A Thousand Ideas In Fifty Words

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  1. Joe Riley

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    "In April, 1999, we invited you to submit stories of no more, and no fewer, than 50 words to our mini-saga competition. By the end of May, we had received more than 9,000 entries, from all over the world, and from people of all ages".

    Tom Payne joined a panel of celebrity judges to find the winners of The Telegraph's ever-popular mini-saga competition.


    First Prize

    War And Pieces by Mary Ann Slater


    "Edge pieces first," he decrees.


    All others are rounded up, segregated.



    "Blues into the blue pile, browns into the brown. Do not mix them."



    My moves are restricted (a tree here, a cloud there), while he attacks the castle.



    I smuggle a piece into my pocket: the revolution has begun.


     
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    Two more fifty Word Short Stories!

    March 23, 2016 2 notes
    A History of Aliens
    The flying saucer spiraled out of control. Hit a radio tower before ricocheting off a mountain spur. The dizzy aliens thought they were on their home planet, where they were called “Ezees.” They tried to explain this to paramedics, but were forever known as E.T.’s. The acronym is a lie.

    March 23, 2016
    But they still suck
    Gregory hated the name Gregory. Ralph hated the name Ralph. They thought about what to do. Morning disc jockeys? Evil henchmen? No. They’d fight crime together. Until they were framed for burglary. So they said. But, they never went to prison, and thus, they were never teased for their names.
     
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    Second Thoughts

    He stood on the edge. This was his moment. Fear would soon be gone. Pain, anxieties would no longer exist. This was the end. He stepped off. Plummeted into exhilaration and happiness. Yes, some would call him a coward. Most would understand. Wouldn’t they? But, what if … wait! No!
     
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    Oh those are some interesting and innovative indeas and short stories for sure. I don't think I am going to take part in the competition though. My brain is tired and my mood is kind of like the weather outside, overcast and gloomy. However, I do like what has been presented already. It seems really interesting.!
     
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    I'm not going to enter the competition either - I think it's too late anyway. I did enjoy the challenge of writing a complete story in exactly 50 words; It went through many revisions!
     
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    I am not a story teller.
     
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    You inspired me Bill.;)

    I am not a story teller kind of feller. I do not speak softly, as I am more of a yeller!
    All kinds make tracks through my life’s trail, to no avail.
    I scout the trail every day and rake the path anew, only to avoid a story or two.
     
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