WNI Contests

A new WNI Writing Contest
Free to enter!

Contest begins: June 1, 2014
Contest ends: July 15, 2014
Winners announced: on or near July 31, 2014

Welcome to the latest challenging contest from Writing North Idaho!

This summer’s challenge: to tell a story using only six words.

Ernest Hemingway rose to this challenge when he wrote, “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn.”

Dave Eggers wrote: “Fifteen years since last professional haircut.”

From Aimee Mann: “Couldn’t cope so I wrote songs.”

From Stephen Colbert: “Well I thought it was funny.”

Now it’s your turn! Tell us a story in exactly six words--no more, no less. Send your entry/ies (up to 3 per person), either in the body of an e-mail or as an attachment, to wnicontest (at) gmail (dot) com between June 1 and July 15.


2nd & 3rd Place Prizes


The winning entry will receive a $30 cash prize.  Second and Third place winners will also receive a prize. Winning entries will be posted on our blog at WritingNorthIdaho.blogspot.com.  

In addition, ALL entrants will receive copies of the judges' feedback after the contest. 

Contest Rules

1.  Write a story or memoir using exactly six (6) words. Limit 3 entries per participant.

2. Entries must be in English. 

3. Entries need not be titled. If titled, the title will not be included in the 6-word limit.

4. This contest is open to all writers and readers except those associated with WritingNorthIdaho.blogspot.com. (Writers who have written guest-posts for WNI are eligible.) Past winners of Writing North Idaho contests are eligible.

5. The contest opens on June 1, 2014, and closes on July 15, 2014. Winners will be posted on or around July 31, 2014.

6. The story(ies) must be your original work.

7. You may submit up to three entries, either in the body of an e-mail or attached as a Word or .pdf file. Entries may be either single- or double-spaced.

8. Send entries to wnicontest (at) gmail (dot) com. Your entry must include your name, location, and contact information. You will be notified that we have received your entry. All identifying details will be removed by the contest receiver before the entry is passed to the judges to ensure anonymity in judging.

9. Winning entries will be posted on WritingNorthIdaho.blogspot.com. Contest entrants agree that their name, location (city/state/country), and entry may be used for advertising and promotional purposes at Writing North Idaho's discretion. (Please note that some publishers, but not all, consider pieces posted online to be "previously published.")

10. Entries will be posted as verbatim, typos and all. No editing will take place.

11. Entrants will retain full publishing rights to their work.

12. We reserve the right to refuse any entries considered unacceptable to a general audience.

13. We reserve the right to declare no winners, if the judges determine that no qualified entries have been received.

14. Published writers will judge the contest. Judging is blind (that is, the identities of the writers are not shared with the judges, nor vice versa). The contest receiver will remove all identifying names, e-mail addresses, etc., before passing the entries along to the judges. Decisions of the judges are final.

15. If you have questions about the contest, send an e-mail to wnicontest (at) gmail (dot) com.