Okay, despite my checkered past with National Public Radio, it has sponsored something of which I whole-heartedly approve -- a flash fiction contest! Dubbed Three-Minute Fiction, it has (naturally) three requirements: Participants must 1) write a short short no longer than 600 words that 2) starts with the sentence "some people swore that the house was haunted" and 3) concludes with "Nothing was ever the same again after that." Pulitzer winner Michael Cunningham (The Hours), who will judge the competition, says that he chose opening and closing lines because he loves ghost stories. Read all about the rules and rewards at NPR.org. FYI, the submission deadline is Sunday, September 26th.
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