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Welcome to the New Six-Word Memoirs

Welcome to the new Six-Word Memoirs site!

As with many launches — starting first grade and transitions into the White House come to mind — we’ve had some hiccups, and we truly appreciate your patience. Most of all, we’re excited to introduce the latest incarnation of While a lot of what you’re seeing here looks different, the heart and soul of how the site works should feel similar once you’ve given it a spin. Here are a few notes:



  • The new slides on our homepage, in order of appearance:
    1. Memoir of the Day is first up. The Six-Word Memoir of the day appears on the left, and if the post includes an image, that image will appear in a box to the right of the words. All images have been resized to fit the box, but clicking the arrow in the right corner will render the image’s original dimensions.
    2. Daily Illustration includes many illustrations by students from our book, “Things Don’t Have to Be Complicated: Illustrated Memoirs by Students of the World.” Click the arrow to see the work in full view. Anyone can submit an original illustration or photographic work for consideration, just click “How to submit”
    3. SixContest offers a competitive fix in just six words. Each monthly contest is a chance to claim “Top Six” props—sometimes our winner takes home a prize!
    4. Shop Six. Need a quick gift or special keepsake? Want to support our site? Now is the perfect time to share the gift of Six Words.
    5. “One Life. Six Words. What’s Yours?” is reminder that everyone has a story and we want to know yours. Start by posting a Six-Word Memoir and you’ll discover this site offers a creative outlet and so much more.



These are largely as you know them, with a few differences:

  • Search and sharing are more elegant and easy.
  • If you’re memoir has been selected as Memoir of the Day it will have a light aqua box around it when it displays in the Show All or Editor’s Picks streams.



After you post an entry to a SixContest in the form of a comment, you will be given the option to submit those same six words as a memoir in any of the Topics.



Six-Word Memoirs have been used countless times as a teaching tool in schools across the world. Our Six in School blog is now searchable by grade and topic, and also includes direct downloads to free teacher’s guides.

Across the bottom of some of the pages you’ll see profile images of community members. Click on their pic and then stroll through their stories. The “Meet the Community” members will be selected randomly from among members who have both uploaded a profile image and posted recently.


We know the app has been glitchy lately, but a new day of mobile Sixing is upon us. The redesign of Six Words has been done in “responsive design,” a style of design that automatically adjusts a site’s display to respond best to whatever device it is on. All you need to do is:

  1. Open on a browser on your mobile device.
  2. Find the “action button” (the icon on the bottom row, middle of a device), then click it and click the + sign that says “add to home screen.” Now will display on your device.
  3. Log in and start Sixing! Note: If you’re uploading a photo, makes sure it’s 4MB or less.


Click on it and see!


Finally, every project in life (not the mention life itself) is a work in progress. We’re really proud of the enhancements to our site and hope you like the results. Please share your feedback below via the comments section of this post (rather than via creating a separate Six-Word Memoir)—or send a private message via email: Your patience is appreciated as we address any inevitable post-launch glitches.

Thanks for making this place a one-of-a-kind community in a big world of words.

—Team Six

p.s. On December 19 editor Larry Smith wrote a Six-Word Memoir about some of the changes. Find it here.


  • Rachell Summers/WinterSol
    December 14, 2017

    I really like the changes. Elegant is a very good way to describe the new look. I absolutely love all the little touches, such as the Memoir of 5h3 Day being outlined I aqua. I noticed that right away. And I especially like the set up of the backstory and comments being somewhat removed from the Six. I feel that new feature especially highlights the Six, and the image, if one is attached. It gives a reader time to pause and reflect. I like it!

    My question is about the display of all the topics (Show all). When I click on it, I still only see the default Life topics. What am I doing wrong?

  • Josephine Cannella
    December 14, 2017

    So it looks like there’s a lag time between when I submitted a Six and when it shows up. I thought it would be on my profile page, but not. Is there a review time before Sixes publish?

    • JoC
      December 14, 2017

      I submitted a couple and they still aren’t appearing.

  • Josephine Cannella
    December 14, 2017

    That may be why some sixes are up there multiple times. Mine probably went in twice.

  • Tagish Charley
    December 15, 2017

    New learning curves are rarely easy. I’m hoping to get a better handle on things soon. I’m hoping that posting from my iPhone will be easy and intuitive as most of my posts tend to be spontaneous and in the moment. Hope the transition goes well…with continuing thanks for providing this platform for the six community.

  • Susan (zsuzsu)
    December 18, 2017

    Is there a way to post our Sixes without seeing the finished result with letters at the end of some words scrambled into the next line? It looks awkward and goes against my old grammar school teachers’ hyphenation rules…

  • JoC
    December 19, 2017

    I’ve tried every day to post a Six.
    No such luck.
    What gives?

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