Legend has it that when Ernest Hemingway was challenged to write a six-word novel, he came up with, “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”
Inspired by Hemingway’s short story, SMITH magazine launched online in 2006. They challenged readers and famous writers alike to submit their own six-word memoirs for a contest.
People of all ages sent in short life stories in droves, and the results were poignant, hilarious, devastating and good lessons to all.
The site includes a teachers guide to help educators integrate the six-word memoir project into their own classrooms.