Six of the Best – take the Hemingway challenge 2019

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Armidale Regional Libraries is hosting its third annual shortest short story competition, inviting people to 'Take the Hemmingway Challenge'.

It is said Ernest Hemingway took up a challenge to write a short story in six words. This is what he created on the back of a beer mat: FOR SALE: BABY SHOES, NEVER WORN.

Everyone has a story to tell and this competition encourages residents to tell theirs.

More than 350 entries were received when the Library held Six of the Best for the first time and entries in 2018 topped 400.

A schools category was introduced in 2018 to encourage entries from students.

Read the competition rules.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Adult


First prize
Archie Denning
Bore found; deceased estate in receivership.
Runner-up
Karina Waite
Mum is missing. Bank account drained.
Commended
Megan Hofman
Are you alright? Asked her attacker.
Commended
Peter Sharp
Good dog, old, needs new home.
Commended
Allana Sliwinski
"Who are you?" mum asked again.






K-6


First prize
Claudia Huard
I plugged myself into the computer.
Runner-up
Rachel Gooley
Cold fire, abandoned tea, door ajar.
Commended
Ayalla Kanety
All sold, but memories still remain.
Commended
Estelle Samuel
The ant, the shoe, sad story.






7 to 12


First prize
Sarah Walker
She tired of following. She lead.
Runner-up
Katie Hancock
Woke up and was a chicken.
Commended
Chloe Towne
Please. Send help. We are desperate.
Commended
Kitty Kelly
Calm voices make me feel uneasy.
Commended
Charley Hackett
The bag drips above her head.

Armidale Regional Libraries is hosting its third annual shortest short story competition, inviting people to 'Take the Hemmingway Challenge'.

It is said Ernest Hemingway took up a challenge to write a short story in six words. This is what he created on the back of a beer mat: FOR SALE: BABY SHOES, NEVER WORN.

Everyone has a story to tell and this competition encourages residents to tell theirs.

More than 350 entries were received when the Library held Six of the Best for the first time and entries in 2018 topped 400.

A schools category was introduced in 2018 to encourage entries from students.

Read the competition rules.

Congratulations to the following winners:

Adult


First prize
Archie Denning
Bore found; deceased estate in receivership.
Runner-up
Karina Waite
Mum is missing. Bank account drained.
Commended
Megan Hofman
Are you alright? Asked her attacker.
Commended
Peter Sharp
Good dog, old, needs new home.
Commended
Allana Sliwinski
"Who are you?" mum asked again.






K-6


First prize
Claudia Huard
I plugged myself into the computer.
Runner-up
Rachel Gooley
Cold fire, abandoned tea, door ajar.
Commended
Ayalla Kanety
All sold, but memories still remain.
Commended
Estelle Samuel
The ant, the shoe, sad story.






7 to 12


First prize
Sarah Walker
She tired of following. She lead.
Runner-up
Katie Hancock
Woke up and was a chicken.
Commended
Chloe Towne
Please. Send help. We are desperate.
Commended
Kitty Kelly
Calm voices make me feel uneasy.
Commended
Charley Hackett
The bag drips above her head.
  • Conditions for entries

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    Valid entries must use six (6) words only – no more, no less.

    Entries must not contain: Phrases quoted from titles of other works; text speak or emojis; figures; images; or languages other than English.

    Punctuated contractions (e.g. shouldn’t, can’t etc.) will count as two words in the word limit.

    Appropriate punctuation is allowed.

    Punctuation symbols are not included in the word limit.

    Sentences must begin with a capital letter.

    Entry to the competition is restricted to the first six entries per person.

    One story per entry. If you would like to make further entries please complete another...

    Valid entries must use six (6) words only – no more, no less.

    Entries must not contain: Phrases quoted from titles of other works; text speak or emojis; figures; images; or languages other than English.

    Punctuated contractions (e.g. shouldn’t, can’t etc.) will count as two words in the word limit.

    Appropriate punctuation is allowed.

    Punctuation symbols are not included in the word limit.

    Sentences must begin with a capital letter.

    Entry to the competition is restricted to the first six entries per person.

    One story per entry. If you would like to make further entries please complete another the entry form.

    Entry categories:

    School students – Levels K-6

    School students – Levels 7-12

    Adult age 18+

    Entries will be accepted online from 30 August 2019 to 27 September 2019.

    Winners will be announced on 14 October 2019