National Storytelling Week

Sense 6 word story competition. National Storytelling Week on orange background

Introduction

Welcome to the storytelling competition with a twist. Legend has it that Ernest Hemmingway, while having lunch with his friends, placed a bet that he could create a story in just six words. While the group were placing their money in the centre of the table, Hemmingway wrote his story on a napkin. He then passed the napkin around the table and proceeded to collect his winnings. His friends were in shock as they passed the napkin which read:

‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’

This is a challenge to anyone and everyone expanding on Hemmingway’s initial idea. Who among you can tell the best six word story using any format? These stories can be told in braille, sign, pictures or any form of communication. Have a look below to see how you can get involved.

Overview and results:

Legend has it that Ernest Hemmingway, while having lunch with his friends, placed a bet that he could create a story in just six words. While the group were placing their money in the centre of the table, Hemmingway wrote his story on a napkin. He then passed the napkin around the table and proceeded to collect his winnings. His friends were in shock as they passed the napkin which read:

‘For sale: baby shoes, never worn.’

From this came the Sense Six Word Story Competition. A challenge to anyone and everyone to be more creative than Hemmingway and write a six-word story in any accessible format they choose. The competition lasted a week and the entries were tallied up and compiled soon after.

The results came in and after some fierce competition, a winner was chosen as the champion of the Sense Six Word Story competition. A panel of judges, comprised of people supported by Sense, gathered in Kings Cross to deliberate over all the entries. The number of entries and the topics they covered were astounding which made the judges job even harder.

Every entry was an amazing contribution but unfortunately there could be only one winner…

First Place:

You said what? You are joking? – Dave Rodgers

Runners Up:

Run, run they said. I ran! – emst81

Discrimination no more, equality for all. – charlottecoley96

Honourable Mention:

Mayana McDermott

Congratulations to our winner and runners up and a huge thank you to everyone that entered!

Rules

  • To enter, prepare your six word story in any format that you like. Upload it onto your social media channel of choice (Twitter, Instagram or Facebook). Make sure you tag Sense using @SenseCharity and add the hashtag #SixWordStory.
  • Stories must be six words – no more, no less.
  • Stories can be delivered in any accessible format including; BSL, SSE, written word, picture, widget, object of reference, etc.
  • All entries must be in by Monday 4 February and the winner will be announced on the Wednesday 6 February.
  • No copying someone else’s story!

The Prize

The winner of the competition will be announced on Wednesday 6 February via social media. They’ll also have their story featured in the next edition of our magazine Talking Sense, which is read by thousands of people. First place will also receive a Sense goodie bag.

The two runners up will also be announced on social media and have their stories featured in Talking Sense.

The winner and two runners up will also be issued with bragging rights.

Terms and Conditions

  1. The promoter is Sense (charity no. 289868) whose registered office is at 101 Pentonville Road, N1 9LG.
  2. The competition is open to everyone except judges of the competition.
  3. There is no entry fee and no purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Route to entry for the competition and details of how to enter are detailed above.
  6. Closing date for entry will be Monday 4 February. After this date no further entries to the competition will be permitted.
  7. No responsibility can be accepted for entries not received for whatever reason.
  8. The promoter reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition and these terms and conditions without notice in the event of a catastrophe, war, civil or military disturbance, act of God or any actual or anticipated breach of any applicable law or regulation or any other event outside of the promoter’s control. Any changes to the competition will be notified to entrants as soon as possible by the promoter.
  9. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  10. The promoter is not responsible for inaccurate prize details supplied to any entrant by any third party connected with this competition.
  11. The prize is as follows: A feature article in the publication Talking Sense and to have the story featured on Sense’s social media channels. First place will also receive a Sense goodie bag. The prize is as stated and no cash or other alternatives will be offered. The prizes are not transferable. Prizes are subject to availability and we reserve the right to substitute any prize with another of equivalent value without giving notice.
  12. Winners will be a chosen panel of judges appointed by the Promoter.
  13. The winner will be notified on the most suitable social media platform within 2 days of the closing date.
  14. The promoter will notify the winner as well as when and where the prize can be collected / is delivered.
  15. The promoter’s decision in respect of all matters to do with the competition will be final and no correspondence will be entered into.
  16. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  17. The competition and these terms and conditions will be governed by English law and any disputes will be subject to the exclusive jurisdiction of the courts of England.
  18. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and image in any publicity material, as well as their entry. Any personal data relating to the winner or any other entrants will be used solely in accordance with current UK data protection legislation and will not be disclosed to a third party without the entrant’s prior consent.
  19. Entry into the competition will be deemed as acceptance of these terms and conditions.
  20. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook, Twitter or any other Social Network. You are providing your information to Sense and not to any other party. The information provided will be used in conjunction with the following Privacy Policy found at https://www.sense.org.uk/privacy/
  21. Sense‘s decision as to those able to take part and selection of winners is final. No correspondence relating to the competition will be entered into.
  22. Sense shall have the right, at its sole discretion and at any time, to change or modify these terms and conditions, such change shall be effective immediately upon posting to this webpage.
  23. Sense also reserves the right to cancel the competition if circumstances arise outside of its control.

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