Scottish Doll six-word story contest: we have a winner!

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Last month, I said that if enough of you wrote a six-word story about the Scottish Doll, an object purchased for Significant Objects but then thrown into the garbage, I’d pick a winner and issue a prize. Forty-odd stories later, we have a winner.

In the end, there was one obvious winner, in my judgment: Diane Kimbrell. Here’s her story:

A Highland “Fling” into the garbage!

Diane wins a Significant Objects Mug mug. Congratulations to Diane, and thanks to everyone who entered the contest. Let’s do another one soon…

PS: Matthew Battles’ riff on Hemingway’s six-word story was funny: “For sale: one wee sporran, unused.” But Battles contributed to Significant Objects v1, and he’s a friend of mine, and coeditor (with me) of So I disqualified him. Sorry, Matt!

PPS: I didn’t find the salacious stories too funny — I mean, at what point, as a civilization, can we stop tittering about men in kilts?


Joshua Glenn is an editor, publisher, and a freelance writer and semiologist. He does business as KING MIXER, LLC. He's cofounder of the websites HiLobrow, Significant Objects, and Semionaut; and cofounder of HiLoBooks, which will reissue six Radium Age sci fi novels in 2012. In 2011, he produced and co-designed the iPhone app KER-PUNCH. He's coauthored and co-edited Taking Things Seriously, The Idler's Glossary, The Wage Slave's Glossary, the story collection Significant Objects (forthcoming from Fantagraphics), and Unbored, a kids' field guide to life forthcoming from Bloomsbury. In the '00s, Glenn was an associate editor and columnist at the Boston Globe's IDEAS section; he also started the IDEAS blog Brainiac. He has written for Slate, n+1, Cabinet, io9, The Baffler, Feed, and The Idler. In the '90s, Glenn published the seminal intellectual zine Hermenaut; served as editorial director and co-producer of the pioneering DIY and online social networking website; and was an editor at the magazine Utne Reader. Glenn manages the Hermenautic Circle, a secretive online community. He was born and raised in Boston, where he lives with his wife and sons. Click here for more info.

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