99 Word Stories

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“Sunny” 99-word Stories

The Carrot Ranch May 16, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about when a newly released prisoner meets the disabled veteran who adopted the puppy the prisoner trained behind bars. The prompt is based on the short story Charli Mills wrote for Marsha Ingrao’s Story Chat. She asks us …

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My Image of Mom, #99Word Stories

The Carrot Ranch.com May 9, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a mom selfie — a story that creates an image of a mom. No one mom looks alike or fits a maternal mold. Who is she? Go where the prompt leads! Submit by May 15, 2022. If you want to …

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“Runway No. Nine,” #99-Word Stories

The Carrot Ranch April 25, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story using the phrase, “up and away.” You can imagine a story from the photo of hot air balloons, a flying superhero, a natural wonder, or any other direction your inspiration goes. Go where the prompt leads!     Submit …

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The Never-Ending Winter, #99-Word Stories

What is Carrot Ranch? I’ve had the privilege of writing with a great bunch of poets, writers, and authors over at carrotranch.com every week where we write 99-word stories. This is no simple task, but like syllabic poetry, it’s a study in brevity. Every week, our lead buckaroo, Charli Mills, gives us a prompt to …

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Reaching for Stars, tanka prose

I’m going to attempt a trifecta… three prompts combined to make one poem. First, I have Carrot Ranch at the 99-word story prompt (write a story using the phrase, water falls. Where is the water coming from? How does it shape a story? Who does it involve? Go where the prompt leads! Submit by April …

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Bon Appetit, 99-word story

The Carrot Ranch April 4, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story to explain “baby ducks ate my lunch.” How did that happen? Who is the protagonist? Where did the baby ducks come from? Go where the prompt leads! Submit by April 9, 2022. “Mom, Hancock ate my lunch again.” …

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The Ghost in the Machine – #99-word stories

The March 28, 2022, Carrot Ranch prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about disappearance. It can be an event, act, or subtle theme. Who or what disappears? Does it fade or explode? Can it be explained or experienced? Go where the prompt leads! Click here for more details. “I’m not …

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“Free Pie,” #99-Word Story

March 14, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about free pie. What kind of pie and freedom? Who is involved with pies? How is it free? Go where the prompt leads! Due by March 19, 2022. “Mom, where are you?” Helena burst into the kitchen, searching for her mother. …

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Introducing, the Robotic Writer: #99Word Stories

The Carrot Ranch March 7, 2022, prompt: In 99 words (no more, no less), write a story about a robotic writer. Is it an analogy or a battery-operated i-writer? Is it possible? What will happen if robots write? Go where the prompt leads. Submit by March 12, 2022.  “Ladies and gentlemen, let me introduce you …

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March 7: Story Challenge in 99-words

Check out this week’s Carrot Ranch #99-Word writing prompt. Join in!

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