Writing contest: Who says you don't have time to write?
The tale goes like this: In the 1920s, someone bet Ernest Hemingway $10 that he couldn't write a story in six words. Being as that's $1.66 a word — a rate that would be considered not too bad today — Hemingway came up with the above.
And the six-word story challenge endures. In 2006, Wired asked several authors for theirs and had them illustrated (many implied violence, like Frank Miller's "With bloody hands, I say good-bye.") Two years earlier, Black Book asked several authors for theirs, which ended up with an infidelity bent (“Forgive me!” “What for?” “Never mind.” — John Updike).
Earlier this year, Smith Magazine published a book of six-word works: "Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure." The book must be doing pretty well, because they're going to do another one. And they're asking for your contribution — memoirs only, please.
Some of the submissions in the running:
- Most days, I was the windshield.
- Did what I wanted. Paying now.
- Sleeping with the enemy. Marriage POW.
- I wanted to see you cry.
- He didnt want me or baby.
- Moved to Oklahoma. Never been happier.
- Mug shot was a flattering likeness.
What does it take to enter? Type in your six words, give them your name and e-mail address. Who knows — with the time it takes to sip a cup of coffee, you could pen your memoir.
— Carolyn Kellogg