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Six-Word Memoir Backstory Challenge #2: Love & Heartbreak from George Saunders & Raoul Felder

For our second “backstory” challenge on, we’ve turned to two celebrated Six-Word scribes for inspiration on topics of love and heartbreak. Begin your “backstory” of 600 words or less with one of these two Six-Word Memoirs from writer and MacArthur “Genius Grant” winner George Saunders or celebrity divorce lawyer Raoul Felder:

George Saunders (above) &
Raoul Felder

“What were once two, are one.”
—George Saunders

“Love almost always leads to heartbreak.”
—Raoul Felder, Esq.

We’ll send the winner three books of his or her choice from the Six-Word book series—and invite you to tell your story at a future Six Words Live story show.

• How to submit:
1. Sign into and click the “New Story” button on top right of the page. Don’t have an account on Medium? You’ll be prompted to sign in with Twitter. Don’t have a Twitter account? Time to get one.

2. After you write your story—which you can save along way if you still drafting it— hit “publish” and then you’ll be asked if you want to add to any collection. Search for “In Six Words” to make sure to submit your story to our  “In Six Words” collection. Include “What were once two, are one.” or “Love almost always leads to heartbreak” at the start of your 600-word or less story.

• The contest  runs until February 27. For too much official rule-speak and the fine print, read the official contest rules. Question? Email us at concierge AT



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