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UAB - Graduate School - Say It In 6

Say It In 6 is a competition hosted by UAB Graduate School and the Department of Art and Art History that challenges you to tell your story in a creative and succinct way. Based on Smith Magazine’s “Six-Word Memoirs®” concept, Say It In 6 invites you to use only six words and a visual aid to tell a story -- about your studies, your UAB experience, or your life. The possibilities are endless!

Competitors should submit their six-word entry with accompanying visual aid online. See winning entries from previous years.

Ten finalists’ entries will be displayed at a Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts (AEIVA) reception, and three will win cash prizes: 1st place, $1000; 2nd place, $750; 3rd place, $500



Submission deadline
Friday, February 9, 11:59 p.m.

People's Choice voting
February 15 - February 23

Winners announcement
March 2

March 8, 5 to 7 p.m.

Say It In 6 logo


Competitors should submit their six-word story with accompanying visual aid online by the submission deadline. Each individual may submit only one entry. The word portion of your submission should be exactly six words – no more and no fewer. Each word counts as one word, even if two or more are hyphenated.

Both the six-word statement and visual aid must be original. Visual aids may be your own photography or artwork, or you may use a photo of yourself with permission of the photographer. Do not submit stock photos or clipart. If you create non-digital art, you may include a digital print or a high quality photo of your work in your online submission. Finalists’ art will be printed by the Graduate School on 16-inch-by-20-inch paper for display. If you are chosen as a finalist, you will also have the option to bring your original artwork to the Graduate School office to be included in the exhibit. You may include your six words in your image, but it is not required. Your six words and your name will appear in a caption online and on a label in the physical exhibit.

The Graduate School reserves the right to disqualify entries that use hateful, violent, attacking, or otherwise inappropriate language, or identify FERPA or HIPAA protected information. Entries that are found to not be the original work of the entrant will also be disqualified.


The competition is open to open to all undergraduate, graduate and professional students (Medicine, Dentistry and Optometry), nondegree students and postdoctoral fellows at UAB.

Entry Specifications

Visual aid submissions must be at least 4.0 MB, but 5.0 MB or larger image files are strongly encouraged. Ideal size is 8 inches x 10 inches at 300 dpi, or larger. Digital files are acceptable in JPG and TIFF formats. Original art work should be 12 x 18 inches in size or smaller.


Each competitor will choose one of ten categories in which they would like their entry to be judged. Competitors are free to interpret the categories in whatever ways they wish. The categories are:

  • Knowledge
  • UAB
  • America
  • Identity
  • Talents
  • Humor
  • Resilience
  • Family
  • Health
  • Love

Judging Criteria

One finalist per category will be chosen by a panel of judges. The judging panel will choose one first-place winner and one second-place winner from the 10 finalists.

The UAB community will be asked to vote online to determine a People’s Choice winner. Only one vote per UAB email address will be counted. If the People’s Choice winner is not a finalist picked by the judges, the work of the People’s Choice winner will be displayed in addition to the 10 finalists. If the People’s Choice winner is also chosen as first or second place by the judging panel, that competitor will receive both prizes.

Storytelling & Impact

Did the entry capture the viewers’ attention?
Did the entry tell a stimulating, moving or memorable story?
Did the words and imagery elicit emotion?
Did the words and image support each other?

Originality & Creativity

How original is the entrant’s work?
Did the entry present the story in a creative way?



Please contact Kim Eaton at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with any questions you may have.