50-Word Stories 104

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What is a 50-Word Story? A 50-word story is a piece of fiction written in exactly 50 words. That doesn’t mean “roughly” 50 words; it doesn’t mean “as close to 50 words as possible”; it doesn’t mean 50 words or fewer. It means exactly 50 words. As with any other form of fiction, a 50-word story should have a beginning and an end, a plot and character development (even if they are only implied), and a theme, meaning, or purpose of some sort. Many 50-word stories are built around twists or climactic moments.

50-Word Stories
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Audience

Country of Publication

Open to a broad Audience. United States

Publication Medium & Frequency

E Electronic PublicationPublished 260 x per year.

Fiction Temp Closed

Dates:
Will be open to submissions from 01 December 2017 (11.4 days from now) through 15 December 2017. 1
Genres:
G General
O Open to all/most Genres
Styles:
Open to all/most Styles, including: Literary, Mainstream, Minimalist.
Topics:
Open to all/most Topics.
Types/Lengths:
TypeLength Details
Flash FictionExactly 50 words.
Payscale:
We do not list pay specifics. Check with the publisher for details.
N to P Pays occasionally, up to Professional payment (5 or more US cents per word).
Submissions:
ElectronicPostalReprintsSimultaneousMedia
OK No OK OKText format submissions
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  • Unless the publisher's guidelines state otherwise, always use industry standard manuscript formatting.
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Dates

Last Updated:
15 Nov 2017
Date Added:
10 May 2011