“For sale: baby shoes, never worn.” is the entirety of what has been described as a six-word story, making it an extreme example of what is called flash fiction or sudden fiction. 

Although it is often attributed to Ernest Hemingway, the link to him is unsubstantiated and similar stories predate him.

Last week subscribers of my Payments, Payments, Payments newsletter were invited to take part in a completion to explain “digital payments” in six words.

If you missed it here is the thread: Flash Fiction Competition.

Explain digital payments in six words

Nine submissions were received:

Genuine 2020 £10 note, Mint. Offers

Charles

Modernisation hampered by old business model

Nick

Pay or receive easily, quickly, electronically

Christopher

Moving money with ones and zeros

Anon

Pay in a flash without cash.

John

Contactless payments: slow start, sudden ubiquity

Anon

Often harder than it should be

Alan

No more cash is the future

Jonathan

Value transfer: Online. Embedded. Instant. Done

Paul

And the winner is….

From a Hemingway-esqe flash fiction perspective the winner is:

Genuine 2020 £10 note, Mint. Offers

Charles

Congratulations Charles – I will contact you so you can select your prize – any book from: https://northeypoint.com/bookstore/

Charles’ winning entry was a close call with:

Pay in a flash without cash.

John

and

Value transfer: Online. Embedded. Instant. Done

Paul

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