Writers Read Six-word Story Contest 2016

UPDATE: And our 2016 winners are...

Crime thriller by Gregg Brandalise Broken teeth filled six Mason jars.

Disaster story by Patty Campbell Let's go home. If it's there.

Melodrama by Christine Brandalise My mother had called that day.

Political fiction by Marit Anderson Abortion needed. Hanger used. Funeral tomorrow.

Romance by Francine Schwartz Before I left, you said goodbye.

Satire by Lawrence J Klumas Misplaced cell phone. My god—panic!


By popular demand, Writers Read at Fallbrook Library is conducting another six-word story contest.

babyshoesIn the vein of the story mythically attributed to Ernest Hemingway—"For sale: baby shoes. Never worn."—we encourage you to be succinct and entertaining, while capturing the essence of a story in six words that imply a beginning, a middle, and an end. Tragedy, comedy, artfully mundane; any theme, any genre; whatever your inspiration produces, it must be exactly six words. Contractions count as one.

Enter as many six-word stories as you like, although submit only one story per entry form. Do not include titles.

Entries will be judged by yours truly, Kit-Bacon Gressitt, so you have only me to blame for the outcome.

Prizes will be awarded in an unknown number of categories (it depends on submissions). The prizes comprise a selection from among the books featured at Writers Read, since 2008, and an enthusiastic audience.

You do not need to be present to win, although winners are invited to read their stories at the open mic segment of the May 2016 reading.

The deadline for entries is April 20, 2016, at 12 midnight, Pacific.

Entry form: Now disabled.


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