I found following competition in the Irish Independent, what a great challenge I thought to myself, so I am copy-catting the whole thing and do my own Dock Blogger Competition out of it, to fill the quiet summer hole. Let’s see who will rise to the occasion, I am sure there are great six-word-stories to be had! Here you go folks:
Legend has it that in a smoky bar in the 1920’s Ernest Hemmingway’s colleagues bet him that he couldn’t write a complete story in six words. To cut a long story short, he did, and he believed the resulting short story to be his best work. What he wrote was
‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’
If you would like to test your literary mettle, take the Hemmingway challenge and send me your six-word-story. Each week for the summer months I will publish the best entry on The Dock Blogger’s Facebook page and the winner gets a free drink in the Jury Room Café Bar. Only rule is that the story must be six words. No more, no less.
I give you a couple of published ones to give you an idea, and I think they are brilliant!
‘Hands trembling, I opened his will.’ (Mary Leonard-Walsh, Cork)
Terrified, she learned not to scream.’ (Maire Lynam, Donegal)
You can see why and where punctuation comes into the picture! Enjoy the challenge, good luck!
Your Dock Blogger