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Fourth Annual Six-Word Story contest winners announced

Best out of 88 submitted stories is: 'Broken mast, listing to starboard. SOS'

COURTESY CITY OF SHERWOOD - The Sherwood Public Library's top three Six-Word Story Contest winners were recently named.Recently, writers of all ages submitted 88 entries to the local Six Word Story contest inspired by Ernest Hemingway, sponsored by the Sherwood Public Library.

The contest was based on a literary legend that started it all: While having dinner with fellow writers of the famous Algonquin Round Table in New York City, Ernest Hemingway bet he could write a story in just six words. They bet not. He grabbed a pen and a napkin and wrote: "For Sale: baby shoes, never worn."  They paid up and Hemingway called it his best work.

And the winners are:

First place: Jeanne Aloia

"Broken mast, listing to starboard. SOS."

Second place: Ulrike Coulliette

"Only the cat saw her leave."

Third place: Kyla Jarmer (age 11)

"Regretfully, the inexperienced surgeon exclaimed "'Ooops!'"

Sherwood Public Library has held this Six Word Story contest for four years, with the tradition of announcing the winners during National Library Week.

Prizes included magnetic poetry sets and many other goodies to keep our local writers inspired. Big thanks to this year's judges: Ray Pitz, Sherwood Gazette editor; Joe Gall, Sherwood City Manager; Tammy Steffens, city of Sherwood volunteer coordinator; and Leah Burgess, Sherwood Center of the Arts events and arts program coordinator.

Look for a display at Sherwood Public Library of the winners and honorable mentions, along with other displays honoring how libraries transform their communities, in honor of National Library Week, April 9-15.