Date Archives March 2017

Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Words Contest

Vivian Kirkfield is hosting another fun-filled 50-word writing contest! If you’re new to the game, here are the rules:

Write a story appropriate for kids ages 12 or under, with a beginning, middle, and an end, using only 50 words. The title is not included in the word count.

Easy, right? Ha. WRONG. But with constraints comes creativity! And the 49 words below have become precious to me, since they took me hours and hours to assemble just-so. The more I chipped and chiseled away, the more an underlying meaning revealed itself. Of course, this is just a children’s story about a frustrated zebra. (But pssst! There may be a layer of social commentary in there for tweens/teens/adults, too, if you care to “read between the stripes” ;-)!)

Izzy (or A Zebra & Her Hitchhikers)

Two birds perch

on Izzy’s back.

Two o’ pinions

white and black.

Feathered ‘friends’

who kindly


-where she should go!

-whom she should meet!

-what she should eat

for her ice cream:

“Choc’late!” “Vanilla!”

‘Til Izzy screams,


…Let ME be ME!

The birds depart.

Izzy is free.