My name is Hache L. Jones - Hache pronounced "Ash" and this project is my brainchild. Like anything conceived by the brain of a child it is both unapologetically ambitious and probably impossible to achieve without magic. But magic is always somewhere close by. Ever heard of Flash Fiction? Wikipedia says "Flash fiction is a style of fictional literature of extreme brevity." But how brief is brief? The most famous example is widely attributed to the author Ernest Hemingway, According to Arthur C. Clarke "While lunching with friends at a restaurant, Hemingway bets the table ten dollars each that he can craft an entire story in six words. After the pot is assembled, Hemingway writes
"For sale: baby shoes, never worn."
on a napkin, passes this around the table, and collects his winnings.
Whether that story is true or not, the fact remains that those six words are powerfully evocative and we cannot avoid wondering what events led up to the sale of the shoes. Initially you might think the reason for selling the shoes can only be tragic and due to loss. And, let's face it, it may have been ... but ... not necessarily. There could be joyous reasons, mundane reasons or hilarious reasons. It may even be that the words "For sale: baby shoes, never worn" mean something else entirely – a coded message perhaps? An anagram? Let your imagination fly ...
So "The Baby Shoes Project" is inviting you to submit your own little piece of flash fiction telling a story in which the reader will readily be able to identify how the tale relates to those words even if they are not quoted directly. You don't have to limit yourself to just 6 words - we are, none of us, Hemingway - but you must not exceed 500 words. That's the limit. The stories will all be collected and then published in a book which we hope will sell thousands of copies - and all the profits are going to The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Their official letter of authority is available to view here. To find out how to take part - visit our 'Take Part' page now. Or - if you think it sounds interesting but don't want to join in right now - express your interest by going to our 'I'm interested' page.