I used to occasionally submit to as well as read Six Word Stories, without never knowing the back story. Now, though, that I’ve learned the origin of the competition, I am awestruck and disheartened.
The (alleged) back-story for those unaware: Ernest Hemingway, the six-toed cat loving, macho-man and boozer was bet that he could not write a complete story in six words.
For sale: baby shoes, never used.
Towel thrown in. I will never (in six words) write something so complex and heart-wrenching.