Six-Word Stories

by kipress

Last term’s creative writing instructor, Sally Ito, put me on to this one. Want your short story to appear via iPhone Application? And by “short” I mean real short.

Narrative magazine has a call for submissions for six-word stories.

Six words. That tell a story.

I’d say a complete arc with a beginning, middle, and end in six words might be asking for a bit much, but Margaret Atwood manages to do it in this example:

Longed for him. Got him. Shit.

Here’s another famous one quoted on the submission page:

For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn. —Ernest Hemingway

You may be neither Hemingway nor Atwood, but you can submit up to five stories. There is a submission fee, however, of $15, which makes it more like a contest. Worth it to have your kernel of story appear on iPhones everywhere? You decide.