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A newborn unborn.

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My first 55 Fiction:

Inside the O.T. and forcing her mind off the pain, she tried to mentally celebrate the birth of the newborn.  A sudden glance at her husband and the doctor frames wiped off her smiles. Both hung their head low. Celebrations stopped. Titling her head to one side, she started weeping.

A girl child was born.

This work has been inspired by a series of news that I have been witnessing over the past couple of weeks. A woman was sent to life imprisonment recently for killing her newborn girl child(here). More recently, a couple tried to sell off a newborn girl child for Rs. 1000(here).

What is 55 Fiction?

55 Fiction is a form of microfiction that refers to the works of fiction limited to a maximum of fifty-five words.  The origin of 55 Fiction can be traced to a short story writing contest organized by New Times, an independent alternative weekly in San Luis Obispo, California, in 1987. The idea was proposed by New Times founder and publisher Steve Moss.

A literary work will be considered 55 Fiction if it has:

  1. Fifty-five words or less (A non-negotiable rule)
  2. A setting,
  3. One or more characters,
  4. Some conflict, and
  5. A resolution. (Not limited to moral of the story)
  6. The title of the story is not part of the overall word count, but it still can’t exceed seven words.

Written by Abhishek

January 12, 2010 at 7:52 PM

8 Responses

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  1. You keep participting a lot in these literary compos naa..will try to follow u 🙂


    January 12, 2010 at 9:50 PM

    • Not really. I like experimenting a lot, and these are outcomes of those experiments.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 12, 2010 at 11:10 PM

  2. dat was a true gem!!…55 fiction rocks!!!…


    January 12, 2010 at 11:56 PM

    • Thanks Samrat.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 12, 2010 at 11:58 PM

  3. Thanks for dropping by the blog. I like to read 55ers, they are really nice… yours was a simpler one that I read. Never the less- Lovely.


    January 13, 2010 at 12:29 AM

    • Thanks Sakshi. New to 55-Fictions, so will take time churning out tougher and complex ones. But, will definitely try something with twists and turns.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 13, 2010 at 12:38 AM

  4. Sad that a child’s gender matter to people even now but a good attempt at 55.


    January 13, 2010 at 12:44 PM

    • Sad but true. It still happens. For there seems to be no way of detecting many which goes unnoticed. Only a general awareness at the local village level can help it.

      Abhishek Datta

      January 13, 2010 at 1:03 PM

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