Friday, 25 October 2013

The One Show 10 word story competition

 Here in the UK, we have a programme called "The One Show" and they are running a competition this week. Write a story in ten words. Sounds simple. I marvelled at the example of  Hemmingway's concise six words which reveal so much with such brevity and poignancy. 

I posted this in case any bloggers fancied entering or trying your hand at a ten word story. I spent much of the afternoon trying to come up with something. It was difficult!

Read all about the competition below:
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Can you write a story in just 10 words?

Richard & Judy are on the show next Wednesday to talk about their search for a new bestselling author. So we thought we’d see if we could find the best writers amongst our One Show audience.

So since it’s said that Ernest Hemmingway once wrote a “novel” in only six words

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We thought we’d ask you to send us in your stories in just ten words.They can be in any genre; love, horror or suspense, they just have to be ten words long.

So get writing and send us your very short stories. Send it with your name, age and where you are from. email us on or post it here. Get creative....

And, here's my attempt (in less than ten words)

Stars of David surrendered, herded into shower blocks, we...


  1. That's awesome sir. Quite challenging to write something in ten words or less. You nailed it.

    1. Thanks Keith. Is your second sentence above your entry?

  2. What pothooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooole?

    Anna :o]

  3. oh nice tension in your sentence....we have a similar thing, ginsberg used to write them...american sentences....

  4. Ambulance arrives after baby, midwife on speakerphone; not again!

    1. Ha-that doesn't sound like fiction Andy! :)

  5. Smart piece...whew, got me. Brilliant writing.


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