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The Micro-Fiction Challenge

The Story of Humanity

By Kayleigh Fraser ✨Published 4 months ago Updated 4 months ago 2 min read
Top Story - March 2024
The Micro-Fiction Challenge
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It feels like forever since I was hanging out with my Vocal family and I truly have have missed you! I ventured back here a few times but I felt completely out of practice reading your poems and stories and overwhelmed by the amount of them!

In all honesty I am not quite sure where to begin again. My notifications here are overwhelming filled and my present situation has gifted me a rather short attention span lately.

I’m also incredibly wary of reading anything that may trigger fear in me and I know how many of you like to roam around the darkness with your writings! (whereas I have more than enough of that in reality!)

So in light of all of this - I am throwing my own welcome home party!

This Golden Ticket is an invitation especially for you to partake in an unofficial challenge with me.

especially for you

No prizes or rewards can be offered for your highly requested attendance - but then again, there’s also no entry fee 😉😅😆😂😇

(although if you’d like to pay one, please do so!)

By Tim Mossholder on Unsplash

Write the story of humanity and / or planet earth in exactly 50 words.

It can be be about the past, present or future. It can be fiction or non fiction. It can be from any perspective you wish to write it from. You can interpret this prompt in any way that you creatively choose. I want to see just how many ways this can be interpreted!

Go wild! Be free!

Don’t overthink… flow!

There is only one rule…and that is strictly no gore or horror type tales!

Please post your story in the comments and I will repost them here 👇👇👇👇👇👇

and on Sunday 31st of March (emergencies or disasters not withstanding) I will choose my top three favourites and fanfare them for all to see!

Ps. I still haven’t worked out why some of these links copy in a small format and others in a larger…. If anyone knows, please let me know in the comments.

Pps. Can’t be certain, but think it may be that the smaller ones were copied links from the app, and larger from browser. Will need to play about with this to find out. I dislike the lack of consistency in the formatting!

Ppps. I just copied the link from Mike’s story from the app - and it’s smaller again. I think my above theory is correct.

Pppps It has absolutely nothing to do with the app. It’s about the photo orientation 😂 (thank you Dana, there is no was I was working that out alone it seems 🤣)


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Kayleigh Fraser ✨

philosopher, alchemist, writer & poet with a spirit of fire & passion for all things health & love related 💫

“When life gives you lemons,

Know you are asking for them.

If you want oranges, focus on oranges”


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Comments (41)

  • JBaz4 months ago

    I managed to sneak another one in before the deadline. this was a great little challenge. https://vocal.media/fiction/such-a-tiny-thing

  • Christy Munson4 months ago

    Hi, again, Kayleigh. Here's my fifth and final entry! I had a blast writing all of my entries, and I appreciate your graceful acceptance and indulgence. https://vocal.media/poets/in-the-beginning-gwrr0wua

  • Christy Munson4 months ago

    Hi, again, Kayleigh. Here's my fourth entry! I added the Content Warning but I'm simply making the point that the use of guns should not be taken so lightly, as if it is an acceptable, commonplace thing. But there is nothing overtly horror/thriller/dark in the piece. https://vocal.media/poets/us-and-them-oqqj0wj0

  • Mackenzie Davis4 months ago

    Hey Kayleigh! I have a couple entries! A difficult one, but very fun once I got the rhythm down. :D Very happy to see you back and well. 💗 https://vocal.media/fiction/subterranean-purples https://vocal.media/fiction/the-forest-for-the-trees https://vocal.media/fiction/gentle-parenting-p26p0h8b

  • Christy Munson4 months ago

    So, I've gone overboard for this challenge! My third (and maybe final) entry for your reading delight. https://vocal.media/poets/i-give-you-the-world

  • Christy Munson4 months ago

    Me, again. I love the prompt so much, I've crafted another 50 word entry. https://vocal.media/poets/when-it-had-ended

  • Christy Munson4 months ago

    I've returned in the nick of time. Here's my 50 word entry. Enjoy. https://vocal.media/poets/god-s-prayer

  • Christy Munson4 months ago

    Congratulations on Top Story and welcome back! I'm looking forward to reading more of your writing, and to attempting to create a piece for this unofficial challenge.

  • Welcome back, I just sent my microfiction for this challenge. Very cool, I enjoyed it. I will post it here after it's published.

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    Yo, Kayleigh lass. Here is another one. https://vocal.media/fiction/in-meam-commemorationem

  • Joe O’Connor4 months ago

    Love the idea Kayleigh- the micro constraint is such a great way of getting people to write something that says all it needs to, and nothing more! There will be some insigthful entries in here I'm sure:)

  • D.K. Shepard4 months ago

    So...I wrote three. When I first read your challenge prompt, I thought "Cool, but I won't come up with anything" and here we are. I don't think the first one is horror, but I don't want to assume about others' sensitivities, so note it has elements of falling and darkness, therefore feel free to pass it over! This was a great exercise, so thank you! Never attempted such a short micro before! Also I don't want to take up too much of your time or entry space, so feel free to just look at one! 1. The Fall - https://vocal.media/fiction/the-fall-tj1az0c8l 2. The Wait - https://vocal.media/fiction/the-wait-hw3u0dbb 3. The Hope - https://vocal.media/fiction/the-hope-zj3y0dc4

  • Bhangs Corporation4 months ago

    This is really a different type of style to get comments and traffic on your post I really liked it

  • Dana Crandell4 months ago

    Kayleigh, the size of the link display depends on the orientation of the cover image.

  • Here's my little story. https://vocal.media/fiction/should-i-dq1rz01gn I have to get going and read all the others!

  • Poppy 4 months ago

    Oooh, what a great idea Kayleigh and welcome back! I'll try to come up with something. is there an end date for it?

  • Gabriel Huizenga4 months ago

    Really love all of these that I've read so far, and looking forward to reading more! Thank you so much for creating this space and inspiration, Kayleigh! Here's my bit :) https://vocal.media/fiction/while-watching-the-world-2y24c0x3x

  • Hannah Moore4 months ago

    I have had a go too, hard not to be gloomy! https://vocal.media/fiction/brief-histories

  • Welcome back… 10 days ago! I’m behind the times! This looks fun & I’m totally with you on not writing Horror etc.

  • JBaz4 months ago

    Ok, here is my entry into this strange and wonderful micro challenge, https://vocal.media/fiction/garden-of-eden-nb1f101ic

  • JBaz4 months ago

    I’m in, this looks like too much fun to pass up. I’ll write one and submit asap

  • Paul Stewart4 months ago

    Here is my first entry. It's painfully accurate, maybe...sorry it's so bloody depressing. lol. https://vocal.media/fiction/01-01-2080-the-end

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