Call for submissions: Six-word stories


Supposedly, Ernest Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in just six words. His response?

“For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” It turns out that Hemingway’s role has never been confirmed. Nevertheless, it’s a great example of what some people call “flash fiction.” Larry Smith, founder of Smith Magazine, has taken the concept and, calling it “six-word memoirs,” promotes it as a way to spur creativity and encourage people to express themselves.

Instead of fiction, we’d like you, our readers, to tell us, in just six words, about your life and experiences during the Covid-19 pandemic. Six words, no more, no less. Entries may be chosen for publication in this newspaper. Here are some examples:

• Six words, no more, no less.

• Shut up. Put on your mask.

• I want a divorce. Blame coronavirus.

• Zoom makes me go truly crazy.

You can do better than those so go ahead and start writing. To submit, go to


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