Friday, July 18, 2008

Six-Word Memoir Book & Contest

SMITH Magazine

Everyone has a story. Can you tell yours in six words?

Submit yours to be considered for SMITH's next six-word memoir book.

Category / Genre: Non-fiction Length
Requirement: 6 words
Compensation: Exposure. Possible publication in a future book from SMITH Mag.
Submissions Deadline: 08/13/2008

The first book, Not Quite What I Was Planning, is out now.

About The Book

Not Quite What I Was Planning by Larry Smith and Rachel Fershleiser (HarperCollins, 2008)

Not Quite What I was Planning: Six Word Memoirs from Writers Famous and Obscure collects almost 1,000 six-word memoirs, including additions from many celebrities including Stephen Colbert, Amy Sedaris, Dave Eggers, Richard Ford, Deepak Chopra, Moby, and more. A New York Times bestseller and subject of hundreds of stories from The New Yorker to NPR and hailed as "American haiku," SMITH's book of six-word memoirs is both a moving peek at the minutia of humanity and the most inspirational toilet reading you'll ever find.

Six-Word Memoirs: The Legend
Legend has it that Hemingway was once challenged to write a story in only six words. His response? “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Last year, SMITH Magazine re-ignited the recountre by asking our readers for their own six-word memoirs. They sent in short life stories in droves, from the bittersweet (“Cursed with cancer, blessed with friends”) and poignant (“I still make coffee for two”) to the inspirational (“Business school? Bah! Pop music? Hurrah”) and hilarious (“I like big butts, can’t lie”).

To submit* your story go to:

(*Submissons require membership. No Fee.)



Urbis is a community of creative people that offers sophisticated tools to help advance creativity and expose it to an audience.

Urbis just launched a contest with Smith Magazine. Write a six word memoir about the creative life, get exposure on Smith Magazine, and possibly get published in one of their NY Times Best Sellers.

More than 900 of the editors’ favorites became Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs by Writers Famous & Obscure, published by HarperCollins. The book became a New York Times bestseller, has been featured everywhere from The New Yorker to NPR, and inspired teachers, bloggers, and countless others across the world.

Now Urbis and SMITH want you to describe your life as a writer, artist, or raconteur in six well-chosen words. We’ll feature the best ones on Urbis and SMITH—and they could end up in a future book.It's only six words - you can do it:

We are featuring the highest ranked contenders in the facebook fan page for Urbis. Go see how people sum their lives in six words:

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-The Urbis Team

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