Looking for more in 50 Word Fiction?

November 2022 winners – young writers

In November we asked for stories featuring an umbrella.

Congratulations to the winners of our November competition. Feeling inspired? Have a go at this month's prompt.

Young writers (12–18) winner

Julia Zheng, age 14

Thousands of grey, monotonous umbrellas. Sharp, grimy raindrops. Dull faces. Precise marches, formation. Blankness stretched out, until a flaming speck appeared. The girl clutching the fiery umbrella smiled shyly. None smiled back, but converged and dispersed. The child was gone. The umbrella, trampled, faded into the sooty colour of others.

Young writers (5–11) winner

Josh Smith, age 11

The bright red umbrella purposefully glided down to the black sand in a black and white world. As soon as it hit the ground, the sand turned dull yellow. It flew around, changing buildings to bright colours. The dull people stared in disbelief as the umbrella's redness began to fade.

Gaelic winner

Orrin Cooper, age 9

Chaidh Boba Fett gu Beul Feirste. Cheannach e sgàil-uisge. Chaidh e a-muigh agus thòisich an sgàil-uisge a’ dol suas agus suas, agus an uair sin bha Boba Fett anns na sgòthan. Chunnaic e caisteal mòr anns na sgòthan agus chaidh e a-steach. Chunnaic e fuamhaire agus ruith e air falbh. 

Translation by Gaelic Books Council

Boba Fett went to Belfast. He bought an umbrella. He went outside and the umbrella began going up and up, and then Boba Fett was in the clouds. He saw a big castle in the clouds and he went inside. He saw a giant and he ran away.