Writers have until July 18 to submit to NPR’s “Three-Minute Fiction,” calling for original fiction that can be read in under three minutes.
The judge of NPR’s contest is literary critic James Wood. He notes in the NPR announcement that writing three-minute fiction (usually around 500 words) “strikes at the very heart of the short story as a project… How do you get a character, as it were, into a room and up and going within a sentence or two?”
No doubt Massachusetts writers are up to the task. Quick Fiction, a literary journal that publishes stories and prose poems of 500 words or less, is based in Salem, and the recent Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction (featured on ArtSake here) includes a host of Massachusetts writers and was published by Brookline’s Rose Metal Press.
Winning entries will be read on-air and posted on NPR’s web site. Read the official rules.