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Six Word Story Contest 2020

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Sherwood Public Library


Contest extended through March 31!

There’s a literary legend that Ernest Hemingway, while having dinner with fellow writers of the famous Algonquin Round Table in New York City, bet he could write a story in just six words. They bet not. He grabbed a pen and a napkin and wrote: 

“For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.” 

They paid up and Hemingway called it his best work. Now it’s your turn! 

Enter the Library’s seventh annual Six Word Story contest, between March 1 and 31, and you could win prizes, including magnetic poetry sets. Who knows, you might even win a place in literary history. We will have a special team of Six Word Story contest judges who will review all submitted stories. They will choose their favorite three who will be our winners. Winners will be announced  during National Library Week, April 19-26.  

Prizes: Named for famous short story writers, our three prizes are as follows:

1st prize “The Ernest Hemingway”

2nd prize “The Alice Munro”

3rd prize “The O. Henry”

Send your Six Word Story in an e-mail to

Six Word Stories may also be left in the drop box at the Sherwood Public Library. You may also submit using our Facebook page, but please send us a Facebook message, rather than post entries on our wall. Please include your full name and either a telephone number or an email.


Your story must have six words.
You may only use one contraction, such as I’m, can’t, wasn’t, etc., per story.
Your story must be your original work.  
You may submit up to two Six Word Stories per contestant.  
Your Six Word Story must be submitted by Friday, March 31, 2020.  
By entering the Six Word Story Contest, you give the Sherwood Public Library the rights to post your story and name in the Library and in our media outlets.

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