A Story in Ten Words?

Could you write a story in just ten words? That was the challenge at ChickLitShorties, their Extra Short Story Contest. I missed the deadline but that won’t stop me from trying the challenge.

Extra Shorty Contest, Special Edition: “10″

So what’s with all the “10″ mentions? Our theme for this contest is 10! Why? Because 10.10.10 is coming up, and we thought we’d celebrate it! And since we all also have 10 fingers and 10 toes, well, why not?

Let’s start with the first 10: It takes 10 words to enter. That’s right, each story is to be (exactly) 10 words. No, we’re not crazy – Ernest Hemingway is famous for allegedly raising the question of how short can a short story be, and then proposing that his six word creation: “For Sale: baby shoes, never worn” qualifies. So you see, we’re generous! We’re gifting you a whole four extra words to be creative with. We know you’ll make good use of them.

Give it a try. Here’s what I came up with:

Flat champagne, salty cheesecake, newly married on a lifeboat honeymoon.

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