50 Precious Words 2023


I love writing contests! They are a great way to stretch your creative muscles, and often my entries turn into longer stories, or sometimes even stories suited for magazines.

The 50 precious words contest was started in 2016 and the entries get better every year. It’s amazing that anyone can take just 50 words and turn it into an entire story.

If you don’t believe me, head over to Vivian Kirkfield’s blog and see for yourself!

Here’s my entry, dedicated to my dachsund, Molly, who we lost in 2020.

4 thoughts on “50 Precious Words 2023

  1. I completely agree with you! Writing contests are a fantastic way to challenge ourselves and hone our craft. I’ve entered a few in the past and I always find that the prompts and limitations actually help me to be more creative. It’s interesting that you mentioned the 50 precious words contest because I’ve heard of it before but haven’t participated yet. I’ll definitely have to check it out after reading your post. Your dedication to your dachsund, Molly, is so sweet and touching. Losing a pet is never easy and it’s wonderful that you were able to pay tribute to her through your writing. Have you entered any other writing contests recently? I’m always on the lookout for new ones to try.


    1. Yes, that’s why I love them, too! If you scroll down on my blog posts you can see some others I have entered. There’s Spring Fling (should be coming up soon!), Fall Writing Frenzy, Kid’s Choice, Suzanna Hill’s contests (Valentiny, Halloweenie, and a holiday one) and my critique group has one called KitLitVibes we run on Twitter. If you haven’t yet, check out the kidlit community on Twitter. It is awesome!


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