Six-Word Stories

William Faulkner famously said that a novelist is a failed short story writer, and a short story writer is a failed poet. Ernest Hemingway, with his creation of the six-word story, combined poetry and drama into a short form that has grown in popularity while remaining difficult to achieve.

Hemingway's story read: “For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn.” The ten Narrative authors featured here demonstrate their mastery of the sword thrust form.