The 26 Word Story | Elementary Edition

A little while ago, I had a contest asking people to submit a 26-word story, each word of which progress alphabetically. Refer here to see my example.

When my sister-in-law, a teacher in North Carolina, saw the prompt, she decided to show it to her classroom. After posting my story on the board, she gave the students a few minutes to look it over before asking them what made it unique. After a few guesses, the kids discovered the secret and were tasked with creating a story of their own using the same restrictions.

Posted below are a couple of the stories that my sister-in-law got back. I was deeply impressed with their efforts, as it is quite difficult to come up with sentences (that make sense) out of the X, Y and Z.

Story 1 (courtesy of Marisol, age 9) – At baker’s cape, Dilan eats fifty gushy hotdogs. Italian juice killed Luis. Monkeys never out push. Quin ran steady traveling. Unicorns view white x-rays yelling Zebra

Story 2 (courtesy of Gabe, age 10) – Anthony bellowed carelessly down. Evil falcon gulped him inside. Jelly killed limping monkeys. Numb opened possums quivered. Reptiles stared terrified. Unusually, very worried xylophones yelped, zoomed.

On a related note, stay tuned this week for the next wordplay contest.

Flash Fiction Challenge | The 26 Word Story

Here’s the challenge: Write a 26 word story, using the words in alphabetical order. Here’s my example:

Can you write a story using 26 words in alphabetical order?Arthur Bellows came down effortlessly, falling.
Hit innocently?
Laughter maniacal.
Now others peered quizzically ’round Sir Thomas.
“Unfortunate,” eXplained Vicar Wilson. “Yahweh’s Zephyr.”

If you have a blog, leave a link in the comments. If you don’t, just leave the story as a comment so we can enjoy your work.

I’ll be awarding three copies of T. S. Eliot’s The Waste Land and Other Poems at random to participants who get their submissions in before May 31st.