500 words for $1,000

June 7th, 2007 by Larry Smith

buddhas.jpgSo many stories, so many word counts available to memoirists these days. To sort this all out, here’s a round up, in order of rumination.

For $0 and a chance to be in a future SMITH Magazine book of six-word memoirs, you can write six words.

For $0 and a chance to be in 400 Words— which has a snazzy new redesign and is edited by SMITH contributing editor Katherine Sharpe—you can write 400 words. Current topic: work stories.

For a chance to appear in Opium Magazine and win $1,000, you can enter its 500-word memoir contest. (Opium’s the co-obsession of SMITH’s wonderful World Tour Compatibility Test scribe Elizabeth Koch). And in meta-moment #763, the judge of the contest is one of our six-word memoirists Daniel Handler. Like the best of the short, short life stories we’ve received, his could only be his: “What? Lemony Snicket? Lemony Snicket? What?”

One thousand Buddhas from Flickr’s JB55.