Can you write a complete story in only six words? Miami Book Fair International has issued a unique challenge called #6WordsMiami. If you can master the challenge, your story could be an official selection at the fair this November.
Here’s the deal: Tell a complete story using a half-dozen words. You can tweet or post your story on Facebook using the hashtag #6WordsMiami or email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The best stories will be interpreted and shot by a professional photographer — fitting because the idea for the contest was inspired by postcards. “I thought it would be fun to do... a twist on the iconic ‘wish you were here’ postcard,” explains Lissette Mendez, the program’s director at the Center for Literature and Theatre at Miami Dade College. “The photographer we will choose will be someone who loves capturing that ‘Miaminess.’ It’s a way to recognize the talent of the writers who are sending their work in and also to highlight a local photographer.”
Six winning stories will be interpreted by the photographer and published in a limited-edition postcard set. One winner will also present her or his story in person at the fair.
If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ll find it (along with tasty libations) this Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m., when #6wordsmiami hosts a happy hour at R House (2727 NW Second Ave., Miami). Mendez promises that attendees “can grab a drink and write their stories and meet other people who like books.”
Thu., July 24, 6-8 p.m., 2014