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We will be establishing some guidelines for SixWordStories, including what makes a six word story, what sort of things are allowed and what are not allowed. It would be in your best interest to follow these, if only so your deviation doesn't get declined. We don't decline many anyway, but we will always explain why your deviation is declined if it is.

We will be enforcing these from now on, so first, please read What is a Six Word Story? to get a general idea on what our definition of one is. Hopefully that will help.


Titles

Titles do not interfere with the six words word count if they are contextual. If six word stories stand on their own (makes sense on its own and acts as a proper story), then titles can be used to give context to the piece i.e influences the piece so that there are alternate interpretations.

However, if the title leads into the story, then more words are added, in that sense, and we do not allow those into the Group as the story does not make sense or act as a proper story on its own.


Batch Six Word Stories

We do not allow these anywhere, partly because you lose out (Members will simply remove stories that they can't fully read in the Preview). We did allow them in Freestyle, but we feel that it cheats the one deviation, per month rule.

If you come up with a batch, choose the best one and submit that one.


Contractions

We will allow contractions, but only one contraction will be allowed in the story. This will count as one word.

If there is more than one contraction, one will count as one word and the rest will count as two words.


Things we allow that do not count as one word at all:

:bulletblue: Punctuation

:bulletblue: Symbols/Abbreviations in front/before numbers (%, $, #, PM, GMT)


Things we allow that count as one word

:bulletblue: Latin & Non-English Abbreviations (i.e, e.g, etc., P.S, R.S.V.P)

:bulletblue: Common hyphenated words (ex-husband, will-o'-the-wisp, twenty-two). Thus, the uncommon count as two words.

:bulletblue: &

:bulletblue: Old English ('twas, 'tis)

:bulletblue: Years (1978, 2001)


Things we do not allow

:bulletblue: Text Speak (STFU, WTF, LOL, ROFL,)

:bulletblue: Emoticon Symbols (:D, :P)

:bulletblue: Math Symbols (+, = )


If you have any queries at all, please don't hesitate to contact us by commenting on this blog or sending us a note! :wave:
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:iconender-wings:
Ender-Wings Mar 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Does a word such as "haven't" count as one or two words?
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Mar 28, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
If you've only used one contraction in the whole piece, then that will count as one word.

If you've used another contraction elsewhere, this counts as two. :nod:
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:iconender-wings:
Ender-Wings Mar 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yep, thanks!
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nekluvshp Mar 7, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Question, can strike-through be used?
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Sure. That counts as one word. :)
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:iconnekluvshp:
nekluvshp Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What if it's more than one word, like a whole sentence/section is crossed out?
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Basically, we treat it as any word. :nod:
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:iconnekluvshp:
nekluvshp Mar 9, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Alrighty then, thank you!
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RowantheFierce Feb 22, 2014  Student Writer
What does a hyphen (-) qualify as? One word, or two?

ex: He paused-

^ as in that context.
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:icon3wyl:
3wyl Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That's fine. If you use it there, it's two words on account of 'He' and 'paused'.
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