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Montblanc X Esquire Six-word Story Prize

Can you tell a whole story in six words?

BY Editors | Apr 25, 2017 | Books

Images from the Montblanc X Esquire Fiction Writer Project 2017 event at Mr & Mrs Maxwell


The famed six-word novel, “For sale: baby shoes, never worn” has often been credited to the great Ernest Hemingway—one of Esquire’s most prolific writers. Here is where the Montblanc X Esquire Fiction Writer Project 2017 begins with its newest challenge: write a meaningful story in six words. In partnership with the Singapore Literature Prize, Esquire is also co-organising a series of monthly writing workshops to gear you up for the Instagram contest. What's your story?



  • Go to any Montblanc outlet in Southeast Asia and Australia.
  • Write a 6-word English story on a Montblanc notepad.
  • Instagram it with the hashtag #fwp2017 and tag @montblanc_sea. 


  • Top 10 winning entries will win a prize from Montblanc and will be published in Esquire Singapore.


  • Dr Gwee Li Sui, graphic novelist, poet and literary critic
  • Katharina Ueltschi, Senior Marketing Manager of Montblanc Singapore
  • Zul Andra, Editor-in chief of Esquire Singapore.


  • Entries are limited to three per person.
  • Contest opens on April 25 and closes on June 30, 2017.
  • Winners will be notified via their public Instagram account.




From April to June, take part in our monthly workshops and learn the art of writing. Led by a stable of award-winning writers from the Singapore Literature Prize, the workshops will be held at Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar at Hotel G every last week of the month. Limited seats available. Book your seat for the next workshop, more details below.

Workshop #1
Your Journey in Writing Fiction
With Desmond Kon Zhicheng- Mingdé

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar
April 25, 2017, 3pm-5pm

Singapore Literature Prize (SLP) 2016 co-winner for English Poetry, Mr Desmond Kon Zhicheng- Mingdé will be presenting the first of three workshops in collaboration with The Montblanc x Esquire Fiction Writer Project 2017. In a roundtable setting, participants will share their particular journeys in their writing as well as explore the techniques of scene-setting and characterisation to draw up a plan for a book. How does one conceptualise a work of fiction? Are you interested in writing microfiction, short stories, or a novel? Is your work commercial? Is it experimental? Which literary journals might accept your pieces? What do publishers look for in a book manuscript? This workshop will survey considerations for the fictionist, to help one frame his or her own writing life.

The event is free for public. Seats are limited, RSVP now to For updates on the campaign, go to Montblanc X Esquire Fiction Writer Project 2017.

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