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, email me:

  • your family-friendly (no swearing, extreme violence etc.) 6-word stories. No titles, just the stories. You can send me 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 later months (they run the last Friday of each month). I will let you know in advance.
  • 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, 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. If you don’t have one but want one, I design WordPress blogs / websites from just £100 / $150.:)
  • If it’s suitable, I’ll 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).
  • 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.
  • And do also enter my free… 100-word competition and 500-word challenge.

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 178. The thirty-fourth batch of 6-word stories by Chong Teck SIM, Mark Kyours trulyand you could have your 6-word stories included here (24th June).
  • FFF 181. The thirty-fifth batch of 6-word stories by Chong Teck SIM, Mark Kyours truly (29th July).
  • FFF 183. The thirty-sixth batch of 6-word stories by Chong Teck SIM, Mark Kyours truly (26th August).
  • and so on…
Thank you and I look forward to receiving your submissions for this, and the usual 500-word slot.
(with an e)

10 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.


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