six word stories

It is Ernest Hemingway’s 115th birthday, and there is no better way to celebrate than to hastily write six word flash fiction. (That’s a blatant lie. There is surely a better way, and it would most likely involve alcohol, sexism, and shooting wildlife.) Hemingway supposedly won a $10 bet when he managed to write this story in just six words:

“For sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

 

Despite my lack of a $1.66 per word incentive, here are a few of my own attempts:

The match fell, still lit. Oops.

“Me or the dog?” “The dog.”

I left without telling him why.

Was it bad for you, too?

Apples and humans: both gravity-prone. 

Quit job. Smelled roses. Ignored debt.

“Happy Birthday, Ernie!” “Where’s my absinthe?”

And lastly, although it was written in the context of her full-length novel, The Passion, I quote Jeanette Winterson:

“I’m telling you stories. Trust me.”

 

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3 Responses

  1. These are great. Got me thinking.

  2. The first two are my favorite! And the last one is fabulous too – but Jeanette Winterson is fabulous – so I am not surprised a quote from her would make an excellent six word story.

    Cheers,
    Marcy Erb
    http://illustratedpoetry.com

    • Winterson is just very quotable in general! I’ve been binge-reading all her work recently and am slightly obsessed.

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