Today, I’m excited to announce the shortlist for the Six Word Wonder Contest 2021.
You can enter the new Six Word Wonder contest. Get creative, get published, win $100.
We had a wonderful response to the contest, with over 3300 six word stories from budding writers from every corner of the globe. The power of your words astonished me.
What is the Six Word Wonder Contest 2021?
To celebrate the launch of Six Word Wonder by Doug Weller, we launched a contest to find the best Six Word Wonder.
The purpose of the contest was to encourage people to experiment with the six word story form, and discover fresh new Six Word Wonders.
Contest entry was free. The prize for the top Six Word Wonder is $100 cash, plus publishing in the new book Six Word Stories. Six Word Stories is out on 16th February on Amazon.
The rules of the Six Word Wonder Contest 2021 were simple:
Write a Six Word Wonder, in English.
All entries were judged anonymously.
What is a Six Word Wonder?
Six Word Wonders are stories, poems, jokes, memoirs and riddles written in only six words.
To see some examples of Six Word Wonders here.
Who is the winner of the Six Word Wonder Contest 2021?
The ultimate winner will be announced on 16th February 2022, and will be included in the new Six Word Stories book. On top of this, they will receive a $100 and be named Six Word Wonder 2021.
Reflections on the Six Word Wonder Contest from the judging
The response to the 2021 contest was phenomenal. We had more than 3300 entries! We saw stories of darkness and light, of humour and genuine seriousness. Exactly what you would expect from a six word wonder. It is incredible to discover how much variety and creativty can be packed into so few words. Well done to everybody how took part.
Before sharing the winner, a few observations from the judging.
There were a vast variety of stories, memoirs and jokes, ranging across genres from romance, to horror, to humour, to philosophy and poetry.
As you can imagine, it was a huge challenge to whittle down so many entries to reach a shortlist. But, there were some stories that really stood out from the crowd.
The best examples shared a few things in common:
- Drew a definite emotional response
- Featured beauty, suspense or surprise
- Included strong verbs and interesting nouns
- Took the reader on a journey, even if they needed to fill in the blanks
- Used only six words!
Thank you to all who entered.
And for those keen to create more six word stories, there will be a new Six Word Story contest to enter, launching in conjunction with the new book, Six Word Story.
Full Shortlist – Six Word Wonder Contest 2021
(In Alphabetical Order)
Abbie Harris, United Kingdom
Alan Russell, United Kingdom
Alice Raison, United Kingdom
Alison McBain, United States
Aliyaa Pathan, United States
Alyanna Sy, Philippines
Ambar Marrero, United States
Amy Cree, United States
Ane Garalde, Canada
Angela Deane, United Kingdom
Anna Scaife, New Zealand
Annmarie Ragukonis, United States
Ashley Gilland, United States
Awneet Singh, India
Bradley Sancken, Japan
Brea Pringle, Australia
Brian Hall, Australia
Casey Curtis, United States
Chris Clemens, Canada
Christopher Witty, France
Clarissa McHardy, United Kingdom
Danielle Hall, United States
David Silver, United Kingdom
Desirel Ng, Australia
Diana Davison, Australia
Donald A. Ranard, United States
Donald W. Falconer
Ebony Bell, Australia
Elisa Gabrielle Donahue, United States
Emily Delforce, Australia
Emma Hartley, United States
Emma Moisa, Netherlands
Erin P McCurdy, United States
Fiona Grainger, United Kingdom
Georgia Lewis, Australia
Granville Brown, United Kingdom
Hans van Weerd, Australia
Heather Gillespie, Canada
Heather Wightman, United Kingdom
Humna Khan, Australia
Ian Davos, Romania
Jake Findlay, United Kingdom
James A. Tweedie, United States
James Michelle, United States
Jan Price, United Kingdom
Jeff Kennedy, Anguilla
Jennifer Haggerty, United States
Jennifer McCubbin, United States
Jeremy Delgado, United States
Jo Mularczyk, Australia
Joann Majerle, United States
John Morris, United Kingdom
John Pearce, Australia
Jon Colman, United Kingdom
Jude Abraham, Israel
Jules Martin, United States
Juliana Ghetto, Australia
Julie Bobzien, United States
Julie McNeely-Kirwan, United States
Katy Deland, United State
Katie Ulrich, United States
Krash Blamdicute, United States
Kyla Gruta, Philippines
Kyriakos Chalkopoulos, Greece
La-Chanda Smith, United States
Laura Beck, United States
L. E. Morgan, Australia
Leena Knell Nox, Australia
Leslie Roberts, United Kingdom
Lily Murphy, Australia
Lin Let, United Kingdom
Lisa Marie Lopez
Lottie Dale, United Kingdom
Mackenzie Stoudt, United States
Manesh Koshy George, India
Martha Letseka, Lesotho
Martin Cameron, United Kingdom
Matthew Ochrym, United States
Matthew Rowe, United Kingdom
Maureen Crisp, United Kingdom
Megan Oliver, Australia
Michael P. Aleman, United States
Michelle Keeley, United Kingdom
Miriam Ikwueme, Nigeria
Monica Fernandez, United States
Natasia Rea, United States
Nicky Cassar White, Malta
O’Neill Renton, United Kingdom
Olivia Hartwell, United Kingdom
Olivine Marie, United States
Padma Poorani S, India
Paul Lewthwaite, United Kingdom
Phanindra Ivatury, Netherlands
Philomena Daly, Ireland
Pragya P, India
Princes Rose Manuel, Philippines
Rashi Gaikwad, India
Rebekah Lawrence, United Kingdom
Richard Liu, Taiwan
Richard Salsbury, United Kingdom
Robert Carroll, United States
Rohith Bandaratilaka, Sri Lanka
Royston Ellis, Sri Lanka
Bligh Chanan-Turner, Australia
Ruth Jepson, United Kingdom
Sagar J, India
Sam Mitchell, United Kingdom
Samuel Chrapot, Australia
Sean Wright, United States
Sebya Gorre-Clancy, United States
Shaun McKenna, United Kingdom
Siraj Khan, United States
Skylar Peck, South Korea
Sneha Shree Saikia, India
Soft Remedy, Indonesia
Stuart McDowall, United Kingdom
Sue Mitchell, Australia
Summer Austin, United States
Tamsin Kerr, Australia
Tashi Chaturvedi, India
Thomas Stewart, United States
Torché Johnson, United States
Wendy Eisenberg, United States
Xan Indigo, France
Congratulations to every writer shortlisted. I’m excited to confirm that a stories from each of the shortlisted entries will be included in the follow-up book. The final winner will be announced on 18th February 2022 in conjunction with the launch of Six Word Stories by Doug Weller. And you can enter the latest Six Word Wonder contest here.
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Congratulations all! February 16th will be an exciting day for all of us!
Well done everyone. So exciting to be nominated!