In the spirit of Valentine's Day, SMITHTeens and teen fiction community Figment.com (www.figment.com) invited young romantics and cynics alike to share their stories of love and heartbreak in the form of a six-word love letter or break-up note.
We received hundreds of sixers in response, along with their brief backstories on Figment, exploring the ups, downs and unexpected loop de loops of dating life. But in the end there could only be one winner invited to bare soul on stage at our annual Valentine's Day storytelling show (http://bit.ly/loveshow2013) at the 92YTribeca in New York. Today, we are very excited to announce that honor goes to 16 year-old Jackie Yang for her intriguing six-word letter: "A goodbye is a thank you."
Currently living in Tampa, Florida, Jackie will appear virtually on Thursday night, reading her winning entry on video. A response to a real letter she says was "written to me by a very special person," Jackie's note won our hearts with lines like, "I appreciate that you have spent so much time and effort on us, despite the fact that you have to squeeze hours out of your jam-packed days just to study for the next national math competition."
We're thrilled to welcome Jackie to a lineup that includes A.J. Jacobs, Catie Lazarus, Ophira Eisenberg and more! Along with their bevy of backstories, it promises to be an amazing evening of storytelling, starting with a Happy Hour at 6 p.m. and ending with a ‘Six-Word Slam’ in which anyone in the audience can share six words on first loves, recent heartbreaks, or any part of life. We'll have prizes, golden tickets and heart-shaped gummy bears to share with the audience. We hope to see you there and thank everyone who participated in the contest!