It's Story Time: What Can You Say in Six Words?

[Reading Time: 1 – 2 minutes]

♦ Four weeks. Broken eggs. Downy feathers.

♦ Cut ten inches. Long now short.

♦ I wanted it so badly. Why?

And I thought writing a novel was hard! I’m going to keep working on my brevity, but I’m not sure I’m ready for a career as a six-word story writer. Not yet, anyway.

Think you have what it takes?

Narrative Magazine is looking for your super short six-word stories, among other things.


A Six-Word Story should provide a movement of conflict, action, and resolution that gives the sense of a complete story transpiring in a moment’s reading.

Payment: $50 for each six-word story accepted for publication. You may send up to five stories in a single submission.

Submission Fee: $15 fee for each submission. Additionally, you receive three months of complimentary access to Narrative Backstage.

Formatting Your Manuscript: 12-point type, with at least one-inch margins, and double-spaced. Your name, address, telephone number, and email address should be typed at the top of the first page.

You may also include a brief biographical note with your submission.