Six-word short story


It’s not known for sure if Ernest Hemingway once won a bet that he could write a short story of under 10 words, but a sort of urban legend has grown up about it. It may have come from playwright John deGroot’s 1996 play about Hemingway, “Papa”. In either case, it’s still the gold standard for brevity:

“For Sale: Baby shoes, never worn.”

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