Tuesday, August 18, 2009

NPR "Three Minute Fiction" August 2009 Writing Contest

Forecast for St. Peters, MO: Chance of thunderstorms, high 85 degrees.

NPR is running another three-minute fiction contest. The deadline for this contest is 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 25, 2009. This one has a bit of a twist. The story must begin with the following sentence: "The nurse left work at five o'clock."

Winner will be interviewed and have his/her story read on-air during Weekend All Things Considered and will receive an autographed copy of the book "How Fiction Works," approximate value $25. To enter, go to www.npr.org/threeminutefiction and click on the link "Send Us Your Original Short Story." Stories must in English language and no longer than 600 words. For complete guidelines--there are several others--visit their website.

Thanks to Claudia from Joplin, MO, and Diane from Colorado Springs, CO, for e-mailing me about this contest.


  1. I wanted to try this last time and didn't get around to it. Maybe I'll give it a go. Thanks, Donna, for the heads up.

  2. Hi Dianna,
    Go for it! The required first sentence--The nurse left work at five o'clock--is intriguing.

  3. Yes, the weather in the midwest can change in the blink of an eye or a car ride to the park. I live in Valparaiso, Indiana so I always have a wide array of clothes in our trunk.
    I was wondering if you knew if the winners for the 2009 Family Circle fiction story contest have been posted. I checked the site but found nothing.


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