A Short Story in Less than 50 Words

Hi, everyone. This week’s creative theme, suggested by Leslie, is a challenge: have a go at writing a short story in 50 words or less.

Some might remember last year’s “flash fiction” competition at An Lanntair.  This is an even tighter word limit.  For a few pointers I am linking an article from the Guardian from 2012 by ultra short story specialist David Gaffney.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/may/14/how-to-write-flash-fiction

 

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Not a view from my window but the roof tops of Seville.

How many stories have happened under these roofs?

14 thoughts on “A Short Story in Less than 50 Words

  1. My sister sent me a photo
    Of the orange tree
    In her garden in Greece
    In Athens
    I got out my pencils and
    Sketched and drew
    A picture of those oranges
    About thirty three

    Urszula

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  2. Hilary Sludden has sent this story – Hilary wondered if others might like to continue it?

    Macey, continuing systematically to go through her mothers effects happened upon a green shoe box stuffed to the back of the tallboy in the guest room. The robust box’s lid was stuck down with parcel tape and smelt of patchouli. On opening Macey discovered size five platform shoes and newspaper cuttings.

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  3. Here is my 50 word story.

    It is entitled: All the Time in the World

    Trapped in my tape Tesco compartment. The woman in front picks soup and reads the label. She puts it back again. The woman behind tuts. The one in front dithers, mithers considers and reconsiders. Oh, is she about to move on? She picks up another tin and starts to read…

    Spencer

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  4. Hi here is my attempt at the follow on ‘chapter’ of Hilarys 50 word short story;

    Short Story Challenge

    Macey, continuing systematically to go through her mothers effects happened upon a green shoe box stuffed to the back of the tallboy in the guest room. The robust box’s lid was stuck down with parcel tape and smelt of patchouli, On opening Macey discovered size five platform shoes and newspaper cuttings. [part 1-Hilary Sludden]

    Macey found herself laughing uncontrollably at the sight of the black and white image of her mother staring out from newspaper clippings, dated 1974, dressed in the platform shoes, screaming hysterically at the Bay City Rollers who had played at the Winter Gardens Ballroom in her home town of Blackpool. [part 2-Rebecca Mahony]

    Anyone up for carrying it on?!!!

    Rebecca x

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      • Alison takes up the baton:

        Macey decided to try them on, they were a perfect fit!.
        She had an idea. She changed her shoes and went out. Blackpool High Street had plenty of charity shops so by the time she’d finished her shopping, she’d managed to buy a complete 70’s outfit and a battered LP of ‘Dedication’.

        [part 3-Alison Wagner]

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  5. Feeling more creative than normal as having a ‘short break’ this week : )
    Another little short story I wrote earlier on today.

    Covid-19 Bicycle Blues…

    Yesterday, riding my bike through deserted Stornoway townscape
    A gust of wind blows me of course and
    Inadvertently close to an oncoming pedestrian
    Invading their ‘safe space’
    I smile ‘sorry’ sensing their discomfort
    I try to move off swiftly, but am alert to the D R lorry looming close

    Rebecca Mahony

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  6. Urszula has sent us another short Spring story!

    A lovely sunny day
    walk down the hill
    No need for scarf
    Opened my jacket as quite warm
    Looked at the sheep eye to eye
    Went back up the hill
    Sketched the sheep with lambs
    It was very difficult to do
    To capture that look it gave me
    curiosity protectiveness

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  7. A (slightly more than) 50 words short story from Marie that I suspect will trigger ferry racing memories from many of us!

    On returning home for the holidays from Aberdeen as a student, as a student the train broke down. That meant we missed the time for the bus to Ullapool. We decided to take a taxi in the hope of making the ferry. We negotiated the bends very carefully and with a lot of faith we hoped to make it in time. The ferry held back 20 minutes to wait for us.

    Marie

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