The Curious Listener: Presidential Fiction

Sep 11, 2012
Originally published on October 17, 2012 12:22 pm

In 2009, weekends on All Things Considered challenged listeners to draft an original (and short) piece of fiction that could be read in three minutes or less. Well, 45,000 entrants and eight completed rounds later, Three-Minute Fiction continues to inspire aspiring writers, all vying for the opportunity to hear their work read on air.

So much so, that listeners have started coming to us, anxious for the next round of writing and judging to begin. Take this Curious Listener as an example:

Well, the wait is over. Presidents of the United States (real and imagined) take center stage in the latest round of the Three-Minute Fiction contest. Now through September 23, writers can submit original short stories online at, this time judged and prompted by suspense author Brad Meltzer.

And the stakes are higher, too, as literary magazine The Paris Review is holding a spot in its December issue for the winner of NPR's ninth-round winner.

So hop to it Claire (after you read the rules of course).

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