SUMMIT, NJ - If three is a magic number, does that make six twice as magical?

The Summit Free Public Library is about to supply at least a partial answer to that question, launching a contest that challenges entrants to write a story using just six words.

The muse for metric-specific quest is the legendary Ernest Hemingway who, according to lore, was having lunch with friends at New York’s famed Algonquin Hotel when he bet the table that he could write a story in six words. The wager was set at $10 per person and his lunch companions tendered the cash.

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As the story goes, Hemingway wrote on a napkin "For sale: baby shoes, never worn." 

Fast forward to 2019, and the Summit Free Public Library has thrown down the gauntlet and is challenging their patrons to write their own six-word story. The contest, fittingly, has six 'rules'"

  • Each story must have six words

  • Each story may use only one contraction, such as I’m, can’t, wouldn’t, etc., per story

  • Entrants may submit up to two (2) six-word stories

  • All stories must be submitted by August 31, 2019

  • Stories can be sent to or placed in the box located at the Library’s Information Desk

  • All entries must include the entrant's full name, phone number, and email 

Entries as judged by a panel of Library employees. Stories will be judged based on movement of conflict, action, and resolution for a complete story in six words.  Prizes will be awarded to the stories that most fully and creatively fulfill these parameters. The Library will notify winners by mid-September.