There are a few different versions of Linda Ellis' poem "The Dash" online, but all versions are around 240 words long. The version of the poem on Ellis' official author website is 236 words in length.
A number of print publications, including Family Circle Magazine and U.S. News and World Report, have featured "The Dash." C-SPAN and A&E have also featured the famous poem along with other inspirational poems penned by Ellis in their primetime programming. Ellis is mainly an author and a motivational speaker, but she has built a substantial merchandising career around the sale of memorabilia commemorating "The Dash." Her personal website sells inspirational jewelry, books, wristbands, plaques and personalized prints.