25-Word Challenge

Using only 25 words or less, write a story about the human condition. Sad, funny, your choice as to the tone, as long as it's about the interaction between people or with a person themselves.

"Robert Swartwood was inspired by Ernest Hemingway's possibly apocryphal six-word story - 'For Sale: baby shoes, never worn' - to foster the writing of these incredibly short-short stories. He termed them 'hint fiction' because the few chosen words suggest a larger, more complex chain of events."

The contest winner will win half of the prize pool of 64.00 member dollars. In this contest at least 2 submissions must be made for the vote to begin.

Deadline: Contest is closed. Deadline was Thursday, December 31, 2020.

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If a word count is not specified above there is no word count requiment. Recommended length is 5,000 words or less.

This contest is open to all members. Past contest winners can join the contest. A voting booth will be created shortly after the deadline is reached. At that time all participants will be contacted so they can vote.

The voting booth will include this summary of the contest:

    25 words or less that center around the interaction between people or about a person themselves. Not nature, animals, etc.

This contest is full. There are no reserved spots remaining. There are a limited number of entries. A vote by writers will determine the winner. The decision is final. All members that submit a work are encouraged to vote. One entry per person. New entries to the site only. If you already posted a work on FanStory.com that work is not eligible for a contest.

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Deadline: Thursday, December 31, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.

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