Flash Fiction & Hemingway’s Legendary Bet

The story goes like this:

Ernest Hemingway was given a challenge to write a complete story with six words.

This style of writing is known as “flash fiction.”

I am a huge fan of short form poetry (check out my poem, “A Good Poem” as a starting point on my approach to short form poetry).

Hemingway nailed it. He told the story with the words he didn’t write:

“For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn.”


One Comment to “Flash Fiction & Hemingway’s Legendary Bet”

  1. This Hemmingway story actually sparked Smith Magazine’s project “6 word memoirs”. They recently published a collection of the memoirs called “Not Quite What I Was Planning”. You can read a some of the memoirs here:

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