Bosco – #50PreciousWords Contest


…And we’re back just in time for another round of writing contests!

For those just tuning in, a few weeks ago I tried my hand at entering Susanna Hill’s 4th Annual Valentiny Writing Contest and was lucky enough to have my entry “Cupid’s Last Card” make the ballot of twelve finalists. The story walked away with an Honorable Mention after voting was finished, but I’m still incredibly honored that my first time up at bat was so well received and thankful to all the judges and readers who gave that grumpy old cherub a little of their time. He says the attention will help keep him honest, but when’s the last time you trusted a cherub?


So what’s next?

Vivian Kirkfield’s #50PreciousWords Contest, that’s what.

Like I mentioned during Susanna’s contest, I enjoy restrictions. They force me to step out of my comfort zone and really analyze and finesse my work in ways that I might not (immediately) do so. But whereas the Valentiny Contest gave us a generous 214 words to work with, Vivian’s tournament cuts storytelling to the marrow: just fifty words to convey a complete narrative. No fluff, no frills, just pure impact.

Sounds like fun!

My entry for this competition is an idea that I’m hoping to flesh into a full PB manuscript for 12×12 this year. Seeing as how I’ve been envisioning it as a text-light tale to begin with, I thought that it would be a natural choice for Vivian’s contest.

Be sure to head over to Vivian’s blog to check out the other amazing submissions. Clearly these restrictions have been inspiring the creativity and talent of many other writers out there. I’ve got my work cut out for me.

See you all after the show.



by José Cruz

[50 words]

The box holds memories of magic:

Rusted bullhorn.

Sawdust smell.

Greasy rainbow paints.

Laughter bubbling from a peppermint tent.

Me: front row. Your biggest fan.

The show is over, but I’m still here.

And I’m learning to smile again.

Bosco: greatest clown that ever lived.

Greatest grandpa who ever was.


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