National Library Week Six Word Story Contest

9 Apr

Apologies for the late notice but since this writing contest maxes out at six words, I’m assuming you all can handle it just fine. Here’s the press release:


“Invite your library users to share their stories on why they belong at your library during National Library Week with’s six word story contest.

Starting today and running through Wednesday, April 11, library users can submit their stories through Twitter using the #nlw6words tag. Stories will then be complied and available for judging through Six word stories should reflect the 2012 National Library Week theme, You belong @ your library.

The winning author will receive Season 1 of Brad Meltzer’s Decoded on DVD. Brad Meltzer is National Library Week Honorary Chair of National Library Week 2012.

Gaining popularity on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, six word stories, as the name implies, challenge authors to write a complete story in six words.

Library users interested in going more in depth about why they belong at your library are encouraged to submit their stories to You belong @ your library,’s story database.   Seeded initially with stories collected from Woman’s Day magazine readers during ALA’s long-time partnership with the publication, library users can submit stories about why the library matters to them and how it has made a difference in their lives.  The stories are searchable by state, library type and keyword. will post new content every day of National Library Week. Visit’s Facebook page, follow @atyourlibrary on Twitter, and share your National Library Week activities with the hashtag #nlw12.
 is part of the Campaign for America’s Libraries, ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe – use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible by ALA’s Library Champions, corporations and foundations.”


Having trouble imagining how a full story can be told in six words? Here’s the (possibly apocryphal) response given by Ernest Hemingway:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Successful or no?

Interested in this teeny-tiny approach? Check out the story on a recent book detailing six word memoirs of famous writers, artists, and musicians.


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