dancing.
“Nothing,” he replied, drawing her close.
Read all the previous winning stories here.