One of the most famous short stories of all time was this six-word mini-masterpiece: "For sale: baby shoes, never worn."
Ernest Hemingway supposedly wrote the story, though in The Sunday Times, 2019 short story award judge Sarah Churchwell explains that he definitively did not.
To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Sunday Times Audible Short Story award, we are launching a competition, not for the best six-worder, but for the best 10-word short story. The story has to be in English, and contain no more than 10 words, but can be on any subject. The winner will be chosen by The Sunday Times's literary editor, Andrew Holgate.
How to Enter
To enter, simply tweet your entry, along with the hashtag #shortshort.
Or you can email the story to us at firstname.lastname@example.org, including your name and telephone number with your entry.
The closing date for entries is Sunday, July 7.
The winner will be announced here on Friday, July 19, and published in The Sunday Times on Sunday, July 28, when we announce this year's shortlist for The Sunday Times Audible Short Story Award. The winning author will receive 12 free audiobooks of their choice from Audible UK.
For terms and conditions, see below.
Terms and conditions
1. These terms and conditions apply to all competitions (unless
and to the extent that the competition states otherwise).
2. The winner is responsible for ensuring they are able to accept
the prize as set out and in accordance with these terms and
conditions, in the event they are unable to do so then the Promoter
reserves the right to redraw the prize.
3. Entry is free but entrants should be aware that they may be
subject to data charges depending on their own individual arrangements
for Internet access.
4. An eligible entrant must be an individual, must enter on their
own behalf, and must submit an entry in the form requested by the
Promoter under this promotion including their name and e-mail
5. By entering, all eligible entrants agree to abide by each and
all these terms and conditions. Misrepresentative or fraudulent
entries will invalidate an entry. Where a competition involves a
voting process: offering or receiving any incentive for voting is not
permitted and will invalidate the vote, and may disqualify the
recipient of the vote. The Promoter reserves the right, with or
without cause, to exclude entrants and withhold prizes for violating
any of these terms and conditions. The Promoter reserves the right to
amend these terms and conditions. Any amendments will be published on
6. The Promoter reserves the right to publish entries (including
parts of entries) other than the winning entry and publication does
not necessarily mean the entrant has won a prize.
7. Entrants will retain copyright in their submitted entries,
however, by entering, all entrants licence the Promoter a worldwide
royalty-free perpetual licence to edit, publish and use each entry in
any and all media (including print and online) for publicity and news
purposes. The Promoter reserves the right to publish entries
(including parts of entries) although publication does not necessarily
mean the entrant has won a prize.
8. There is no cash or other alternative to the prize stated and
the prize is not transferable and no part or parts of the prize may be
substituted for other benefits, items or additions.
9. Winners may be required to submit valid identification before
receiving their prize.
10. The Editor's decision is final and binding on the entrants. No
correspondence will be entered into.
11. The Promoter will not be liable for technical, hardware, or
software failures of any kind or lost or unavailable network
connections that may limit or prohibit an eligible entrant's ability
to participate in the competition. Other than death or personal
injury arising from the acts or omissions of the Promoter or its
employees, the Promoter will not be liable for any loss or damage
arising out of the winner’s (or their guest’s) enjoyment of the prize.
12. By entering, any subsequent prize winners agree to allow the free
use of their names, photographs and general locations for publicity
and news purposes during this and future promotions by the Promoter or
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Promoter’s website (the “Website”). Winners' names may be published on
14. Completion and submission of an e-mail or tweet will
be deemed acceptance of these terms and conditions.
15. The Promoter reserves the right at any time to cancel, modify or
supersede the competition (including altering prizes) if, in our sole
discretion, a competition is not capable of being conducted as
specified. The Promoter reserves the right to substitute a prize of
equal value in the event that circumstances beyond their control make