6words – The Twitter Story Contest (May 6th ONLY)

by Editweapon on May 6, 2008


Tony , the CEO of Zappos, put on a spur of the moment Twitter contest 17 days ago, and I won the Van Halen towel . Sweeeeeet! (Rest of the story.)

When I received my "major award" (think ‘A Christmas Story’), included was a $100 gift certificate. TOTALLY unexpected. Totally rad.

Without a doubt, Tony is rich. Without a doubt, Tony is generous. Methinks Tony was probably generous before he was rich.

And now I’d like to pay it forward…

Write a story in 6 words

Ernest Hemingway is best known for writing ‘The Old Man and The Sea’. A forever book that I "read" in high school.

Well, there’s a rumor that he was challenged to write a story using ONLY 6 words. He proclaimed this to be his best work of prose…ever.

"For Sale: Baby shoes, never used."
-Ernest Hemingway

Damn. Chills.


At the time I received the Zappos gift certificate from Tony & team, I had just finished a book called The Treasure Principle by Randy Alcorn. A situation presented itself for me to be secretly generous with more money that I would normally feel comfortable giving away to something that isn’t a non-profit where I could gain a tax write-off. But I did it, and I felt GREAT about it!

Thinking about Hemingway’s 6 word story, I penned my own:

"Money buys happiness; give some away."
-Patrick Sullivan Jr.

Clearly, I’m no Hemingway, but I thought this would be a fun way to find one on Twitter.

(Pretty sure Hemingway would have liked Twitter.)

Contest Rulez

Pretty simple. I’ll monitor hashtags and tweetscan for entries. Then I’ll confer with my posse and the best 6 word story wins $100 Zappos gift certificate.

Since I’m no Hemingway OR GaryVee could you please spread/tweet the word. Maybe we can blow this up to a fraction of GV’s Good People Day 08 ??

{ 46 comments… read them below or add one }

Cale Turpen May 6, 2008 at 2:04 am

Let them loathe; while I lovw


Cale Turpen May 6, 2008 at 2:04 am

Let them Loathe; While I Love


Brent May 6, 2008 at 4:15 am

Offer Made. Ipod, Nonprofit. Lost


Andrew Meyer May 6, 2008 at 6:42 am

My story:

“You stink. Or is it me?”


Jake the Snake May 6, 2008 at 7:50 am

“Love hurts. That’s what she said.”


Heidi May 6, 2008 at 8:15 am

Not a contest entry, but speaking of Twitter and 6 words, this guy’s Twitter entries are all 6 words each: http://twitter.com/ftrain


Jenny 867-5309 May 6, 2008 at 9:02 am

Always bored. Must play. Must sing.


Lisa R (illuminato) May 6, 2008 at 9:17 am

Working hard. Get the job done.


Jamie Thacker May 6, 2008 at 9:31 am

Twitter helps Zappos improve communication growth


Marissa May 6, 2008 at 9:36 am

i only use green dead men.


Alicia May 6, 2008 at 9:47 am

All great things generate from within.


Lindsay Wenner May 6, 2008 at 9:56 am

Live life with your heart first.


alphanitrate May 6, 2008 at 10:04 am

Life Sucks get a Helmet


Linx August 30, 2014 at 5:05 am

Thanky Thanky for all this good inmnrfatioo!


Mandy W May 6, 2008 at 10:14 am

I’m the famous Invisable Man. See?


Mimosa August 30, 2014 at 6:43 pm

Do you have more great arlcties like this one?


Catherine May 6, 2008 at 11:29 am

Young girl wrongfully trusts own father.


Matt May 6, 2008 at 11:40 am

Some stories should never be told….


Amber May 6, 2008 at 12:12 pm

Life: Love, Laughter, Peace and Joy


Fred May 6, 2008 at 12:29 pm

“I saw, I conquered, I came”


Lori Magno May 6, 2008 at 1:15 pm

Hey! Who you lookin’ at, buddy?


Sweetnote May 6, 2008 at 2:05 pm

Born too early. Died too soon.


Eric Miltsch May 6, 2008 at 2:06 pm

He who smelled it, delt it.


Jen McCabe Gorman May 6, 2008 at 2:08 pm

Tweeted both this morning:

Part 1:

Darling – I pawned my wedding ring.

Part 2:

Don’t worry @senorbuck – it’s a contest!


chrisbatdell May 6, 2008 at 2:09 pm

I think I think too much!


ShannonRenee May 6, 2008 at 2:12 pm

My story in 6 words:
“Here today. Gone tomorrow. Remembered forever.”


@ggroovin May 6, 2008 at 2:29 pm

No one went to his funeral.


Editweapon May 6, 2008 at 2:41 pm

My reaction reading your stories. Nice job so far team!

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DieLaughing May 6, 2008 at 2:46 pm

They all slept unwillingly for awhile.


Elric August 30, 2014 at 12:07 pm

I could read a book about this without finding such real-world apahepcros!


mibdepot May 6, 2008 at 3:15 pm

knowledge elicitation six ways to sundown


Jes May 6, 2008 at 3:17 pm

lowering the bar raises the happiness


Carrie May 6, 2008 at 3:33 pm

My favorite quote..

Not all who wander are lost.


Bryan Frasier May 6, 2008 at 4:08 pm

He arose. “Who am i?” Death!


Michelle Riggen-Ransom May 6, 2008 at 4:58 pm

In love, she fell. Gravity kills.


Adam Darowski May 6, 2008 at 5:03 pm

(also tweeted…)

Sunrise. Nevermind. Still tired. Thud. Zzzzz.


Jason Cazier May 6, 2008 at 5:49 pm

My six word story ends here.


Roger R May 6, 2008 at 6:23 pm

She cries; oblivious mom. Dad touches.


SouthAustin May 6, 2008 at 7:09 pm

Enter to win. Welcome to America.


Deb on the Rocks May 6, 2008 at 8:07 pm

It’s hard to stop at six.


RecruiterGuy May 7, 2008 at 5:10 am

She blogged from work. No more.


mikemookie May 7, 2008 at 6:25 am

With love, he waits. She walks.


el scorcho May 7, 2008 at 11:31 am

again, I’m late to the party.


Bethany9009 November 13, 2008 at 3:04 pm

There is a Christian next door


tammy February 23, 2009 at 7:29 pm

Branded as apathetic, Wish I cared


zoe February 27, 2009 at 8:40 pm

School mourns suicide of friendless student.


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