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Cyia
02-27-2010, 04:03 AM
Found this link on Nathan Bransford's forums:


http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=105660765


You have to write a 600 or less piece based on a photograph at the link. There's a submission form on the right side of the page there, and the deadline is the 28th.

Not a bad way to knock loose some writer's block.

Tracey Bentley
02-27-2010, 05:32 AM
I looked this over, but according to the official rules, you need to be a US resident only to enter. Too bad.

Kathleen42
02-27-2010, 05:39 AM
I looked this over, but according to the official rules, you need to be a US resident only to enter. Too bad.

But... But.. I donate to NPR ;_;

AuburnAssassin
02-27-2010, 05:44 AM
I entered. It was fun to try to stay under 600 words and write with just a picture as inspiration.

Tracey Bentley
02-27-2010, 05:49 AM
I entered. It was fun to try to stay under 600 words and write with just a picture as inspiration.

Good luck!

I wrote something too but then I read the rules. Good practice though.

KTC
02-27-2010, 05:58 AM
wonder if it's US only?

KTC
02-27-2010, 05:59 AM
yep. sigh.

Kathleen42
02-27-2010, 05:59 AM
wonder if it's US only?

Yup. Which irks me a bit.

KTC
02-27-2010, 06:32 AM
Yup. Which irks me a bit.

yep. not like we don't listen!

Kathleen42
02-27-2010, 07:09 AM
yep. not like we don't listen!

Or donate.

maestrowork
02-27-2010, 07:16 AM
OK... is it me or the winning entry of the last round is riddled with grammatical errors, run-on sentences, etc.?

"He sauntered his words at me"?

Excuse me?

Who judged these entries?

Kathleen42
02-27-2010, 07:45 AM
"He sauntered his words at me"?


His words got away from him.

Mr. Anonymous
02-27-2010, 08:35 AM
I entered. *shrugs* Can't hurt, right?

*edit*

I dunno Jamie. Aside from the use of that one word "saunter" I thought it was great.

Really enjoyed the 2nd round runner up too.

blacbird
02-27-2010, 08:56 AM
I looked this over, but according to the official rules, you need to be a US resident only to enter.

Um . . . it's not like Canada doesn't have its set of restrictions, either public or private, restricting entries or submissions of literary material only to Canadian citizens. If anything, those are far more restrictive than anything I see in U.S. venues.

caw

Emily Winslow
02-27-2010, 06:13 PM
I looked this over, but according to the official rules, you need to be a US resident only to enter. Too bad.

Resident, or is citizen sufficient?

leahzero
02-27-2010, 06:19 PM
...

Tracey Bentley
02-27-2010, 07:32 PM
Um . . . it's not like Canada doesn't have its set of restrictions, either public or private, restricting entries or submissions of literary material only to Canadian citizens. If anything, those are far more restrictive than anything I see in U.S. venues.

caw

I wasn't complaining about it - rules are rules. I only stated what I noticed after the fact.

Emily: from the site: ELIGIBILITY. The Contest is open only to individual legal residents of the fifty United States who are age 18 and over.

Emily Winslow
02-27-2010, 07:57 PM
Emily: from the site: ELIGIBILITY. The Contest is open only to individual legal residents of the fifty United States who are age 18 and over.

Ah. Thanks.

AuburnAssassin
02-27-2010, 08:54 PM
I do believe they are looking for a humor element to the stories from my reading of the judging criteria.

Ken
02-27-2010, 08:58 PM
... sounds interesting. Got no shot, but may still give 'er a go. So thx 4 posting.

leahzero
02-28-2010, 02:23 AM
I do believe they are looking for a humor element to the stories from my reading of the judging criteria.

There's some confusion as to that. The round two stories are largely not humorous, and in the comments, some people talk about this.

AuburnAssassin
03-01-2010, 02:12 AM
Yeah, I noticed that one of the 2 they posted yesterday as "favorites" for round 3 was quite bleak whereas the first one they posted had a much lighter tone. I'll have to pop over and read the comments. But maybe they liked it even though it didn't get "points" for humor.

Sage
03-01-2010, 04:27 AM
I might try, although I was not planning for humor... <goes back to reread about it>

leahzero
03-01-2010, 04:36 AM
Yeah, both of the newest "favorites" are pretty dark. "The Giveaway" has a kind of black humor.

Just write whatever you feel, I'd say. The "humor" criterion doesn't seem to matter.

Cyia
03-01-2010, 04:41 AM
The one I submitted definitely wasn't humorous. It's not a humorous photo.

AuburnAssassin
03-01-2010, 05:03 AM
Mine was light-hearted and somewhat humorous but I'm not encouraged that that means a d@mned thing. Oh well, it'll be blog material most likely. Deadline is 4 hours away. Hurry, hurry!

MarkEsq
03-01-2010, 06:07 AM
The one I submitted definitely wasn't humorous. It's not a humorous photo.

It's not? Ya kidding me?? That guy outside with the camera bag, he can't find his newspaper! And it's right there! On the little red table!!!
Classic, you just don't get funnier than that.

Sage
03-01-2010, 08:52 AM
My original thought was way serious, but the one I wrote was about a slightly neurotic student, so there's a little humor in it.

Yes, I submitted it in time

ETA: Of course, now that it's too late in basically every way, I've thought of a much better story. Oh well.

Sage
03-01-2010, 08:55 AM
Doesn't look like we find out until May... #istiredofwaitingforthings

leahzero
03-01-2010, 09:47 AM
Three minutes of fiction...three months of judging.

smcc360
03-03-2010, 12:51 AM
Three minutes of fiction...three months of judging.

If you guys like, you can post your stories here and I'll judge them immediately.

In fact, I'll judge them all right now: None are as good as mine! :Trophy:

Matera the Mad
03-05-2010, 05:45 AM
LOL

Kind of wish I'd taken a shot at that. Too much going on.

Ugh (from the beginning of the article):

There's no better way to wile away long winter nights while, por favor.

Sage
03-05-2010, 05:55 AM
So what did everyone write about?

Cyia
03-05-2010, 05:57 AM
I wrote about a dead blind man who used to sit there for the "view".

Sage
03-05-2010, 06:00 AM
I wrote about a neurotic student who's mad that someone abandoned a newspaper on "her" table and has to decide whether to move it or not.

smcc360
03-06-2010, 03:06 AM
I wrote about a man who stumbles across a newspaper ad that changes his life.

We should post our stories here on AW (other people first, of course ;)).

Manuel Royal
03-06-2010, 03:33 AM
I never got mine done. I was going to write it in the form of a forlorn voicemail (given the condition that the stories are supposed to be readable in three minutes), from a guy who'd been sent that photo from a maddening woman who strolled in and out of his life at will, and now challenged him to find her based solely on the photo.

That was because I spent so much time trying to figure it out. There are two layers of reflections; looks like one is either a double reflection, or a reflection of the inside of a painted window. The reflected street is either one-way, or if two-way has traffic on the left, suggesting the picture was taken in the UK (which would be ironic considering they didn't allow entries from outside the U.S.).

Didn't learn about the contest until the last day. And, I'm lazy.

Ken
03-06-2010, 04:49 AM
... unrequited love :-(

Cyia
03-06-2010, 04:58 AM
I wrote about a man who stumbles across a newspaper ad that changes his life.

We should post our stories here on AW (other people first, of course ;)).

We'd need a thread in SYW since public posting is against the contest rules.

AuburnAssassin
03-06-2010, 05:18 AM
I wrote about a woman who reads a "single male looking for..." ad that is painfully truthful about who and what he is but she calls anyway.

There's always the "Polished and Ready" section of the Suddenly Fiction forum. It's PW protected. We could have one NPR thread and everyone posts their short as a post in that thread.

Sage
03-06-2010, 05:42 AM
That's a good idea, AA. It was kinda flash fictiony for me anyway (I only started writing a bit before the deadline)

leahzero
03-08-2010, 01:09 PM
Edit: nm.

AuburnAssassin
03-21-2010, 10:34 PM
NPR site says they'll announce a winner 3/21. That's a lot faster than originally stated, yes?


We have a winner in round three of our Three-Minute Fiction contest. And who is it? You'll have to wait 'till tomorrow when our judge, author and ALL THINGS CONSIDERED book critic Alan Cheuse reveals the story he's picked from the more than 3,000 original short stories you submitted.

link (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124964658&ft=1&f=105660765)

Sage
03-21-2010, 10:36 PM
Oh, that's today, awesome. And, yeah, the rules said by May, I think.

They've been posting some on the website since the contest ended too.

AuburnAssassin
03-21-2010, 10:43 PM
Yeah, I've been reading all the noteworthy ones they've posted, dismayed at the continued recognition of the angsty shorts (not that they weren't good) vs. humorous ones. I only remember Crosswords as being somewhat funny. Sigh...

Sage
03-21-2010, 10:59 PM
Mine was angsty and a little humorous. (The humor was in the angst)

The one I thought of after midnight was a lot lighter

The one I originally came up with was sadder

Ken
03-21-2010, 11:36 PM
... after reading the first three that were posted I was rather awed and new right then and there I was out. The shorts weren't what I was thinking they would be, but they were indisputably good. So they deserve being recognized and having one among them given the prize. Neat contest overall. Glad I participated and was accompanied by others here. Gives a sense of camaraderie :-) ... and there's always next time. (I'm assuming that the winner will come from the posted six.)

AuburnAssassin
03-21-2010, 11:39 PM
Is it wrong for me to hope that the winner DOESN'T come from the ones already posted? I'd rather it be one we hadn't seen yet, to be honest, not just to give myself another shot but because I'd like to be reading it for the first time after it's crowned.

Round 4 coming up.

Sage
03-21-2010, 11:39 PM
See, I wasn't sure that it would. I was wondering if the "favorites" were the "runners up." Like if they went through and said, "I like this one," but then another came along that they liked better, they moved the first to their favorites pile.

Ken
03-21-2010, 11:44 PM
... guess it's hard to know for sure. Anyone follow the two previous rounds and know if the winners came from the posted ones in those? Thnx for the heads up on the 4th round. Will have a look.

AuburnAssassin
03-22-2010, 02:08 AM
Ah, it was one that had already been posted--the kids riding the rails. I thought the honorable mention one called "Surfaces" was quite good though only remotely related to the prompt, unlike the winner's story.

I wish they'd fix the spacing of the winner's story. I don't remember it being one giant block of text before.

No details on round 4 yet, just the announcement that it's coming.

Sage
04-01-2010, 03:37 AM
Round four rules: http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=124543256

Sage
04-01-2010, 03:44 AM
Sadly I have a chapter in a novel that totally has all four of those words. It's not even a chapter that will make the novel if I ever decide to polish it (I stole from it for a better novel), but..., it is far less cool out of context, and the "button" part is probably not NPR-safe.