Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Words Contest!

Yay! it’s time for Vivian Kirkfield’s 2nd Annual #50Precious Words Contest!

(Loud cheering, please!)

The contest is based on the challenge from Bennet Cerf to Theodore Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss, to write a children’s book using only 50 words. True, the classic book, Green Eggs and Ham, has over 700 words…but in keeping with his challenge, the story only contains 50 unique words.


Vivian’s contest? 50 words total!

Coming in at exactly 50 words, here is my entry.


by Leslie L Goodman



Ten doggies at the pet store.

I’m sure I can’t decide.

Plump and shaggy, sleepy, happy,

wrinkled, and brown-eyed.


Then, over in the corner,

four puppies squirm and wiggle.

Seeing me they bound on over.

My insides start to giggle.


Although my house is small,

I’ll simply take them all.


I hope you’ll stop by on Friday, March 10th for my interview with picture book author, Janet Nolan. And because Friday is also Perfect Picture Book Friday, I’ll be reviewing her remarkable book, Seven and a Half Tons of Steel.

Seven and a Half Tons of Steel is a story that follows the journey of a steel beam that once belonged to the World Trade Center and became the bow of a navy ship.

Good luck to all who enter Vivian’s 50 precious Words Contest!

18 thoughts on “Vivian Kirkfield’s 50 Precious Words Contest!

    • Thank you, Vivian. I must have written three or four of these 50-word stories until I wrote this one and liked it best. Many thanks for hosting a terrific contest that forces writers to choose only the best words and leaves no space to waste words. This is a valuable exercise that helps in all areas of writing.


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