Very Short Story Contest—2024

We asked you to write a great short story in ten words or fewer.

Here we present the winners:


She asked the stranger to do her laces.

"Sure, mom."

Alice Woods
Copenhagen, DK


LOST: Champion canary. Reward.

FOUND: Cat. Black. Well fed. Smug.

Cindy Strube
Petaluma, CA

Mom, he has a gun. I love you. (Read 9:15pm)

Mary Motyka
Indianapolis, IN

Randy understood "help" in eight languages. He'd never left Texas.

Yogyata Davé
Delaware, OH
The contest is closed.