Press Release - Detail
For immediate release Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016
CONTACT: Roy L. Williams                                
Director of Public Relations             
Birmingham Public Library                          
Phone: (205) 226-3746 cell (205) 568-0067                        

Birmingham Public Library hosts six-word food story contest
BIRMINGHAM, Alabama- You know the feeling you get after you finish a book? Sometimes hopeful, mostly empty.  What if I told you that you can get that same feeling but only after six words? And this time, the stories are about food… So the empty feeling will be felt in your stomach and not your heart.
The Birmingham Public Library is hosting a contest that will do just that.

“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” The iconic story by Ernest Hemingway made the six-word story challenge more well-known across the country. Today, there are websites and even Twitter accounts dedicated to sharing the emotion-packed tales.

As part of the Birmingham Public Library (BPL)’s annual Eat Drink Read Write festival, BPL is hosting a six-word story contest on the subject of food. Let out the story of your best (or worst) Thanksgiving dinner, your favorite local dish. Submissions will be judged on creativity and originality.

Here are the rules and eligibility:
  • You must be an Alabama resident.
  • You must submit a registration form, available at the following link:
  • You must be at least 18 years old.
  • Submission must be in English and exactly six words long.
  • Birmingham Public Library staff and immediate family members are ineligible.
There are various ways to enter (only one of the following is necessary):
  • Twitter – tag your post with #edrw6wordstory
  • Instagram – tag your post with #edrw6wordstory
  • Email – send your story to
Two winners, 1st and 2nd place, will receive a $25 gift card to Babalu Tacos and Tapas plus a copy of “What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs” by Writers Famous and Obscure” by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith. The deadline to submit is this Saturday, Oct. 1 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced on Friday, October 7, 2016.
Here is background on the 2015 Eat Drink Read Write festival:
What: 2016 Eat Drink Read Write festival
When:  Saturday, Oct. 1 – Friday, Oct. 7, 2016
Where:  Central Library, 2100 Park Place, downtown Birmingham 
Details: Six-day schedule online at
Headlining the 2016 festival, taking place Oct. 1-7, is Chef Bryant Terry of Oakland, Calif., who has built a national reputation as a vegan chef and food activist, Smith said. See link to a BPL’s EDRW page about the festival at Terry is a 2015 James Beard Foundation Leadership Award-winning chef and author known for his activism to create a healthy, just, and sustainable food system. He is currently Chef-in-Residence at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco.
Bryant’s fourth book, “Afro Vegan,” published by Ten Speed Press/Random House in April 2014, was named by as one of the best cookbooks for 2014.  Read more about Bryant at his website,
For additional information about the programs and services of the Birmingham Public Library, visit our website at and be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter @BPL. The mission of Birmingham Public Library is to provide the highest quality library service to our citizens for life-long learning, cultural enrichment, and enjoyment. This system—with 19 locations and serving the community for 129 years—is one of the largest library systems in the southeast.
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