New Leaf Giveaway to Celebrate Spring!

A quick note from the Pub Crawl and New Leaf teams: The contest is now closed. THANK YOU so much to everyone who entered the contest! We have so many wonderful six-word stories!!! A winner will be announced soon. Happy summer!!!

Hello Pub Crawlers!

The New Leaf Literary team is really excited that the weather has finally warmed up. It’s perfect for reading in Central Park, lunches in Bryant Park, walks along the river, and more—and so we wanted to celebrate.

A bundle of books is up for grabs to the person who can come up with a fantastic summer themed six word story (yes, you heard correctly—only six words!), judged by the team at New Leaf.

Here are the books you could win:

  • Snow Like Ashes by Sara Raasch
  • Strange & Ever After by Susan Dennard
  • Sanctum by Sarah Fine
  • Shut Out by Kody Keplinger
  • a movie tie-in edition of Insurgent by Veronica Roth

This exercise, for those of you who don’t know, comes from Ernest Hemingway, who knew how difficult something like this would be to achieve. If you need an idea of a few famous examples, see the below:

For sale: Baby shoes. Never worn. —Ernest Hemingway

Longed for him. Got him. Shit. —Margaret Atwood

Wasted day. Wasted life. Dessert, please. —Steven Meretzky

We only have three rules.

  1. It must be exactly six words (and your own words only).
  2. It must celebrate/focus on the theme of summer.
  3. Be as creative as you want!

Please post your stories in the comments section. We’re looking forward to reading them!

♥ —the New Leaf team

UPDATE: The winner of our contest was…

LINDA!

With the awesome story:

Mouthful of salt water. Undertow wins.

Thank you to all our amazing entrants!!

                                

88 Responses to New Leaf Giveaway to Celebrate Spring!

  1. Anne Anthony May 12 2015 at 7:23 am #

    Spring sprung summer’s sizzle so suddenly.

  2. Stacey Campbell May 12 2015 at 7:39 am #

    Summer epitomized: fresh grass, long days.

  3. Patricia Moussatche May 12 2015 at 7:57 am #

    Sun, surf, wind, wave, deep, drown.

  4. Luana May 12 2015 at 8:06 am #

    Can you submit more than one?
    This is not my story… The six words are just a coincidence 🙂

  5. Naseem Jamnia May 12 2015 at 8:46 am #

    The coffin melted her ice-cream. Oops.

  6. Luana May 12 2015 at 8:47 am #

    Sun, breeze, grass, heat, book. Smile.

  7. Nikhita May 12 2015 at 8:48 am #

    Sunburn, heartburn. Problems of summer excitement.

  8. Leandra Wallace May 12 2015 at 8:49 am #

    What fun!! And great books! Here’s mine:

    Dripping cone. Sandaled toes. Perfectly happy.

  9. Ellie May 12 2015 at 9:06 am #

    Oh man, I’ve never been good at this. Here’s my shot at it! haha

    Summer love melted faster than ice-cream.

  10. nicola mclean May 12 2015 at 9:17 am #

    Scottish summer, keep your umbrella handy.

  11. Christina May 12 2015 at 9:26 am #

    Warm breeze, stolen kisses, summer love.

  12. Elesia May 12 2015 at 9:29 am #

    heat, sweat, sunburn; memories never forgotten.

  13. Luana May 12 2015 at 9:32 am #

    Not sure if you can submit a second one, but here it goes:

    Old beach, young girl, new summer.

  14. Bree May 12 2015 at 9:33 am #

    With the heat, came the melting.

  15. Marie Davies May 12 2015 at 9:36 am #

    Footsteps in the sand. Only mine.

  16. Rae Chang May 12 2015 at 9:37 am #

    Encircling arms. Picnic blanket. Endless sunlight.

  17. Jessica Lawson May 12 2015 at 9:40 am #

    Sunburned family picnic. Ocean. Forgot meds.

  18. Robin Reul May 12 2015 at 9:40 am #

    Lounge chair, cold drink, book, go!

  19. Linda McLaren May 12 2015 at 9:42 am #

    Eighty degrees. Shit. Remember snow? No.

  20. Stephanie Quinn May 12 2015 at 9:46 am #

    Book packed. Sunscreen on. Sand–*sigh*.

  21. Lizzie the Sarcastic Blonde May 12 2015 at 9:50 am #

    Outside all day. Sunburn now peeling.

  22. Nicola McLean May 12 2015 at 10:17 am #

    Can we have more than 1 go?!

    Holiday romance. You lied, I itch.

    • Monicken May 17 2015 at 3:51 am #

      Sausages, burgers call the fire brigade!

  23. Genna May 12 2015 at 10:29 am #

    Sunshine, ocean, seaside cliffs. Coastal drive.

  24. Linda May 12 2015 at 10:37 am #

    Swing and a miss. Strike three!

  25. Linda May 12 2015 at 10:42 am #

    Hotdogs. Hamburgers. Light the grill!

    • Linda May 12 2015 at 10:45 am #

      Hotdogs and Hamburgers. Light the grill!

  26. Rowenna May 12 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Summer fades, breakup tattoos are forever.

  27. Kalani May 12 2015 at 10:43 am #

    Warm days, summer haze, hot faze.

  28. Linda May 12 2015 at 10:48 am #

    Mouthful of salt water. Undertow wins.

  29. Emma May 12 2015 at 11:04 am #

    Summer’s here. Must shave legs. Crap.

  30. Nancy Tandon May 12 2015 at 11:06 am #

    Complained all winter, now too hot.

  31. Kristen Rademacher May 12 2015 at 11:08 am #

    Grass cut. Charcoal’s hot. Let’s eat!

  32. @1Book1Marist May 12 2015 at 11:09 am #

    Camping, smores, friends and books! Bliss.

  33. Alexa S. May 12 2015 at 11:23 am #

    Hands touch. A spark. Suddenly, fireworks.

  34. Fida Islaih May 12 2015 at 11:48 am #

    I can only laugh to live.

  35. Chelsea May 12 2015 at 11:53 am #

    Her death came like summer heat.

  36. Laura C May 12 2015 at 11:58 am #

    School doors close, one collective sigh.

  37. Alexis May 12 2015 at 11:58 am #

    Nobody expects the apocalypse in flip-flops.

  38. Luana May 12 2015 at 11:58 am #

    Third try:

    Summer storm. Sudden calm. Lost seafarer.

  39. Aly May 12 2015 at 12:03 pm #

    Bliss – I’m carefree as the bumblebees.

  40. Meghan May 12 2015 at 12:06 pm #

    Summer solstice. She opts to reap.

  41. Becky May 12 2015 at 12:17 pm #

    Great British Summer: Wet and windy.

  42. Bonnie Jacoby May 12 2015 at 12:25 pm #

    First sail. Summer storm. Empty sea.

  43. Abby May 12 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Roadside lemonade stand. Take our chances?

  44. Kelly Palmet May 12 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Sunburned. Grounded. He smiles. Worth it.

  45. Lauren May 12 2015 at 12:26 pm #

    Summer was dead…or was it?

  46. Chris May 12 2015 at 12:32 pm #

    Melted ice cream. Sunburn. Fuck this.

  47. Kami May 12 2015 at 12:42 pm #

    Too cold. Too warm. Just right.

  48. P.D. Pabst May 12 2015 at 12:45 pm #

    Work done! Family. Grilling! Opens beer.

  49. Lorie E May 12 2015 at 12:46 pm #

    School’s out. Trees, firecrackers, BMX. ER.

  50. Stephanie Garber
    Stephanie Garber May 12 2015 at 1:39 pm #

    First kiss. No call. Long summer.

  51. Hana Iudin May 12 2015 at 1:44 pm #

    A miracle! Snow in the summer

  52. Rosie Pova May 12 2015 at 2:14 pm #

    Beach, margarita, new book. Finally, heaven!

  53. Devin Berglund May 12 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Flickers of light. Fairies, until morning.

  54. Bailey May 12 2015 at 2:53 pm #

    Sun-kissed skin. He leaves. She burns.

  55. Jennifer May 12 2015 at 4:15 pm #

    Sunburns. Honeysuckles. Fireflies. Memories are made.

  56. Kairee-Anne May 12 2015 at 5:44 pm #

    Memories of Twilight skies and ice cream.

  57. Katherine May 12 2015 at 5:47 pm #

    Butterflies; the hope of something new.

  58. Holly May 12 2015 at 5:48 pm #

    Flowers. Bees. Sharp pinch…can’t breathe!

  59. Jennifer Lancaster May 12 2015 at 6:23 pm #

    Summer is too hot. Staying indoors.

  60. Brittany May 12 2015 at 6:26 pm #

    Lust happens in Summer. Not love.

  61. Brittany Burton May 12 2015 at 6:50 pm #

    “Mom, it’s my last summer. Please?”

  62. Carol May 12 2015 at 7:54 pm #

    Beach Blanket Landed Beach Bunnie Billionaire

  63. Leslie A.M. Smith May 12 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    Fascinating fireworks. Short fuse. Boom! Lefty.

  64. Kim Graff May 13 2015 at 12:46 am #

    Summer love. Fall wedding. Winter funeral.

  65. Dominic Mindaro May 13 2015 at 9:10 am #

    Find fun. Triathlon activities. Freaking injured.

  66. Anna-Maria Crum May 13 2015 at 10:11 am #

    She said. He said. Divorce final.

  67. Lisa Mulcahy May 13 2015 at 10:25 am #

    “Found: bloated, sticky corpse; heatwave.” Guilty…

  68. Lisa Mulcahy May 13 2015 at 10:27 am #

    Feral urges, dog days of summer.

  69. Natalie May 13 2015 at 11:08 am #

    Late night, windows down, volume up.

  70. JQ Trotter May 13 2015 at 1:34 pm #

    Winter’s broken heart is sunmer’s restart.

  71. Lisa Mulcahy May 13 2015 at 4:25 pm #

    Whadya wanna do? Dunno, you? Meh.

  72. Lanie Elvin May 13 2015 at 4:43 pm #

    Summer is long, but I’m alone.

  73. Rachel May 13 2015 at 5:40 pm #

    Red checkered blanket, juicy watermelon,ants!!!!!!!

  74. Shae/Shelver @ Shae Has Left The Room May 13 2015 at 9:47 pm #

    Long days. Summer sun. Grumpy vamps.

  75. Caylee May 13 2015 at 10:46 pm #

    Crab claws pulled me under water.

  76. Krysta May 14 2015 at 12:21 am #

    Barbeque. Fireworks. First love, now dead.

  77. Joti May 14 2015 at 8:01 am #

    Hot night. Creaky bed. Annoyed neighbour.

  78. Emily May 14 2015 at 8:53 am #

    Upturned soil. Bait set. Not fishing.

  79. Lara Martin May 14 2015 at 9:22 am #

    Father arrived. Unannounced. Unexpected. Goodbye summer.

  80. Kristin May 14 2015 at 10:56 am #

    Orange bikini. He smiles. Tequila sunrise.

  81. Anna-Maria Crum May 15 2015 at 2:05 am #

    Jack and Jill. Suspicious accident. Insurance fraud.

    • Anna-Maria Crum May 15 2015 at 5:05 pm #

      I messed up on this one. I used 7 words. I can’t count.

  82. Patricia P. May 15 2015 at 5:21 am #

    Heat stroke. Cold corpse. Goodbye, summer.

  83. Anna-Maria Crum May 15 2015 at 5:06 pm #

    Lives in shoe. Twenty kids. Vasectomy.

  84. Vanessa Valiente May 16 2015 at 12:11 pm #

    Travel. Scotland. Hoping to find Jaime.

  85. Susan May 16 2015 at 8:29 pm #

    Not now. Too hot. Maybe tomorrow.

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