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Monday, June 28, 2010

Contest Announcement

Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway responded to a challenge to create a story in less than 10 words this way:

"For sale. Baby shoes. Never worn."

For only six little words, that's a pretty powerful story.

I penned a rather melancholy six word story now published in "Six Word Memoirs on Love and Heartbreak by Writers Famous & Obscure".  The volume is filled with little gems, all perfect for a quick read.

Now it's your turn. I've read your work and know how many awesome writers there are in the blogmosphere. So Critter Alley is sponsoring a six word story contest. Be sure and read the rules!

Contest entries will be accepted from June 28-July 12, 2010
  • One entry per person, so send your best work
  • Entry must contain 6 words; no more, no less
  • Story topic of your choice, but no porn or gore--we're a family friendly site!
  • Enter on any of the above dates, but enter as a comment on this Contest Announcement post 
  • Please include a way for me to contact you in case you're the winner!
  • No entry fee
  • Judge's decision is final
  • Winner will be announced by July 20, 2010

The winning entry will be original, creative, and tell us a story in only six words. We'll publish it on Critter Alley along with a link to the winning author's website, if applicable.

The prize for our winner is (drumroll, please): $25 cold hard cash! That's over $4 a word! Does another publication pay so well? I think not.

So roll up your sleeves and get typing! We can't wait to read your six word story!


The Daily Pip said...

Cool idea! I will give it a try and get back to you!

Your pal, Pip

Rocky Creek Scotties and Rocky Creek Ramblings said...

What a challenge - I'll be getting back to you on it.

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Sounds like a challenge..I will have to thinks hard and gets back to you!

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Two French Bulldogs said...

Homework! But what a fun idea
Benny & Lily

BECKY said...

Oh,Wow! I am SO on this! I've already written some, a while back, if I can just find them! Or, I just might come up with the bestest and newest one!! GREAT price, too!! Woo-hoo!! :D

little princess Luna~ said...

sounds like a super fun challange--we'll see what the ol' little noggin can whip up. ;)


Kapitein Haakje said...

wooooooow thats a cool idea
we gonna do that :D

El'bow & Hauwii

Donna Volkenannt said...

Great contest
And generous prize

(That's six words, but not my entry.)

Jenny said...

This is a wonderful idea!

I am going to start thinking about what to write and get back to you.

Jenny said...

Okay, here is my entry :

Dear Waterproof Mascara Company. You lied.

Life With Dogs said...

Brilliant idea - truly fun! I could spout off a million - but will spare you! :)

Ryker said...

Hard to pick just one...but here it is.
"Looking for GOD. Dyslexic. Found DOG."

Unknown said...

Oh boy, let the fun begin! I'll put my thinking cap on and let you know!


Unknown said...

Sounds very fun! I looking forward to the entries, I will has a think.

NAK and The Residents of The Khottage Now With KhattleDog! said...

Khwite a pawesome challenge!

I'm not sure I khould evFUR be that brief!


Tammy said...

I can tell right now that's going to be a tough one--but FUN--to judge!!! Great contest!

Deborah said...

Hey, six words....I'm going to think about this! Sounds like fun!

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

Cool contest! We may give it a try!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

the booker man said...

what a fun contest! i can't wait to read all the entries!
(we aren't gifted at writing at my house. heehee.)
the booker man

♥ Sallie said...

Sounds fun!

I hope you are coming to our Hawaii party. Hope to see you there!

Maggie Mae and Max said...

Ok here goes,

Not perfect, still loved, very blessed.

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Taffy said...

Interesting! Gonna have to put my thinking dog cap on and see what I can come up with!

BECKY said...

Hi Pat! I'm going back and reviewing blogs, since lately I've been in numerous fogs! Ha! Too bad it's not a poetry contest! :D
As I re-read the comments, I just cringed when I read mine! I just hate it when words are misspelled, and there I was....I meant to type "prize"! Duh! I know the difference between price and prize! Acckkkk!!

animal lover, quilt lover said...

K 9 friend,
This is my enty.

Bambi is going to be thirteen!!

from Fern, you have my blog address.

Lynn said...

Here's mine:

No matter what, good will come.

Thanks for the contest!

Golden Woofs! SUGAR said...

Woof! Woof! Here my entry ... it defines who I am n to my family.

Golden LOVE, Golden WOOFS, Golden Sugar.

Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

Donna Volkenannt said...

Here's my entry:

Playful pup, curious cat. Happy home.

Donna Volkenannt

Deborah said...

OK, Pat, here is my entry!

"He cheated, twice, shame on me."


Anonymous said...

What a lovely idea for a contest. Don't shoot me, but I don't think I can even come up with 1 word for a competition. If I could, I'd be in here every day, as I used to, leaving comments :)

Linda O'Connell said...

Bought leash; dog leads me everywhere.

ocmist said...

Very interesting... How about:

Lights! Pain! Life drains...
Light! Love...

BECKY said...

Hi Pat! What a cool contest. You already have my e-mail address. Here's my entry:

The floor hit me. I fainted.

Unknown said...

I just found out about your contest from Becky's blog. Here's my entry:

Dewy grass, cool breeze. Walking heaven.

Michelle Faith said...

Ok I love this idea and it made me think.
here is my entry..being deep here.

New life, My choice, everlasting remorse.
~ Michelle @

BECKY said...

Hey Pat! I forgot to mention that besides loving the old typewriter...I also love the Nancy Drew books, too! Are these items yours? Like in your basement? How fun!!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely blog, found it through Becky yesterday, but had to do some thinking before sumitting, so here's my entry:

Date. Romantic. Husband. Jealous. Crimson. Murderer.

Thanks for the challenge!

Road Dog Tales said...

Cool idea you had! We don't think Hemingway would be jealous or anything, but here's ours -

A tree. I peed. I left.

Is that six words? We're not that great with numbers.

The Road Dogs

Terri Tiffany said...

He lied. I found the rainbow.

terri dot tiffany at Yahoo dot com

I love these contests as they really challenge you!

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

Here's my entry:
How would the little dog survive?

Eileen said...

What a fun idea! After thinking and thinking I finally came up with this:
Lost bear spray. Saved a family.


Unknown said...

Hi Pat!

Here's my entry:
Play. Have fun. De-stress. Stay young.

I also thought I'd share some current trivia relating to Ernest Hemingway. Hemingway's 82 year old son Patrick lives in Bozeman, Montana. He recently approved a new line of shoes named after his father. They are divided into angler, literary, and sportsman collections.

When Patrick Hemingway tried on a pair of loafers last Friday at a store named Schnee's Boots and Shoes, he commented that the best part is that he can wear them without socks, and that his father also hated socks.

Thanks for the contest fun!

Happy Trails,

RMKK Companion

The Blue Pencil said...

This is a great contest thiat really made me think! Here is my entry:

At eighty, Maude finally became youthful.

The Blue Pencil

Tammy said...

Here's my entry.

And still, the sad dog waits.


Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Okay, here goes:

For sixty years they kissed goodnight.

Cathy C. Hall said...

Oh, I do so love contests-

Ice sinks ship. The impossible possible.