What is 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 by February 9, 2018. Both your six-word statement and your visual aid must be original. Visual aids may be photography or artwork. Do not submit stock photos or clipart. If you create non-digital art, you may include a high quality photo or scan of your work in your online submission. Submit yours now!

Entries will be published on the Graduate School website, and voting for People's Choice will begin February 15. Ten finalists’ entries will be displayed at a Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts (AEIVA) reception March 8. Three will win cash prizes: 1st place $1,000; 2nd place $750; People’s Choice $500.

Eligibility

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

UAB Event Details

Submit your entry at https://www.uab.edu/graduate/6-submission-form

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

Entries will be published at https://www.uab.edu/graduate/6-submissions

People's Choice voting: February 15 through February 23

People's Choice Vote Now: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9ZRHRMR

Winners announced: March 2

AEIVA reception: March 8, 5 to 7 p.m. 

Rules

Competitors should submit their six-word story with accompanying visual aid online by 11:59 p.m. on February 9, 2018. Each individual may submit only one Say It In 6 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. 

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. Submit your entry using this form

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

  1. Knowledge
  2. UAB
  3. America
  4. Identity
  5. Talents
  6. Humor
  7. Resilience
  8. Family
  9. Health
  10. Love

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.

Entries will be published at https://www.uab.edu/graduate/6-submissions as they are received. One finalist per category will be chosen by a panel of judges. The finalists’ entries will be displayed in the Say It In 6 reception at Abroms-Engel Institute for Visual Arts (AEIVA) on March 8, 2018, from 5 to 7 p.m. 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 at AEIVA 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.

The prizes are

  • 1st place: $1,000
  • 2nd place: $750
  • People’s Choice: $500
Judging Criteria

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?

Examples

Hover your mouse (on your computer) or tap (on your phone or tablet) on the photos to see the captions.

Knowledge that will change your world

Knowledge that will change your world

UAB’s “Knowledge that will change your world” is a great example of six words combined to communicate a compelling story about our university.
Our nationally ranked team wears scrubs

Our nationally ranked team wears scrubs

UAB Medicine’s “Our nationally ranked team wears scrubs” is another shining example of the power of six words.
For sale: baby shoes, never worn

For sale: baby shoes, never worn

Finally, there’s the famous world’s shortest novel example, often attributed to Ernest Hemingway: “For sale: baby shoes, never worn.”


Here are the winners of the 2017 Say It In Six competition.

1st Place

1st Place
Picked a great year to travel.

Nada Al-Assi

2nd Place

2nd Place

Believe there is good in Bham

Tyler Furgerson

People's Choice

People's Choice
UAB to MD, green bears fruit.

Ryan Hadden


Finalist | She woke to realize she wasn't.

Finalist | She woke to realize she wasn't.

by Sherrie Alexander | category: America
Honorable Mention | America is a paradox of paradise.

Honorable Mention | America is a paradox of paradise.

by Elijah E. Davis | category: America
Finalist | Disrupting poverty's cycle begins with knowledge.

Finalist | Disrupting poverty's cycle begins with knowledge.

by Fabrice Stanley Julien | category: knowledge
Honorable Mention |The chaos hidden inside the mind

Honorable Mention |The chaos hidden inside the mind

by Jakayla Robinson | category: knowledge
Finalist | Not pre-med anymore, but still successful.

Finalist | Not pre-med anymore, but still successful.

by Gerrie Lim | category: UAB
Honorable Mention | UAB let me see the world!

Honorable Mention | UAB let me see the world!

by Jayde Sherron | category: UAB
Tie for finalist | We are all the same biorhythm

Tie for finalist | We are all the same biorhythm

by Cima Khademi | category: identity
Tie for finalist | I belong here. I belong everywhere.

Tie for finalist | I belong here. I belong everywhere.

by Katy-Joy Vaughan | category: identity
Finalist | Things taste better from our hands.

Finalist | Things taste better from our hands.

by Emily Haynes McGee | category: talents
Honorable Mention | Calm the storm; quiet the waves

Honorable Mention | Calm the storm; quiet the waves

by Manuela Jojoa-Portilla | category: talents
Finalist | Picked a great year to travel.

Finalist | Picked a great year to travel.

by Nada Al-Assi | category: humor
Honorable Mention | Not as smart as I thought

Honorable Mention | Not as smart as I thought

by Will Webb | category: humor
Resilience

Resilience

Finalist | You are not what he did.

Finalist | You are not what he did.

by Karly Casey | category: resilience
Honorable Mention | THERE IS ABILITY IN EVERY DISABILITY

Honorable Mention | THERE IS ABILITY IN EVERY DISABILITY

by Niranjan Gowda | category: resilience
Finalist | A wall can't destroy our love

Finalist | A wall can't destroy our love

by Ramiro Bautista | category: family
Honorable Mention | Sister's suicide note,

Honorable Mention | Sister's suicide note, "continuing family tradition".

by Michael Williams | category: family
Finalist | Half Lives Make Whole Lives Possible...

Finalist | Half Lives Make Whole Lives Possible...

by Krystle W. Glasgow | category: health
Honorable Mention | Cancer: took her and my heart.

Honorable Mention | Cancer: took her and my heart.

by Lauren Young | category: health
Finalist | Believe there is good in Bham

Finalist | Believe there is good in Bham

by Tyler Furgerson | category: love
Honorable Mention | I needed it more than him.

Honorable Mention | I needed it more than him.

by Sarah Kathryn Burk | category: love

Watch the video of below to learn more about telling stories in six words from Six-Word Memoirs® founder Larry Smith. Visit http://www.sixwordmemoirs.com/ to see people’s six-word submissions from across the globe to Smith Magazine.

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Questions about UAB's Say It In 6 competition? Contact Kim Eaton at kimeaton@uab.edu.