In 1987, Steve Moss, who published New Times, a weekly newspaper, announced a writing contest. Yep, must contain all of the elements of a story, but no more than 55 words. Since then, the idea seems to have taken off. Some folks have modified the concept somewhat; using 100, 500, or other word maximums. Many continue with the 55 limit; in fact, some use exactly 55 words. Yes, their stories are never less nor more than 55 words. I just went to Wikipedia (June 6, 2011), and sadly learned that Mr. Moss died. This is from Wikipedia… Stephen Donnellan Moss, died on April 24, 2005, of complications of epilepsy. Mr. Moss was 56.