2022 50 Precious Words

Well, it’s been a minute. But this return-of-the-blog post is brought to you by none other than Vivian Kirkfield’s amazing #50PreciousWords contest. The challenge is to write a story with a beginning, middle, and an end, in 50 words or less! It feels impossible at first but pop over to Vivian’s page to see how many amazing stories can be told in a bite-size snapshot!

Art by Vicky Fang

 Click here for more details about this amazing contest. This year Vivian added a wonderful new literacy initiative to the challenge! I’ve added more information below my story.

It’s Hard to Say “I’m Sorry”
By Nicole Loos Miller
50 words

Awesome toys,
and tons of fun!

Tug-of-war and
broken wheels.
Hurt feelings, 
falling tears.

I didn’t mean it.
How did it all

Glue and scissors,
tape and ribbon,
markers, paper, glitter, too.

It’s hard to say 
“I’m sorry,”
but it’s worth it
when it’s you. 

You can read all the #50PreciousWords stories in the comments on the contest page.

This year, Vivian partnered with her local independent bookstore, The Bookery, in Manchester, New Hampshire. She’s asking each writer who posts an entry to purchase a children’s book which will be donated to McDonough Elementary, Merrimack Middle, and Memorial High School.
The link to the bookstore is here: shopbookerymht.com. Check off ‘pick up in store’ – the store will hold the books until the contest is over and delivery will be coordinated between Vivian and the bookstore. When you buy the book, either online or over the phone, please let them know that this is for #50PreciousWords so it can get to the right place!

Struggle Bus, written and illustrated by Julie Koon

I purchased THE STRUGGLE BUS for the literacy initiative. It’s written and illustrated by my amazing critique partner, Julie Koon. You can purchase the book here through the Bookery or here, if interested. The book comes out on March 8! (Spoiler alert: it’s wonderful!)

Thank you for reading! Hope your day has a glitter-heart-vibe!

Published by Nicole Loos Miller

Mama, LCSW, member of SCBWI and 12x12. Sometimes I laugh at my own jokes and I never get enough sleep. Also, I think you are great.

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