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Can You Tell Your Encore Story in Six Words?


Encore.org is issuing a challenge today: Tell your encore story in six words.

The contest, inspired by SMITH Magazine’s Six-Word Memoir® project, asks readers of any age to submit just six words that describe all or part of their encore journeys.

A few samples from our staff at Civic Ventures, publisher of Encore.org:

  • AARP discount and two cribs, please!
  • Laid off and never looked back.
  • Work that matters, time to play.
  • From city planner to community builder.
  • Miserable midlife divorce. Great encore boyfriend.
  • Marched 1960s; purpose still my passion.

To submit a story, go to this page on Facebook. You don't need a Facebook profile to enter.

In a message to Civic Ventures’ 50,000 email followers, Vice President Marci Alboher writes: “We're all confronting our big life shifts, searching for inspirational encores to our changing lives. But how to summarize decades already lived and decades to be lived in just six words? What can you distill about your encore in six quick strokes?”

Those who enter by Wednesday, June 15, will be eligible to win one of 10 signed copies of The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife, by Civic Ventures founder and CEO Marc Freedman. The grand prize winner will also win a set of six-word memoir books.

Winning entries will be posted to Encore.org and to Civic Ventures' Facebook and Twitter pages.