Posted by: GravatarWon'tDeleteMyAccount | September 7, 2008

Very Short Stories Illustrated by Josh Webb

This week, a treat: A CC-licensed collection of 6-word stories, written by William Shatner, Joss Whedon, Ursula K. LeGuin, Cory Doctorow (of course) and more, all illustrated by the talented Josh Webb.

As you may or may not know, Ernest Hemingway once famously boasted that he could write a short story in six words. To prove himself, he produced this gem:

For sale: baby shoes, never worn.

Enter into this tradition this very short book of very short stories: a compilation of six-word tales, commissioned by WIRED magazine in 2006 and illustrated by Josh Webb. There’s not a hell of a lot that one can say about stories this short, but, thanks to the marvellous invention that is the Creative Commons license, I can post them here for you to read for yourselves! Enjoy!


Please check out Josh Webb’s site, at, where you can download a .pdf version of the book for yourself, and even submit your own very short stories.

Keep reading, keep writing!

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