I’m no exception.
When contests surface, I get excited at the prospect of entering but also of reading all the other submissions. Such is the case with National Public Radio’s Three-Minute Fiction. It’s free. Thousands enter. The winner gets his or her essay published in the Paris Review, a literary magazine of high repute.
There are monthly renditions with rule variations but always with the fixed 600-word limit.
A while back, I entered. For the March, 2010 version, the story had to have these words in it: plant, trick, fly, button. Read the story.
This week, the contest prompt is “Leave a Message after the Beep.” In other words, the story must be in the form of a voice message.
My added challenge, of course, is leaving a horsey voice mail.
Give it a try!
All submissions will be posted on NickerNews!