What a cracking competition the Six Word Short Story competition was. Ms. Smolders, Mr. Ruben and myself were blown away by the creativity and formidable intellect of many of you as Dutch, Spanish and English writers. I laughed, I cried, I loved all of the entries, so choosing only three winners in each category was extraordinarily difficult. I have the honour of announcing the winners, but very well done to all involved.
By Callum Philbin, Ruben Provencio Kuijk and Ilona Smolders, secondary language teachers
First place: Het spijt me, ze zijn dood.
By Zander (grade 11)
Second place: Moederziel alleen, ontmoette hij zijn lot
By Daan (grade 9)
Third place: Een trouwring in een vieze prullenbak
By Sofie (grade 7)
Geboren, gespeeld, gegroeid, gewerkt, genoten geslapen
By Grade 11 – Hassan (grade 11)
één mes, één stap , geschreeuw…stilte.
By Juana (grade 11)
Bal, voet, schiet, goal, yes, gewonnen.
By Julian (grade 6)
First place: I can’t breathe”, “suck it up”
By Nadine (grade 9)
Second place: “Honey, I’m home” I live alone.
By Caterina (grade 8)
Third place: “How’s the family?”, “Empty without you”
By Lotte (grade 8)
Factory worker quits after gruesome death
By Carmen (grade 9)
Sorry fighter, shoes sold in sets
By Tarushi (grade 8)
First place: ¿Dijiste que tenemos tarea para hoy?
By Jiya (grade 10)
Second place: yo vi, pero no dije nada
By Ema (grade 10)
Third place: sin motivación, sin paciencia, gracias covid
By Ayan (grade 10)
Champion Six Word Short Story Writer: Yes! She said. He smiled faintly
By Frank Buijtendijk
Promoted again, got dad ornamental headstone
By Pavithra Srinivasan
Comedian sought. Politician applied. Party cancelled.
By Seckin Ikiz
Virus to Vaccine; Twenty Twenty ‘Won’
By Phanindra Ivatury
Students will receive a kindle (first place), a book voucher (second place) or a selection of Tony’s chocolates (third place) after the May break.
Congratulations to all of our winners and to everyone who entered. At the end of the day, literature isn’t about prizes or recognition: it’s about expressing feelings, emotions and exploring fundamental human truths. It is a way to help us live and eventually die with more knowledge, virtue, and most importantly, our sanity intact. These things can be explored across novels, compendiums or libraries, but sometimes it can be expressed in just six simple words.
Here at ISUtrecht, we showed through this competition the beauty and poignancy of storytelling and the importance of choosing the rights words. Keep creating no matter what the form, keep writing your stories, keep sharing those stories.
Happy World Book Day, Happy Lit. Week to you all!