History of the Six Word Short Story: Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a complete story in six words. Here is what he wrote: “For sale: baby shoes, never used.” Some people say it was written to settle a bar bet. Others say it was a personal challenge directed at other famous authors. But it proves that it is possible to create a short story with just six words.

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What story can you tell in six words?

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Those that take up the challenge often say it is habit forming. Start with one six word story and soon you’ll be waking up at 2 am, grabbing a pencil to jot down another one. Take a look at our past winners for inspiration and then get started. See “Prizes” for a list of what you could win. Your $10.00 entry fee lets you enter up to three short stories. Who knows, you might be our next “Six Word Master Storyteller”!

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