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Teen Read Week: 6 Word Story Contest

Tween/Teen (6th - 12th Grade)

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Teen Read Week

6 Word Story Contest

“Unleash Your Story”

Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway was challenged to create an entire short story in six words. Hemingway wrote, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” Thus creating a new genre of short storytelling – the six word story.

In celebration of Teen Read Week, Thousand Oaks Library would like to invite tweens/teens (6th through 12th grade) to be the author! Your 6 Word Story can be humorous, heartbreaking, a memoir, science fiction or any other genre, but it must be an original. Your 6 Word Story will be displayed at the Thousand Oaks Library and judged by public ballot.


1. The story must be six words (no more, no less – Do not include a title)

2. The story must be submitted on 3x5 inch white index cards (one story per card)

3. The story must be an original, written by you!

4. Your writing must be legible

5. The story must be appropriate for all ages

6. Include your name, grade, and a contact phone number on the backside of the card

(Do not write your name on same side as your story)

7. You may submit one story per person

Submit your 6 Word Story on a 3x5 inch card to the Reference Desk at Grant R. Brimhall Library or Newbury Park Library by Saturday, October 14, 2017. (You may pick up a white index card at the Reference Desk).

Winners will receive a small prize!


• Your submissions will not be returned

• Not every story may be displayed

• By submitting your 6 Word Story you are authorizing Thousand Oaks Library to display your story

 6 Word Story - Oct 20171