Man at His Best

Montblanc X Esquire Six-word Story Prize

Can you tell a whole story in six words?

BY Editors | Jun 9, 2017 | Books

Images from the Montblanc X Esquire Fiction Writer Project 2016 event at Mr & Mrs Maxwell


Editor's note: Thank you for all your entries. The contest is now closed. Please follow @esquiresg on Instagram to find out who the winners are. The top 10 entries will also be published in the November 2017 issue of Esquire Singapore.


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 #3
Startle Your Reader Back into Life!
With Josephine Chia

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar
June 27, 2017, 3pm-5pm

Need some guiding light to find that literary direction for your upcoming novel? Attend this creative writing workshop conducted by published Peranakan author Josephine Chia. Discuss what works in the various elements of story and structure, and find the route to your inner creative genius. Participants will also get to try their hand on writing exercises that are aimed to grab the reader’s attention. Chia was the Singapore Literature Prize recipient for non-fiction in 2014 and won awards for her short stories during her time in the UK. Her works have been published internationally with two memoirs, three novels, and numerous non-fiction books. Since relocating back to Singapore, Chia mentors adults and youths for novel writing on the MAP programme and short story writing on the CAP programme.

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


Workshop #2
So I want to write a novel…
With Audrey Chin

Ginett Restaurant & Wine Bar
May 30, 2017, 3pm to 5pm

Led by published author Audrey Chin, learn what it takes to start a novel with a bang and follow through to the end with actual practice writing a beginning sentence and visualising an ending scene. This workshop will introduce participants to the basics of writing a novel. Participants will discuss genre, plot, structure and story arc and weigh-in on the merits of plot-driven versus character-driven stories and an organic or planned approach. Chin is the author of Nine Cuts, As the Heart Bones Break and Learning to Fly. The latter two titles were respectively shortlisted for the 2014 and 2000 Singapore Literature Prize. Chin has also published numerous essays and short pieces. She was a contributing co-editor for Singapore Women Re-presented in 2004. Audrey writes what she knows, telling stories about the search for belonging, about South East Asia, and her cultural inheritance from both East and South Asia and the Westerners who colonised her region.

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.


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.