WILLIAM FAULKNER famously said that a novelist is a failed short story writer, and a short story writer is a failed poet. Hemingway, with his creation of the six-word story, combined poetry and drama into a short form that has grown in popularity while remaining difficult to achieve. Narrative is looking for six-word stories that can stand alongside the best that have been written. Here are a few:
For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.
Longed for him. Got him. shit.
Without thinking, I made two cups.
Revenge is living well, without you.
—Joyce Carol Oates