Updated: Friday, 19th September 2014 @ 8:33am

Are you the new Ernest Hemingway? Salford University host fabled six word short story challenge

Are you the new Ernest Hemingway? Salford University host fabled six word short story challenge

By Sam Reeves

Short story scribblers are being invited to take on the challenge of the fabled six word story, made famous by Ernest Hemingway.

The test is part of Salford University’s competition to find Manchester’s best author of flash fiction ahead of World Book Night celebrations.  

There are two categories: 100 word stories and the devilishly difficult six word stories.

One of the most famous six word stories was by American author Ernest Hemingway: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Other six word stories have been more light-hearted, like this from Jason Owen: “Bipolar, – no two ways about it.”

Tips for writing six word stories include: making it personal, putting the best words in the right order, being creative and writing because of the six words, not in spite of them.

More examples can be found on the website espresso stories.

As World Book Night is about reading, Salford University is also hosting a book exchange April 23-27.

First prize is a Kindle, with £10 book vouchers for runners up.

The winner will be presented with a kindle at Clifford Library on the night of April 23.

Please email your submissions to studentlife@salford.ac.uk

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