Notes: Your six-word story should present the reader with a snapshot of an event with a pertinent happening and offer a suitable enough conclusion to deliver a sense of completeness within its brevity. In other words, make it short and great! The best ones should leave the reader pondering an array of side-shoot possibilities for why it occurred and for what happens next.
Topic: Anything you like, run wild! Stretch your imagination, use interesting vocabulary and tackle any subject that sparks your creative flame. Consider the brief uncovered possibilities that lie within topics like love, heartache, passion, longing, other realms, sadness, upliftment, achievement, comedy and anything in between.
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The competition is now closed. The winner will be announced on air on Monday, 6th April on our radio show The Bookshelf
Prize Money: We will pay £100 for the best six-word story and will include it along with the author’s photograph and bio in the next Magic Oxygen Literary Prize Anthology.
Tips: Think ‘story’! Don’t deliver a flat quote that doesn’t really go anywhere however pertinent it may be. We want to be left with technicolour imagery in our heads.
Submission Fee: This is a free to enter competition.
The Magic Oxygen Six-Word Story Competition opens on Sunday 1st March 2015 and runs to Tuesday 31st March 2015.
- Entries must be your own original work.
- No more than 10 stories per person.
- Each submission must contain exactly six words. Punctuation marks do not count as a word. Hyphenated words count as two (or more) so you cannot use hyphens to make the word-count (two words!) lower.
- All entries must be submitted using the form below.
- The decision of the judges is final. No correspondence will be entered into.
The winner will be announced on our literary radio show, The Bookshelf broadcast on Apple FM on Monday 6th April between 10am and midday UK time. You can Listen Live and if you miss the show, you can Listen Again at your leisure.