Six Word Story Contest for Teens

We’re partnering up with the Indian River County Library system to run a six word story writing contest for teens!

Legend has it that Ernest Hemingway placed a bet that he could write a story in just six words. If the legend is true, he won with “For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.” Now it’s your turn! Submit your story for a chance to win. Their judges will read each story and announce the winners in August!

1st prize: $50 — 2nd prize: $30 — 3rd prize: $20 — ADDITIONAL PRIZES!


  • Contest is open to students in grades 6-12.
  • Stories must contain only six words and be your original work.
  • Content must be suitable for all audiences.
  • Stories will be featured on the library’s website and social media platforms.
  • One entry per person.

Sponsored by the Friends of the Indian River County Library and the Laura (Riding) Jackson Foundation.

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