Pillar House Press just hosted its first six-word story contest and received a ton of excellent submissions! In fact, it was so much fun, we’ll definitely be hosting another one soon.
Before we get to the results, what is a six-word story exactly? Well, it’s a story told in six words—no more, no less. Ernest Hemingway did it first:
For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
The idea is to imply an entire tale—perhaps not every detail but the idea—in a fragment of text. It is almost like poetry; it can be fiction, truth, or a blend of both; and it is extremely fun.
But now for our results:
The winner of this contest is Stephen Shutters! Congratulations, Stephen! Here is his story:
The doorbell lay forgotten in webs.
Second place goes to Gary Hoek, who submitted this entry:
Polished sword, fear:
Muted gasp, regret.
Third place goes to Kyra Rankin, who writes:
It happened when the clock struck.
Wed thrice; in love only once.
Abandoned. Until the day she stayed.
Never good enough. Gave up trying.
Thanks to all who entered our contest! You made it extremely fun (and extremely difficult to judge!). Looking forward to your participation in our next contest, to be announced soon!
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