For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

12/28/2008
—Ernest Hemingway

The original short short story and the inspiration for this website. In the 1920s, Ernest Hemingway’s colleagues bet him that he couldn’t write a complete story in just six words. They paid up. Hemingway is said to have considered it his best work.

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  1. 4/16/2014Short, Shorts | The Write Side of 50 says:

    […] Author Lydia Davis, in her new book, “Can’t and Won’t,” has perfected the art of the short story. The very short, short story – a story that captures a scene or a persona in a sentence or two – ala Ernest Hemingway, who created a Six Word Story. […]

  2. 4/9/2014samerita says:

    I lyk 1D

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