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"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."
-Ernest Hemingway

About the Contest|Ernest Hemingway was bet by his friends that he could not write a six word story. This is what he came up with. He was paid by his friends $10, we are offering SO MUCH MORE!

We judges are challenging you all to come up with a six word story as well, but since you wil be getting a lot more than Hemingway did, we also ask that you illustrate the story as well some how.

Now, these illustrations can be anything. They can be photographs, vectors, paintings, sculptures, you name it. There cannot be any extra words of any sort in the illustration itself unless they are the words of the story. There must only be on illustration.

This is the perfect chance for you guys to show off your skills across different mediums or gain new skills.

How to Deviate|The contest entries should be submitted under literature. You should click the "Add Text" button to put the six word story in. For the illustration, once you have added the story a preview option shows up. That is how you should put in the illustration, not in a separate deviation because this is supposed to be one complete work of art. Make sure you note at least one of the judges, *mode-de-vie and *Death-By-Romance, a link to the deviation. Please do not leave a comment with a link on our page or in the News article.

!Caution! Many famous writers and other celebrities have tried to write these stories but most of the time they forget that it is supposed to be... well... a story. Not everything has to be explicitly said in the story, and it might be interpreted in many different ways. I interpret Hemingway's as a woman had a still born child therefore they sold the shoes. It could be taken many different ways, but that is a full story, not just a simple statement, like "The baby has two shoes on." !Caution!


Contest Starts Tuesday, June 2, 2009 (whenever I finish this article)
Contest Ends Friday, July 3, 2009 11:59 PM (23:59)

Entry Rules:
  • Must be deviated in Literature, with the illustration as a preview.
    • Either the illustration or story must be a new piece of art created for this contest.  The other can be a previous deviation or older piece of art but does not have to be.
      • All art (literary and visual) must be your own work.  You may use stock images to make an image, but you may not use one stock image without any modification done to it as your illustration, even with permission of the stock artist.  
        • If using stock art, you must follow all of the stock artist's rules for usage.
          • No words are allowed in the illustration unless they are the same words as in the story.
            • We will allow deviations in languages other than English.  Please talk to one of the judges first, though.



Some of the finalists from last years contest!

Six Words Stories: Suicide
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Prizes!
Keep an eye on the judges' journals for the up to date list of prizes.


GOOD LUCK!!!!!
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:iconsaddeku:
SadDeku Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2009
can I enter?
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:iconwombat-pentagram:
Wombat-Pentagram Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2009
when is this contest getting judged? or is judging already going?
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:iconjdoem:
jdoem Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2009   Traditional Artist
Can't get it to enter as literature... stupid comp is locking up too, so if it's too late for the contest... crap. But my entry is here...[link]
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:iconjdoem:
jdoem Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2009   Traditional Artist
Finally got my computer to do it... [link]
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:iconcollectorscaravan:
CollectorsCaravan Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Totally in!
Even if I flop!
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:iconmoogleplushie:
MooglePlushie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009
Sign me up ^^
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:iconmariposakisses25:
mariposakisses25 Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2009  Student Photographer
do contractions act as one word? or do you consider them two words?
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:icondiamondie:
diamondie Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2009  Professional Writer
This was answered earlier. They count as one word. [link]
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:iconhaikukitty:
HaikuKitty Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
I am so gonna do this.... :D
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:iconowillowo:
oWilloWo Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009
This sounds really interesting.
I think I may enter something ^^,
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:iconsommerfuggel:
sommerfuggel Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2009
I have a question: can I name the deviation something else than the six words?

This seems alot of fun! : D
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:iconkibirkstele:
kibirkstele Featured By Owner Jun 14, 2009  Hobbyist Photographer
Nearly there!! The illustration is gonna be evil though...
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:iconhorsecricket:
Horsecricket Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
hm... intriguing.
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:iconreddragonfly:
RedDragonfly Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
Does the entry have to a complete sentence?

And I challenge the prize givers to give $10 cash- that would be much more helpful than another month's membership...
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:icondeath-by-romance:
Death-By-Romance Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Cash is a little more difficult to give, but a good idea. I will think about you challenge. No your story does not have to be a complete sentence, though it has to be a complete story. It can be multiple sentences.-Steven
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MPMG Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
Question: words in the illustration can only be the words in the story, that I get, but can we re-use the same story word multiple times? Like, if I have the word "cat" can I only use it once in the illustration or could I use it repeatedly?
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Death-By-Romance Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
Umm... I don't see why not. I don't see where you're going yet, but I sure hope it's creative! but to clarify if someone else see's this. You can't have a story like, "My cat is the blackest cat ever." and say that works because one word is duplicated (and that's not a story either). Thanks for asking and happy illustrating!-Steven
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:iconmpmg:
MPMG Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
lol, I hope so too. And I won't have the story like that :salute:
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:icondeath-by-romance:
Death-By-Romance Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
love the emote...-Steve
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sugarsnapsxx Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
ohh, i tried writing a few stories before so i'll definitely try this again and illustrate it too!

question: can we only submit 1 entry or can we submit more?
sorry if it's already mentioned, i didn't see it in the article.
thanks ^-^
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:iconmode-de-vie:
mode-de-vie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Student Writer
Only one entry per deviant, sorry. :(
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:iconsugarsnapsxx:
sugarsnapsxx Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009
that's cool, i'll try and enter one then ^-^
thanks a lot! (:
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:iconzeroguardian:
ZeroGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
may I try?
and when is the deadline?
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:iconmode-de-vie:
mode-de-vie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Student Writer
The deadline is July 3.
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:iconzeroguardian:
ZeroGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
ok, cause I think I am going to join
it sounds fun
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:iconmode-de-vie:
mode-de-vie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Student Writer
Awesome. :) Can't wait to see what you come up with.
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:iconzeroguardian:
ZeroGuardian Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
thank you!
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:iconfollowmebackhome:
FollowMeBackHome Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
just wondering, does "don't" count as one or two words?
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:iconmode-de-vie:
mode-de-vie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Student Writer
Contractions count as one word. :thumbsup:
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:iconfollowmebackhome:
FollowMeBackHome Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
yay! ahah, thanks (:
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:iconmode-de-vie:
mode-de-vie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Student Writer
No problem. :)
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:iconmpmg:
MPMG Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009
It was really fun last year, so I'm giving this a go again :D
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:icondiamondie:
diamondie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Professional Writer
Did you know Hemingway's famous short story could be told in just three words in Finnish? Ha!

Probably going to participate in this.
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Tristan-the-Dreamer Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
Awesome, I am so doing this! Question: what are the criteria of judging? I mainly ask because I want to know if the art will be part of what is considered in the judging, or if it's just a little bonus to give people something to look at.
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:iconmode-de-vie:
mode-de-vie Featured By Owner Jun 5, 2009  Student Writer
Both the illustration and the literature components are equally important because they make up one complete work of art. They will both be judged together, so just do the best that you can! :)
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:iconprincess-vampy:
princess-vampy Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009   Photographer
I had make some 6 word stories for english class.
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:iconlit-twitter:
Lit-Twitter Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Chirp, it's been twittered. :)
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:iconmode-de-vie:
mode-de-vie Featured By Owner Jun 4, 2009  Student Writer
Thank you, again! :)
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:iconscrambledsaving:
ScrambledSaving Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009   Writer
Wow, I had this for my book report that's due tomorrow.
The six word story is really a unique way to express the story.
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:iconjobobarikan:
JobobArikan Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
I entered

Hope I got it right!
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:iconjobobarikan:
JobobArikan Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2009
I unentered having heard not a peep from you
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:iconjazzman1989:
Jazzman1989 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2009  Student Writer
sometimes it takes a bit of time, just let it sit for a while, I'm sure you'll be entered :aww:
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:iconclassic-poet:
classic-poet Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm.... looks like I gotta think up of something for this year's too. :B
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:iconeefera:
Eefera Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Ooohh this looks like fun! I think I'm going to enter.
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:iconsophia-jonquille:
Sophia-Jonquille Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2009
Just a question about the title of the deviation. Should it be a word from the story, or something along the lines of "six words contest" or something like that? Because I realize that the title could be a way to sneak extra words in there.
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:iconmercuryislove:
MercuryIsLove Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Student Writer
Ahh, I'll definitely have to enter in this one! :)
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BlackPeregrin Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009   Photographer
Yay, mine's already submitted!
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:iconspelledeg:
Spelledeg Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Professional General Artist
Hmmm, I think I'll enter this it sounds quite fun!
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:icondeath-by-romance:
Death-By-Romance Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Hobbyist General Artist
ohhh.... it is......
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:iconsaraschool:
SaraSchool Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2009  Student Traditional Artist
one per deviant or as many as I can think up?
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