6-word FFFs

(with their 6-word biographies)
Deadline: the Wednesday before the final Friday of the month
(stories received thereafter will roll over to the following batch)**

lightning 143523Inspired by a guest blog piece entitled ‘Writing Flash Memoir‘ by flash fiction and non-fiction author Jane Hertenstein, I have been running, from 26th July 2013, Flash Fiction Fridays compiled solely of 6-word fiction on the last Friday of the month, together with 6-word biographies.  (click on the green ‘batch’ links below to read the stories)

Ernest Hemingway’s ‘For Sale: Baby Shoes, Never Worn’ is the most well-known example. It can tell us a ‘now’ or ongoing situation, a feeling, anything you like, but it has to make sense (and ideally have a start, middle and end!). See below for examples…

Guidelines: If you’d like your 6-word stories considered, complete the form below with:

  • your family-friendly (no swearing, extreme violence etc.) 6-word stories. No titles, just the stories. You can submit as many stories as you like (via the form below) but I only run a maximum of ten per author per month so some may appear in later months (they run the last Friday of each month). No need to number them, just list on separate lines (with no blank lines in between). This makes it easier for me to copy / paste into my template. Thanks.
  • your 6-word third-person biography e.g. John Smith (linked to, vampire writer by night. Yes, not kidding. Your name will count as two words (or one if you just want to use your first name or a nickname, and I can link your website to it) so you have 4-5 words to tell us all about you. 🙂
  • That’s it. No photo, no book synopsis, just your 6-worders and 6-word biography. And please remember to include your website address, Amazon page or book link. If you don’t have one but want one, I design WordPress blogs / websites from just £100 / $150.
  • If it’s suitable, I’ll either email you with the Friday I plan to run it and your name will be added to the schedule on this page as well as on the Flash Fiction Fridays page (for which I welcome submissions of up to family-friendly 500 words) or if near the deadline, I will just run the 6-worders on the final Friday and send you the link.
  • The deadline is the Wednesday before the final Friday of the month (midnight UK time). Any received thereafter will be posted with the following month’s batch. The limit is ten per month per author (plus their 6-word biography). Any additional six-worders received will roll over to the following month’s batch providing they are suitable.
  • NB. only submit via the form below. Do not email your stories to me, do not submit via the comments section either below or in another post, e.g. not on a previous or current month’s batch once they have gone live.
  • You are also welcome to enter my free 100-word competition (again via its own submission form to the relevant month’s theme ensuring your story is 100 words exactly, no more, no less).

NOTE: Because of the high volume of enquiries received generally, I don’t schedule in advance of receiving the content as I’ve been let down in the past and it creates unnecessary extra work. If accepted, your story/ies will be listed below and on the Flash Fiction Fridays page.

POSTED (click on the green ‘batch’ links to read the stories):
  • FFF 193. The forty-fourth batch of 6-word stories by Chong Teck SIM, Mark K, yours trulyand you could have your 6-word stories included here (26th May). The deadline is 24th May.
  • FFF 196. The forty-fifth batch of 6-word stories by Chong Teck SIM, Mark K, yours trulyand you could have your 6-word stories included here (30th June). The deadline is 28th June.
  • FFF 199. The forty-sixth batch of 6-word stories by Chong Teck SIM, Mark K, yours trulyand you could have your 6-word stories included here (28th July). The deadline is 26th July.
  • FFF 202. The forty-seventh batch of 6-word stories by Chong Teck SIM, Mark K, yours trulyand you could have your 6-word stories included here (25th August). The deadline is 23rd August.
  • and so on…
Thank you and I look forward to receiving your submissions for this, the <500-word Flash Fiction Fridays, and the 100-word competition entries.
(with an e)

16 responses to “6-word FFFs

  1. Mark K

    December 3, 2013 at 4:16 pm

    THANK YOU! Morgen with an e, for all of your support and advice.

    I had to shout that because i, and i’m sure many others, appreciate everything you’ve done, and do.

    Having not read a book for thirty-odd years (before attempting to write one) I always thought the writing community was closed, and, dare i say, a little cold. Why I thought that i have no idea at all. But how lovely to have been proved so completely and utterly wrong! I’ve met some fantastic writers and some very nice people.

    I think an awful lot of us out there not only enjoy your site, but learn a lot from it too.

    I most certainly have.

    Thanks again, Morgen with an e.

    Mark K

    • morgenbailey

      December 3, 2013 at 6:31 pm

      Ah, thank you, Mark. It’s been a real pleasure meeting so many people because of this blog, social networking etc. I really don’t think any other industry is so supportive, probably because we know how hard it is… but also that once it gets its claws into us, we don’t want to let them go. 🙂

  2. flashpoetguy

    February 2, 2014 at 5:14 pm

    Thanks, Morgen!

  3. sharkbytes

    March 21, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    I am confused. I can’t read the stories? They are only on podcast?

    • morgenbailey

      March 21, 2014 at 9:00 pm

      Not at all, sharkbytes. This is a summary page of all the stories that have been posted and are scheduled. If you go to the ‘posted’ section, you’ll see green links entitled ‘the first batch of 6-word stories’, ‘the second batch…’ etc. If you click on those you’ll see each month’s stories. I’ve added an explanation on how to find them so sorry it wasn’t clear.

  4. Connie Cockrell

    May 16, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    How cool. Thanks for stopping by my blog.

  5. Alphawings

    December 14, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Six word stories are what I usually write, so it was apt to submit one. 😀

    • morgenbailey

      December 24, 2015 at 2:14 pm

      Excellent. Thank you, Luke. You’re welcome to submit up to ten per month so feel free to send more for 29th January.

  6. Debs

    July 2, 2016 at 11:26 am

    I’ve taken the teeniest step towards writing thanks to the fffs. It’s quite exciting!

  7. Debs

    July 15, 2016 at 6:25 pm

    When do the next batch go online?

    • morgenbailey

      July 15, 2016 at 7:48 pm

      Hi Debs. It’s always the last Friday of the month so they’ll go up July 29th.

  8. Stephen John Lodge

    September 1, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    Dear Morgen, hope you are well. New month so just sent my 10 x 6 word stories for Sept to you. Thanks so much. Have a great day.

    • morgenbailey

      September 1, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Received (and enjoyed). Thank you, Stephen. They will go live on Friday 30th Sept.

  9. nostalgicablog

    October 2, 2016 at 11:21 am

    Thank you, Morgen. You are right. Cheese is very important. I even hope to incorporate the word in the title of my first book. Hope you are having a great weekend.


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