Get fictitious, win more fiction

Short attention span? Love the phrase “economy of style”? NPR’s three-minute fiction contest might be the procrastination tool for you.

From the rules:

Your story must begin with the following line:
“Some people swore that the house was haunted.”
Plus, your story must end with this line:
“Nothing was ever the same again after that.”
Including these lines, your story must be 600 words or less. One entry per person. Your deadline is 11:59 p.m., EDT, on Sept. 26.

Michael Cunningham made up the rules and will have the ultimate say on which story wins the grand prize: signed copies of two of his books, and your story read on All Things Considered. (Hey, it’s listener-supported.)

It takes a certain kind of person to enter an public radio-sponsored writing contest, but we’re pretty sure some of you out there fit the bill. Plus, your mother will be so proud when she hears your story on her afternoon commute.

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