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    Micro-story writing contest- Write shortest stories and win prizes!

    Let us have another micro-fiction writing contest now. A micro-fiction is a story told in its shortest form. The writer is expected to restrict his story to not more than fifty words but a micro-story should have a beginning, the middle portion and a conclusion as in any other short story. In short, it should be a complete story expressed in very few words.

    What you have to do-

    1. Post your micro-story here as a response to this thread only. Please understand what a micro-story is (as mentioned above) before you begin writing.

    2. You can post up to a maximum of three entries. Each entry should be posted as separate responses. As you can submit only two consecutive responses in a thread, just wait for the response of others, if you want to submit more.

    3. You may or may not provide a title to your story.

    4. The story should not contain more than 50 (fifty) words. The title will not be counted.

    5. All members including Editors can participate and all the entries would be awarded suitably.

    6. The posting guidelines as laid down will squarely apply for this contest also. Any entry that violates the guidelines will be rejected without any explanation.

    7. Any response other than entries would be summarily rejected. Queries, if any, may be sent to the author of this thread via the ISC Message mode.

    The best story will receive a cash reward of Rs 75/- and the next two entries will receive Rs 40/- each. Other eligible entries may also be given enhanced points or cc or both. ISC admin will be at liberty to change the prize amount or the number of prizes according to the number of entries received.

    The closing date for this contest is 22 January 2022.

    Note- The decision of the jury selecting the winners would be final.

    So, wake up your creative cells and get cracking.
  • #749627
    At the age of 54 Sudha was elated as she draped her new silk saree which looked awesome.

    As she was thinking of wearing it for the festival,her granddaughter grabbed it and thanked her for the gift.

    She silently parted with it thinking" Giving is more joyful than receiving"

  • #749629
    It started raining and Rohit was peddling his bicycle to house when he spotted Meena, his classmate and neighbour, standing under the shop shade. He signalled her to wait. She knew that Rohit was always by her side. A few minutes later he was there with the umbrella.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #749631
    Once a girl helped a poor boy by giving him a glass of milk.

    After several years this girl fell sick.She was not able to pay the hospital bill.

    But, when the bill was paid, it was written 'Paid in full, with a glass of milk.'


    " The two most important days in your life are the day when you are born and the day you find out why? "
    – Mark Twain

  • #749634
    The unforgettable gift
    It was little Sunil's grandpa's birthday next week.
    He wanted to gift a pair of walking shoes to him and
    broke open his piggy bank and ordered it online.
    His grandpa although a rich man considered it to be the best present he received in his life.

  • #749635
    Deepali was not in a mood to appear for the medical entrance test due to paralysis of her mother.
    I guessed her disappointment but later she accepted my proposal to reach the centre in the car driven by me. Now she is a successful doctor in Kolkata.

  • #749637
    An old woman had five sons. She worked hard for their children. One day she fall ill but no one son came for help. Knowing their children behaviour she always helped them. One day one of her neighbour asked" Why are you helping to your bad children "? Then old lady replied " Son can be wicked but mother can't".

  • #749638
    This is a story about a ardent devotee who is seeking blessing of Lord Ganesha and promised to break 108 coconuts and started the prayers and even started breaking the coconuts. In the beginning he was having good confidence and the God would be pleased and he can stop in middle. He was keeping on breaking coconut and 107 number finished. Now he lost control and broke the last one on the head of the idol and thus lost the prayers. For everything patient needed till last drop.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #749639
    Once a old person was leaving abroad and asked to sign immigration papers but he choose to thump impression for which the immigration official asked as to why he is not signing. For which he gave the reply that the reason for his going abroad is to study then how can he know the signature. There is no age limit for studying.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #749645
    Rajan from a rich family and Soma, an office assistant, from a poor family loved each other. Soma did not disclose her address with Rajan. One day when she returned from work she found Rajan bringing gifts and chit chatting with her parents. Tears rolled down on her cheeks.
    Knowledge is power.

  • #749656
    The audience in the stadium were silently watching the last delivery where six runs needed to win the semi-Finals. Rakesh came down the pitch; mishit the ball, the skull cap got removed. Alas! The team pulled out of the tournament; a tragic end of a great warrior too!

  • #749659
    A boy was precariously hanging on the tree branch and screaming for help. There came a voice and asked him to leave two hands so that total surrender to help can be deemed. After a thought the boy screamed, is there any one else who can help me out without the preconditions. Have faith in yourself and have faith on others.
    K Mohan
    'Idhuvum Kadandhu Pogum "
    Even this challenging situation would ease

  • #749670
    Once Albert Einstein was teaching his students he wrote the table of 9. At the end he wrote 9 multiplied by 10 = 99. All children started telling him Sir, it's 90 not 99 then Albert Einstein told I knowingly everything wrote it wrong. This shows that whatever you do people will always try to search your faults.

  • #749671
    The sand heap that saved the boy

    Ram, a 4-year boy and his friends are flying their kites from the top of the building and enjoying. Ram slipped down from there. All the children started crying.
    Ram's mother saw Ram getting up safely from the sand heap on the side of their wall and thanked God.

    always confident

  • #749686
    Periods, not something to be shamed. Mensuration is not a topic to be hushed. It is just a natural process.
    Ranjana, a successful gynaecologist, addressed the conference with these words.
    In her mind ran the picture of her grandmother telling her to stay out of the kitchen during those days.

    "It is hardest thing in the world to be good thinker without being a good self examiner"

  • #749696
    Kritarth parked his bike and rushed to the man lying across the road. But lo! As apprehended, the man sprang up, pointed his knife at Kritarth, took his bike and zoomed away right in front of his eyes. And there sat Kritarth on the road - stumped and dumbfounded.

  • #749698
    A small function was there in my house. I was busy in kitchen. My mother and mother-in-law was also present. Kitchen was watery. By Chance my leg slipped and fell down on the ground. Seeing this my mother- in-law laughed but my mother ran for help. Mother- in- law can never be mother.

  • #749702
    News flash - IITian died by suicide.
    People scoffed only a coward, a weakling who can't cope up die such a way.
    But a mother sulking at the corner knew how brave her son was who fought against all the odds, penury and hardships. It is a murder, a system that killed him.

    "It is hardest thing in the world to be good thinker without being a good self examiner"

  • #749705
    Purpose of life
    Mom watered a plant on some specific days. She said "I water this plant on days which end great, so , I get a reason to start again". Mom and the plant is no more, but I water a plant regularly with a message, let's make everyday great.

    Believe in the existence of God the superpower.

  • #749707
    Self love

    A cake arrived at the door step on 14th February with a note on it mentioning,
    To me from me with love.
    Not everyone needs someone else to celebrate the special day. Sometimes all you need to celebrate is YOU.

    Believe in the existence of God the superpower.

  • #749709
    Title: Taste of Sacrifice is sweet:-

    No one is around. Chandru picked the fiver coin from under his feet .
    Now he can buy his favourite Pepsi .
    Suddenly, a beggarwoman came begging to him. A lump in his throat; but calmly he dropped the coin on her palm. Pepsi can wait till mother gives money.

  • #749710
    Title: Doubt can almost kill

    No more interested?. Is he quitting? Did my anger hurt him?. Why not answering? Her heart started aching.
    Suddenly mobile sounded. He was on the line. "Dear my phone got lost. Bought a new phone and activated duplicate SIM."
    She jumped, cooed; hugged and kissed the phone.

  • #749721
    "One day you will sit here in the place of the beggar if you continue " said Ravi as Sita was giving the blind woman fifty rupees. She was sure that she will get blessings in place of money. "The blessings I will receive is equivalent to thousand rupees " she replied .

  • #749747
    Water only is her food

    Sita is hungry and thinking of purchasing rice and cooking the food with the little money available. A knock at the door. She opened the door. Her husband came inside. Shouted and snatched the money for his drink. Sita, a glass in her hand, started moving towards the tap.

    always confident

  • #749771
    Mohit is driving the scooter very fast. He is thinking about the words he has to hear if he is late to the office. A small boy came running before the scooter. Mohit comes out of his thoughts and applied sudden breaks and somehow accident is averted. Mohit thanked God.
    always confident

  • #749772
    Title - Single mom is a challenge in itself

    Krishna was very happy, he was getting Award for Best Employee, standing on the stage holding award.

    People were cheering with applause because he crossed a challenge.

    Krishna was looking his mother he knew that the biggest challenge was for her, who raised him by being a single mother

  • #749786
    Raju named that stray dog as Jack. He always gave some snacks to Jack. Madan did not like that and mocked him.
    One day when Raju was feeding Jack, Madan pushed him. Jack saw it and jumped and tore Madan's clothes. Madan escaped and stopped mocking Raju.

    Knowledge is power.

  • #749790
    Sitting on the sand of the shore, Kranti in deep thoughts; seriously watching the waves and tides. Unexpectedly a warm hand on his shoulder; silently looked back at Sirisha and gently held her hand. She whispered, "Would you hold like this forever?" A much awaited dream came true!

  • #749791
    "Sometimes it works without a plan, allow things to happen; you just need to breathe", said Jagdeep. "Keeping cool won't work my dear, you have to properly coordinate the things", replied Arnab.
    "Both versions, if put together; hope it would work", added Jagdeep.
    And the event was a grand success!


  • #749796
    It was tough to enter the room. He was perspiring had a parched throat but decided not this time.
    He will not run this time and entered the room for a walk-in-interview. He couldn't answer well, not even things he knew yet he came out smiling. It was still a victory over his fears.

    "It is hardest thing in the world to be good thinker without being a good self examiner"

  • #749824
    There was a very religious lady. One day she felt ill to an extent that she could not get up and thought God will improve her and didn't go to the doctor.

    She got well after the medications. And came to know that you have to work for yourself.


    " The two most important days in your life are the day when you are born and the day you find out why? "
    – Mark Twain

  • #749827
    Title: Like a rebirth

    She was tense. With all precautions why it happened? How can she face people now? Will she be ostracized and kept closed inside a room for fourteen days? Will she be critical?
    "Don't worry dear", Her husband almost yelled. "Result came now. You are Covid negative".
    She felt reborn.

    (Note: This is my third entry for this Micro story contest. The other two are #749709 & #749710)

  • #749841
    Rich in friendship

    Sneha's closest schoolmates went to pay their last respects after her sudden demise. These once-close friends had drifted away due to superiority complexes borne from professional success. Sneha, even being the most successful, kept all her friendships intact. Meeting again, the estranged friends realised that Sneha had died the richest.


  • #749866
    When Vaishali came by, Sarita quickly got in. She turned with a smile, saw the strained look on her friend's face, and only then felt the presence in the back seat. A stranger was pointing a gun at her friend. Observation and alertness were not her forte.
    When you make a commitment, you create hope. When you keep a commitment you create trust! ~ John C. Maxwell

  • #749899
    A parrot and an owl were good friends. When one slept, the other was awake because of their different nature. In this way, both were safe. When both became separated, then a cat took the chance. Someone told the truth that "We are stronger together than we are alone."

  • #749912
    A beggar was getting wet in the rain of winters as he had no place to hide. Shubham offered him an umbrella.

    After a few days, an accident occurred, and no one was checking the person, then the beggar took Shubham to the hospital.

    So good karma bears good fruit.


    " The two most important days in your life are the day when you are born and the day you find out why? "
    – Mark Twain

  • #749920
    Man proposes, God disposes

    He is feeling good and quite happy as he will be released from the hospital tomorrow. The family members were also awaiting his return and suddenly, the news came around midnight. He developed serious complications for which they transferred him to the ICU.

    He never returned.


    "Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"

  • #749940
    Sameer was troubled because of his neighbour's carpentry work. Getting irritated from the noise Sameer fought with him. Once, when Sameer was out of town, his son got locked in his room and asked for help. Then this neighbour came to help. This incident ended Sameer's annoyance for him forever.

  • #749945
    The awakening

    Sumit never listened to the warnings of his parents and continued fiddling with the smartphone. The distressing news of accidents caused by smartphones couldn't deter him from looking at the screen all the time. He realized his fault the day he was badly hit by a bicycle.


    "Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"

  • #749948
    A surprising experience

    Soumen, a professional singer, overheard an enchanting voice singing one of his songs coming from his younger brother's room. He peeped into that room and was stunned. It was his brother singing superbly without formal training and lack of interest. After much convincing, a musical duo, Rhythmic Brothers, was formed.


  • #749951
    Nisha was waiting for her turn in an auditorium. She was going to dance for the first time after her accident. During her performance, suddenly, her prosthetic leg fell out. Everyone was shocked, including her as well. But she continued dancing. Everyone was giving a standing ovation with tearing eyes.

  • #749952
    Special bonding

    Seema was in the eleventh class when she had to change her school. She missed her old friends, so she mostly remained quiet in school. One day she got severely injured in school. The classmates helped Seema in every possible manner, and she gradually developed a special bond with them.


  • #749959
    Everyone needs a friend

    She comes to the park but sits at the corner of a bench with her mother. At times, she laughs and points to other kids. Curious little Rishi wanted to make a friendship. He went to her with outstretched arms only to find a cold reaction from an autistic child.


    "Life is easier when you enjoy what you do"

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