Six-Word Memoir Contest

Have you tried to tell your life story in just six words?  Smith magazine discovered a gold mine with this concept a few years ago and now has published several popular books listing these short narratives.

The whole concept derives from a single story. Supposedly Ernest Hemingway was challenged to tell a story in six words and chose these:

For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn.

The fact that six words can punch you in the gut or make you laugh out loud has led to many book and magazine sales and many conversations around the dinner table and at work. Here is a video that offers more illustrations.

Now for the fun part. A contest. Please offer your own six-word memoir below. I will send to the winner a copy of a lovely hardcover book, The Tenth Muse: My Life in Food,  a book I reviewed here on a previous blog post.

Here are the rules: tell a truth about your life in six words. No more. No less. I will pick the one I find funniest or most profound. If more than one bowls me over, I reserve the right to dish out more prizes of recently published books. If the winner doesn’t want to read the memoir of Julia Child’s editor (pictured on the left), I’ll offer some other tasty book morsel.

You can enter as often as you wish between now and Sunday January 17 at 5 p.m. Go!

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About Shirley Hershey Showalter

Author of memoir Blush: A Mennonite Girl Meets a Glittering World. Blogging about Magical Memoir Moments and Jubilación -- vocation in the second half of life.
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30 Responses to Six-Word Memoir Contest

  1. Adam says:

    Gratitude. And five words to spare.

  2. lanietankard says:

    There I was. Here I am.

  3. Lanie Tankard says:

    Ohio roots. Alabama soil. Texas bloom.

  4. Gutsywriter says:

    No fear, live gutsy, no regrets.

  5. clifh says:

    Ideas, material, experience; Still no clue.

  6. Lanie Tankard says:

    Voted “Most Dependable.” Curse or blessing?

  7. Lyn says:

    I did. I did. I do.

  8. Donna says:

    I'd like to do it again.

  9. Betty says:

    white knuckles. faith. release. embrace mystery!

  10. clifh says:

    Conservative design, liberal arts, moderate style

  11. Lanie Tankard says:

    I am still that little girl.

  12. Sally Rogers says:

    Nearly all is said and done . . .

  13. Barbara Josenhans says:

    Strong lips, busy arms, comforting food.

  14. Lanie Tankard says:

    Weary woman whimpers while war wanders.

  15. Richard A. Kauffman says:

    In search of the perfect pen.

  16. Richard A. Kauffman says:

    Here today, gone tomorrow, God bless!

  17. Adam says:

    There's always something more to say.

  18. Barbara Josenhans says:

    Mennonite musician living life passionately. Cheers.

  19. Sandi Dodson says:

    So much to do, no time.

  20. Connie L. says:

    Lived with and loved by family.

  21. Connie L. says:

    Shared open heart and loving hands.

  22. margot says:

    Gumby, Nixon, Disco, 9-11, Narcos, Faith.

  23. Pingback: Announcing the Winner of the Six-Word Memoir Contest | 100 Memoirs

  24. grandpa1 says:

    Still looking for my pivotal event!

  25. grandpa1 says:

    Answers to life's persistent questions? Nada

  26. Adam says:

    I crawled, I walked, I ran.

  27. shirleyhs says:

    Chin Pheng Oh Live, laugh, and smell the roses.From Facebook: Fri at 7:23am · Chin Pheng Oh Watching her grow, I see myself!Fri at 12:20pm · Karen K Frenchhall wander whipped into the great upliftment

  28. shirleyhs says:

    Donna and grandpa1, since you are new to me on this blog, please know that you are winners. See the pingback link below. Come claim your prizes!

  29. edweineloureiro says:

    Before writing this, I was dead.

  30. Mark says:

    Her's a quarter, call some else.

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