And the winner of this week’s Six Word Story Challenge is…

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Greetings Storytellers,

This week I left you the prompt OUTCAST to tempt your muse. I wasn’t feeling particularly sorry for myself since I quite prefer being away from the attention vortex, but I did think it would give rise to some thoughtful stories.

If you had chance to read though the list of entries, you would have found tales of lonely fathers, abandoned babies and the kid picked last in games, amongst many others. Each as heartbreaking as the last.

You may have noticed that the Six Word Story Challenge is growing in popularity and I have all of you to thank. This week we had;

38 stories entered and 99 votes

…the most of each we have ever received! I’d love to break these records every week – let’s see if we can maintain this momentum!

Remember, the new voting system only works if people come and vote so if you could do your best to share the links I throw out on Twitter and Facebook I would appreciate it. The response this week was tremendous and proof that this does work:

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So, without further ado, the winners of this week’s Six Word Story Challenge were:

First place:
Barbed Words with her story – ‘Quack, quack, get out of town.’ 

(I’ll admit, I had to Google this one to understand the significance!)

Second place:
tigercup with the story – ‘You can cry but don’t die.’


Third place:
karenringalls with her story – ‘Alone in the crowd; unseen, unheard, untouched’


Because I am a rubbish moderator, I failed to notice that the story awarded third place actually contains seven words (not the first time I’ve done this). In the spirit of fairness, (and because you’ll voted for your favourites), I am adding a joint third place winner, so…

In joint third place:

patricksponaugle with his story – ‘Well. Happy Father’s Day to me.’

All of this week’s winners are entitled to download and use one of the below badges on their blog as a sign of their storytelling genius.

Until next time,

Nicola x




About Nicola Auckland

Busy wife to one & mum to two. I've caught the creative writing bug, now need to practice, get awesome and write something worth reading. Simples.
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12 Responses to And the winner of this week’s Six Word Story Challenge is…

  1. Pingback: U is for Yew #AtoZChallenge #SixWordStoryChallenge – BARBED WORDS

  2. Barbed Words says:

    Wow, thanks very much! The Hans Christian Anderson Story was on TV a lot when I was young (waaay back in the 70s!!) so I love that song!


  3. Alone in the crowd, unseen, unheard, untouched. Isn’t that seven words?

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    • Yes it is Aayush. Well spotted, I hadn’t even noticed that. Not a very good moderator am I?


      • I’d also like to say that I dislike your new voting system. This is the second time I’ve participated in one of your six word story contests and over the past few days I’d been receiving notifications of people liking my story. I was at the first place with 14 votes and there was some other person who had the same number of votes. So I was pretty excited thinking that I’d be in the top 3 at least and receive one of the awards. But then you changed the voting thing and I got 2 votes. So either 12 other voters simply changed their minds about my story being good or its the problem with the voting system. I’m glad that you got more people to vote than you earlier ever had, but I feel kinda cheated because I just lost a bunch of votes through no fault of my own.


  4. karenringalls says:

    Thank you, Nicola. I enjoy these six word challenges and am quite proud to win third place this week. I proudly posted my badge on my blog at

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    • Hi Karen,
      Aayush kindly pointed out that your story was in fact seven words, a fact that I failed to notice. Usually, I would have pointed this out earlier in the week and asked you to edit and resubmit. I have awarded a joint third place this week in the spirit of fairness since many people enjoyed your story and voted for it. Please see the updated post for your new third place partner!

      Nicola x


      • karenringalls says:

        Wow! I went over it several times myself and never caught it was 7 words! I am willing to relinquish my 3rd place in fairness to others.


  5. trE says:

    Excellent job, everyone! Congratulations winners!

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Good to see that numbers are continuing to increase. You are definitely showing your lack of age there Nicola in having to google the Quack Quack story. I could still sing along with Danny Kaye! Well done to the winners, great tales again!

    Liked by 3 people

    • That’s what I’d have you believe Peter 😉

      I’m so excited by the rise in votes this week, last week there was a third of that number so I am thrilled!

      Don’t think I haven’t noticed your support on my Facebook posts either – it’s much appreciated x

      Liked by 1 person

  7. Patty J says:

    Congratulations winners!!

    Liked by 1 person

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