June 10, 2009
As legend tells it, Hemingway scribbled his famous six-word story on a paper napkin in New York City’s Algonquin Bar. Later, he named the six words among the best he had written:
For sale: baby shoes, never worn.
Others, since, have tried the form:
Longed for him. Got him. Shit.
From torched skyscrapers, men grew wings.
Well, I thought it was funny.
Revenge is living well, without you.
—Joyce Carol Oates
Narrative Magazine's Literary Puzzler invites you to try your hand at a six-word story. They are looking for lines with artistry, entertainment, creativity, and entire worlds formed from just a few words. They will choose a first-, second-, and third-place winner from all submissions received by Monday (June 15th) noon, Pacific Daylight Time, and publish their names and entries next Tuesday. All winners will receive a three-month pass to Narrative Backstage.
Share your Six Word Stories here and I'll post them next Tuesday (and send them to Puzzler for a chance to win).