Photo by author, Mary Chang Story Writer

Photography, Nature, Writing Challenge

September Six Word Photo Story Challenge: Clouds

Snow walk under clouds and blue.

One of the greatest things about the beach in the wintertime is that it’s never crowded, you don’t need sunscreen, won’t burn your feet, and — the silence. I’m a beach lover — rain, shine, clouds, or snow. The shift in weather doesn’t stop me from walking, cloud watching, or embracing nature. What’s your favorite beach season?

If you’d like to be added as a writer and submit to Six Word Photo Story Challenge publication, please read and follow the submission guidelines.

About the Writer

Mary Chang is an award-winning short story fiction writer, memoir writer, blogger, and editor of the Six Word…


“Cloud escape.” Photo by author, Mary Chang Story Writer

Photography, Nature, Writing Challenge

September Six Word Photo Story Challenge: Clouds

People watching — curiosity on the river.

I thought this shot was taken at dusk when I came across this photo while I was quickly scrolling through my archives, but when I saw the digital time stamp, I took it at 10:34 am on a winter day in December 2019. At first glance, the photo appears to be black and white — but then I saw the sun and blue sky behind those wondrous clouds.

Capturing this shot makes me appreciate the beauty of the details I don’t see right away. I can take a breath, study the photo and rediscover the memory of that winter morning…


“The River” Photo of the author taken by CC.

Photography, Nature, Writing Prompt Reply

How do I spoil myself? It’s not flowers: Freestyle

River swim — followed by bubble bath.

This is me — a few moments before I stepped into the river for an invigorating cold water September swim. The waves were rapid, rushing, and scary but my friend and I were able to find a calmer spot to swim in. This is one of my favorite ways I practice self-care and heal my mind and body aches — followed by a warm bubble bath.

This is in answer to a tag from Ellie Jacobson in her writing prompt, in which she asked readers, “How Do You Spoil Yourself? Share the ways you practice self-care.” posted in her publication…


“Not in Bermuda.” Photo by Mary Chang Story Writer

Photography, Nature, Writing Challenge

September Six Word Photo Story Challenge: Clouds

Is she watching you? Nature’s mystery.

I didn’t see it right away. I glanced at this photo over a dozen times when I was digging through my archives searching for clouds. I took a few moments to study the photo — and then I saw it. The floating eye in the reflection and the sky — encompassed by the triangle of the dam.

Wonder if that eye in the sky witnessed any mysterious happenings in this body of water. Eerie.

Do you see it too? Let me know in the comments.

If you’d like to be added as a writer and submit to Six Word Photo…


“Leafless” Photo by author, Mary Chang Story Writer

Photography, Nature

Your Photo, Story, Subtitle & Tags for Submissions

Forgotten leaves capture beauty of branches.

I have received many submissions since I launched this publication — thank you, writers! I have written this article to clarify formatting and submission guidelines and to give our writers some tips! Like the details in the branches of the tree, sometimes we miss them when we’re not embracing the moment or paying attention.

Writing your Six Word Photo Story

Write your six word story (see above) and format it the same way by highlighting the six words and clicking on the small “T.”

Your story must connect to your photo in some way.

Then put the 3 dots right after your six-word story — see…


“Cloud reflections” Photo by author.

Photography, Nature, Haiku

September Six Word Photo Story Challenge: Clouds

Cloudy reflections

Mysterious imagery

Finding perspective.

I was lucky to witness this reflection of clouds in the canal and happier to go for a spontaneous swim in this beautiful body of water this summer. Whether you look up at the clouds or into a mirror — the perspective is different for each individual. Sometimes perception can be cloudy, mysterious, or obvious. What do you see in the clouds, in the reflection, or in the mirror?

This is a response to a haiku writing prompt — I was tagged by Amanda Wilson in her story. …


“The Rose.” Photo by Mary Chang Story Writer

Photography, Inspiration, Creativity

Simplicity, one photo, six words: Inspiration

One rose — wildfire haze. Eerie beauty.

I published my first eight 6-word photo stories in SNAPSHOTS. Six words only — inspired by photos that I took. Can you take a photo and tell a story about it in six words?

Show me your story. My stories below may give you inspiration.

If you’d like to apply to be a writer and submit a story to the Six Word Photo Story Challenge — my new publication that launched September 1st, 2021 — please read and follow the submission guidelines.

About the Author

Mary Chang is an award-winning short story fiction writer, memoir writer, blogger, and editor of the Six Word…


Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Photography, People

Submissions that feature people other than yourself

This publication, Six Word Photo Story Challenge, will no longer accept submissions with photographs of people UNLESS the photo is of yourself and it is indicated in the photo credit that the picture is of YOU — which was either been taken by yourself (selfie) or taken by someone else. You must credit the name of the person who took the photo of you. The photo of yourself must also connect to the six-word story in some way.

The reason behind the “no people in photos rule”

The reason for this is I need to prevent any possible violations of privacy and people’s rights in connection with publishing people…


“Taming the dragonfly.” Photo by Mary Chang Story Writer

Photography, Inspiration, Writing Challenge

Finding inspiration through photography & simplicity: Inspiration

Taming the dragonfly — boy makes magic.

Can you tell a story in six words inspired by a photo?

This is a collection and kudos for the stories from the 75+ writers who participated in my 6-Word Photo Story Summer Challenge (2021) — which inspired me to create this new publication, Six Word Photo Story Challenge!

To find out how the boy tamed the dragonfly, read the full story here.

If you’d like to apply to be a writer and submit to this publication, please go to the submission guidelines.

Get out that camera and start snapping photos or dig into your photo archives — you’ll be amazed what stories you create with only six words and a photo.

Need inspiration?


“Love cloud.” Photo by Mary Chang Story Writer.

Photography, Nature, September Writing Prompt

September Six Word Photo Story Challenge: Clouds

Empty space creates love — then disappears.

When I was at the lake on my own, I noticed this shape in the sky. I quickly retrieved my phone and snapped the photo — it disappeared seconds later. My 10-year-old son spotted it right away when I showed him the photo.

Did you identify the shape immediately or did it take you a few moments to figure it out? Please type in the comments what shape you see in the photo.

September’s Six Word Photo Story Challenge

September’s challenge is to take some time to look at the clouds in the sky. Children are adept at finding the shapes that clouds magically assemble into…

Mary Chang Story Writer

Finding shine through exercise, people & life stories. Fueled by cartwheels. Creator of 6-Word Photo Story Summer Challenge. www.marychangstorywriter.com

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