“Last Night I Was a Model” — The Six-Word Memoir Contest

November 27th, 2006 by Larry Smith

Last week, somewhat quietly under the cover of Thanksgiving, we launched the Six-Word Memoir Contest. And you flooded us with the telling, intense, goofy, heartbreaking, and side-splittingly funny six-word stories of your life.

“Jew-born. Yeshiva-educated. Date goyim.”
“Traded mastheads for desert, big sky.”
“These sails have never settled long.”
“Divorced! Thank God for Internet personals.”
“The black sheep of my family.”

Hundred of these have come in and we love them all. But we love some a little more than others. So if you sign up for a free service from a cool new company called Twitter, you’ll get the memoir-of-the day, sent straight to your cell phone for the duration of the contest. Big fun, plus everyone who submits a six-word life story and also signs up for Twitter is eligible to win an iPod. It works like this:

1. Sign up at Twitter.com you’ll get a “verify email.” Approve that.
2. Then go to twitter.com/smithmag and click “make your friend.”
3. Finally, go SETTINGS —> PHONE and type in your cell. You’ll be texted a verification code, which you’ll type into a field on the screen right there in front of you.

That’s it. Then let the perfect little stories roll in.

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