SixContest Winners! Our top 6 “firsts” in six words

Orange Is The New Black Tag

CjJz-KpXIAEXjzR The personal histories that shape our families reach far and wide. For SixContest #77 — inspired by Orange Is the New Black and Jane the Virgin star Diane Guerrero's new memoir, In the Country We Love: My Family Divided — we invited you to share your own family stories in just six words. Each family is a collection of journeys (“Left everything behind. Crossed oceans. Lived.” —@MaggyTheBrave via Twitter). Some families are defined by adversity (“In the shadow of the Holocaust.” —Frieda W. Landau via Facebook), others by hope (“Homesteaders, refugees, immigrants. Moved for opportunity.” —@EugeneEvon via Twitter, Ed. Note: click link for the accompanying photo). In some cases,

Six-Word Fest has come and gone (6). But let us not shed tears (6). On September 24 at 1pm EST we opened up the festival floodgates and sent out the first Six-Word prompt, inviting anyone and everyone with a Twitter handle and a love of storytelling to tweet out Six-Word responses. Things got pretty wild; more than 25,000 tweets tagged #sixwords poured in, #sixwords trended nearly non-stop for the three days. Countless celebrities — Ricky Gervais, Mark Hoppus, and Judah Friedlander, to name a few — joined our short-form celebration with their own Sixes. Throughout the fest, editors here at Six-Word Memoirs have been sharing our personal favorite submissions from each prompt with you. But now it’s time to give props to the winners as selected by our fine crew of celebrity judges. Here they are, prompt by prompt: “Six words that mean you’re lying” For the winning submission, our judge, comedian/actor/writer/legend Michael Ian Black chose a line that I'm sure he is sick of hearing: