Three-Minute Fiction Round 7 Is Closed!

We are no longer accepting submissions to Three-Minute Fiction, All Things Considered's short story contest. We'll post our favorite submissions on the Three-Minute Fiction page until the winner's been chosen. Meanwhile, we invite you to read the winning stories from previous rounds below.

All Things Considered's contest has a simple premise: Listeners send in original short stories that can be read in three minutes or less.

Winning Stories From Previous Rounds

  • A Saint And A Criminal By Lauri Andersen

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    My father tells a joke about a saint and a criminal who meet at a bar. He forgets the punchline, but I get his meaning...

  • 'Roosts' By Zach Brockhouse

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    Some people swore that the house was haunted. Almost every day for three weeks, we'd find a dead one inside of it...

  • 'Not Calling Attention To Ourselves' by Yoav Ben Yosef

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    "Not Calling Attention To Ourselves"  by Yoav Ben Yosef
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    So the date was a failure, I get it. "He is a total plant," says Vuk, shooting me a look, all fire. "A what?" I ask...

  • 'Please Read' by Rhonda Strickland

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    "Please Read" by Rhonda Strickland
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    In Tucson, we found the train-hopping kids, and went with them to New York City. I was 15 and had never been out of Arizona. That summer, I'd learned to eat from Dumpsters...

  • 'Last Seen' by Cathy Formusa

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    "Last Seen" by Cathy Formusa
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    "The nurse left work at five o'clock." He sauntered his words at me like he was king of the street...

  • 'Not That I Care' by Molly Reid

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    "Not That I Care"  by Molly Reid
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    There goes our neighbor, Jim, running into the street again. He grabs one of the ducks crossing...

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