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And the Winners of the Six-Word Housing Story Contest Are…

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

By Larry Smith

To celebrate our excerpt of Gimme Shelter and interview with author Mary Elizabeth Williams, we held a little contest: What’s your six-word housing story? More than 200 of you left your six words in the comments section of her interview as well as below the initial contest call. We saw themes emerge, such as caring for parents (”Living with Dad. Babysitting the babysitter”), false hopes (”Mice only help clean in movies”), and strange moves (”Moved from cell to Park Slope”). No shock that Shelter scribe Williams had a tricky time picking her top three entries. Here they are.

Top dog:
“It’s not much, but it’s mine,” by Nick

“Like ‘Money Pit,’ only not funny,” by Voodoo Lady

“I never got the paint right,” by Betian

Special runner-up fourth prize that I decided to award because it made me laugh out loud:
“Barbie’s house just went into foreclosure,” by Lora

Each winner receives a copy of Gimme Shelter, with the grand-prize sixer also receiving a couple of six-word memoir books, too. Thanks to everyone for playing the six-word shelter game.

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One response

  1. Lora Mitchell says:

    Hi Larry: Ok…finally got it!! Wow…Thank you so much for my special runner-up fourth prize which you decided to award because it made you laugh out loud. Enjoyed the photo of Barbie’s dream house which is posted. Looking forward to receiving my prizes. I love these contests..not because I’ve won a few but because they are so much fun to enter. Looking forward to the next ones.

    Onward & Upward,
    Lora Mitchell

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