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The top two finishers in the fifth annual Six-Word Story Contest: Lucas Henrique and Alexandria Belony Image by: Colleen Locke
December 7, 2016

Six-Word Story Contest Winners Tackle Tough Subjects


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Creative Writing Program Holds Contest for Fifth Year

Many writers find it difficult to express themselves in only a few words, but Lucas Henrique’s winning entry in this year’s Six-Word Story Contest managed to say a lot in a small space.

On Monday, Henrique, an economics major from Somerville, took the top $100 prize in the fifth annual Six-Word Story Contest sponsored by the Master’s of Fine Arts and undergraduate Creative Writing programs. His story: "Patient, hungry buzzards circle over Aleppo."

“I feel pretty strongly about the Syrian refugee crisis, and people aren’t really talking about it, so I just wanted to put in here just so people would remember that it’s actually happening right now,” Henrique said.

Undergraduate students from any major could submit up to three entries, but each story had to be told in exactly six words.

Runner up Alexandria Belony knew she might be on to something when she first shared her six-word story with English 101 classmates.

Belony, a nursing major from Brockton, says each student had their own interpretation of what she meant by, "She threw dirt as she cried."

“So I thought, ‘Oh, this is a good one,” Belony said.

The other runner up, Evan Mclean, wasn’t able to attend Monday’s reading of the top 20 entries. His story: "His words grew an asphalt garden."

Both Mclean and Belony received $50 for their efforts.

At Monday’s reading, the directors of the Creative Writing Program, professors Daniel Remein and Patrick Barron, encouraged both English and non-English majors to look into the creative writing minor, or the creative writing concentration within the English major. For those who need a few more characters to be creative, the program plans to once again hold a Twitter Poetry Contest in the spring.

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