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:
@michaelianblack "People say I should do comedy" #Sixwords #sixlies — Lauren Tschida (@laurenonymous) September 25, 2013
A few months ago I received an over-the-transom email from a young woman named Chloe Grabanski. She explained:
I work for a nonprofit organization, To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA), and I'm a huge fan of "Six-Word Memoirs." TWLOHA works to raise awareness for issues like depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. We also invest directly into treatment and recovery. We're big fans of words, and what you are doing is amazing.It was clear just how aligned SMITH and TWLOHA were about the strange, often surprising power of just a few words to make a huge difference. Like SMITH, TWLOHA has been all over Twitter, even winning the "Best Nonprofit use of Twitter" award from the The Shorty Awards.