Sunday, June 5, 2011

55 Word Challenge Week 3

55 Word Fiction: Week 3

It’s that time for 55 Word Fiction! I hope you all are having as much fun as I am. For those of you not familiar with 55 Word Fiction, it is a story told in 55 words or less. It doesn’t have to be horror, though that is my favorite. However I am not the judge, last week’s winner is and whoever wins this week gets to judge next week. The winner will also win a cop of one of my e-shorts, either a pdf copy or I can give you a coupon from smashwords to download whatever version you prefer.

Below are a few examples of 55 Word Fiction

The Willow Tree
By Lisa McCourt Hollar

He felt the breeze blow through his hair and imagined her voice whispering in his ear.  He sat under the willow tree, remembering  the last time they had spoken.

“I saw you, don’t deny it! I’m telling everyone what you did!”

He chuckled. Hard to speak when you’re dead and buried beneath a willow tree.

Last week’s winner was Bumfuzzled with his 55 word story, Supper Time. He will be the judge this week.

    Supper Time
By bumfuzzled

    Dinner came to those who waited patiently around the table. The apple in Dinner's mouth looked like a gag from some seedy BDSM shop in Lower Manhattan. Dinner's head--the only part left to move--swung. Dinner's fear-filled eyes took in their smiles, as they picked up knifes and forks.

A really close 2nd was Thomas Scopel with this story

Being Bugged
By Thomas Scopel

My palm itched. I scratched deeply. Digging harder, surface blood flows, forcing flaky bits of red tainted flesh underneath my fingernails. They’re not long enough and the itch dives deeper, fades from my palm, into my wrist, and begins striking up my arm. My nails follow and I feel unclean. The worm is moving again…

Ok, so the only rule is to have fun and keep it at 55 words  or under. Post in the comment section below. If for some reason you can not post it...sometimes blogger gets a bit wonky, then email me your submission at and I will post it for you. Now GO!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

55 Word Fiction
 It is time again for 55 Word Fiction! Write a story in 55 words or less and place it in the comment section below. The contest will end at midnight tonight. Tomorrow our 2 judges, Stacey Turner and Jenelle Jenson, who won last week, will announce the winner, (or winners). The winner will get to judge next weeks contest as well as win a free copy of one of my e-shorts!

Now if you don't know what 55 word fiction is, here is an example. 

Dinner Music 
by Lisa McCourt Hollar

Stacey opened her eyes. What had happened? She’d been walking home, thanks to her cars meltdown and something had come at her. Suddenly she screamed, remembering what she had seen before falling and hitting her head. No one heard her though, except the half man…half something else and to him, her screams were dinner music.

And these stories from last weeks winners!

The Ghost
by Stacey Turner

The hairs on the back of John’s neck stood up. Psychic, he knew how his body reacted before he saw a ghost.

He glanced around the room. Someone near the casket noticed him.

“John?” she said, fainting. Was that his sister? John stared in confusion. Speechless, he glanced in the coffin. His body lay inside.

No Other Choice
by Janelle Jensen

He stared at the body lying before him. Her dead eyes stared accusingly. He dropped to his knees and plunged in. Hot blood wept over his hands and forearms, drenching the ground below. His hands closed around something solid, and he desperately withdrew his prize. Soaked in viscous fluid and shivering, the tiny calf bawled. 

Ok, so now you give it a try and have fun with it!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

55 Word Challenge

55 Word Challenge
by Lisa McCourt Hollar
Have you ever tried to write a story in 55 words or less?  This kind of writing is a form of microfiction and is, in my opinion, quite a challenge.  I have attempted 55 word fiction a few times in my life.  It is a challenge to put all the elements that a story requires into such a small format. It is however fun!

So I am issuing a challenge this Sunday morning. Write a 55 word story and post it in the comment section below. I am hoping to run this every week as a Sunday Shorts competition. I cannot afford to give an award, but I will give the winner one of my e-books, winners choice.
I will pick the winner this week. If anyone is interested in guest judging in the next contest let me know!

Below are examples of 55 word fiction I have written in the past. I hope you enjoy them and add your own to the comment section below.


Eyes gleaming, Bob told the telemarketer just what he thought of her, throwing in a few choice names for good measure. Later that night Bob’s phone rang busy, the cord tied around his neck.
The lesson learned? Be careful what you say to a telemarketer. If she has your phone number, she has your address.


Tommy’s New Toy

Spiraling upward, towards the sun, the swallow rejoiced in the beautiful spring day. Diving towards his nest, he playfully teased his mate. Spreading his wings, he glides above the earth singing songs of love. It is wonderful to be alive.

The calm of the morning was shattered by the sound of Tommy’s new b.b. gun.


The Cliff

Sabrina hung to the edge of the cliff, fingers aching. She tried clawing her way to the precipice from which she’d toppled, but the jagged overhang dug into her fingers. She was sure she would lose her grip, falling to the terrain below.

“For the last time, go to bed!”

Closing her book, Sabrina sighed.



The zombie held up his hands, warding off the diving vultures. The scavengers were not accustomed to their prey walking around; usually the dead just lay, waiting to be consumed. Rotting meat was rotting meat however and vultures weren’t known for being picky. Soon it became fashionable for the living to keep vultures as pets. 

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