Six-word Food Story Contest
since legend recorded that Ernest Hemingway won a bet by writing his famous story, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn,” writers have been challenging themselves to squeeze as much emotion and impact as possible into six words. As part of our annual celebration of food, drink, and literature the Birmingham Public Library is having a six-word story contest. In only six words, tell us about your adventures with food using the form below, Twitter, or email.
The contest will run from Friday, September 2, 2016, until Saturday, October 1, 2016. Stories must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. on October 1 in order to be eligible. A first and second place winner will be selected. Stories will be judged on creativity and originality.
The contest is closed. Thank you for your participation. Winners
will be announced October 7.
• Must be an Alabama resident.
• Contestants must submit a
• To enter the competition, contestants must be 18 or over.
• Birmingham Public Library staff and immediate family members are ineligible.
• All submissions must be in English.
• Stories must be exactly six words long.
• Stories submitted via twitter must be tagged with #edrw6wordstory to be eligible.
• Stories may be photographed and submitted via instagram and with the hashtag
• Stories may be submitted via email as well. Email your story to
Each winner will receive a $25.00 gift card to Babalu Tacos and Tapas and a copy of
What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous and Obscure by Rachel Fershleiser and Larry Smith.
Judging will be completed the week of Eat, Drink, Read, Write and the winners will be announced on Friday, October 7, 2016.