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Sunday, June 09, 2013

Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: 'Reborn'

baby doll

June 9, 2013 At the Reborn Convention at the Creektown Holiday Inn, the women mill and mingle, fawn over mohair follicles, blue-blotched underpainting, voice-boxes uploaded with found sound. Distant crying. Summer afternoon nap meltdowns.

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Three-Minute Fiction: The Round 11 Winner Is ...

Ben Jahn, the winner of Round 11, received a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts grant in fiction to begin the novel he's currently working on.

June 9, 2013 After sifting through thousands of submissions for our short-story contest, we have found a winner. This round, guest judge Karen Russell asked you to write a story in which a character finds something he or she has no intention of returning.

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Saturday, June 08, 2013

Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: Beyond The Fence

Cross on a fence

June 8, 2013 The love of his life had been married for five years before he met her, and dead for five days before he'd found out. Clandestine lovers weren't notified in the event of a tragedy.

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Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: The Pomelo

pomello

June 8, 2013 The man was so beautiful. He appeared to be stepping out of the ad on the side of the bus, his hair illuminated in sun. Amelia saw the little slip of paper burst from his pocket when he pulled out his keys. It flipped in the air once, twice before it caught against the cement stairs right in front of her.

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Friday, June 07, 2013

Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: Picked Clean

Shed

June 7, 2013 She found her brother's finger in the grass by the shed. The grass glistened with the morning dew, but the finger did not.

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Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: Chips

disposal

June 7, 2013 The door slam is meant to be symbolic, I can tell, one last "take that!" in our roiling argument. But that door never did fit right in the frame, so it swings back open, revealing the heel of his departing shoe and the flick of his coat as he swings around the corner.

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Sunday, June 02, 2013

Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: Litter

Litter

June 2, 2013 I found your soul discarded in the street today.On a three by five index card, you scrawled in heavy black permanent marker letters, "YOU NOW OWN MY SOUL." Initialed under that. Today's date under that. It's a neat little binding contract.

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Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: The Shirt

shirt

June 2, 2013 She was cleaning out the closet, looking for items to give to Goodwill, when she found it. It was balled up at the back of the top shelf and had sat, collecting dust, for how long? Eight years? Nine? At least since they'd moved into the house and Will was a baby.

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: Claudia Who Found The F

Computer key

May 26, 2013 July 25th, the sun washes over Blossem, and the Texas heat seeps into my blood stream. Every day prior to this, it only beat against my flesh, turning me darker shades of tan and giving the illusion that I was actually my mother's daughter and not just a light-skinned replacement.

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Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: The Art Of Compromise

Shepherd's Pie

May 26, 2013 "It's just not here," Erin announced as she rifled through the last cookbook. She held the book apart by its front and back covers, gave the fanned pages a shake.

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Saturday, May 25, 2013

Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: Snowflake

Snowflake

May 25, 2013 She found the photograph early in the day, while she was cleaning for spring, pulling a winter's collection of domestic detritus out from under the bed. Ticket stubs, grimy grocery notes, coffee-stained lined paper, and dead pens. Their life: movies, food, and books.

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Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: Geometry

road sign

May 25, 2013 I found your journal in my car. A slim, Moleskin, six by ten centimeters, soft cover, blue, curving upwards at the edges like an incredibly shallow bowl, or a key dish. By the concavity in its form, the book seemed to be suggesting it was capable of carrying something. Something real.

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Sunday, May 19, 2013

Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: Ten Ring Fingers

wedding bands

May 19, 2013 She found the first ring on a night that smelled of body odor and beer. The bar's last customers had finally given up hope of taking her to bed and staggered away, leaving her to clean the stains of their desperation.

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Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: Ghost Words

pink envelope

May 19, 2013 The letter smelled of lavender and vanilla, like she couldn't decide which perfume to use so she used both. Her hand-writing had been drawn with the careful precision only seventh-grade girls in love have patience for.

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Three-Minute Fiction: Round 11 Stories

Three-Minute Fiction: Plum Baby

plum tree

May 18, 2013 There isn't enough time in this world to grow your own tree. That tree is a plum baby still, never mind it's tall as the house those men are taking from us. It grew up with me.

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Three-Miinute Fiction

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

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Round 11: Finders Keepers

We asked you to send us original fiction in which a character finds something he or she has no intention of returning.

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Round 10 Stories

We asked you to send us original fiction in the form of a voice mail message.

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Round 9 Stories

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Round 8 Stories

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Round 7 Stories

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Round 6 Stories

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Round 5 Stories

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Round 4 Stories

We asked you to send us original fiction that contains each of these words: "plant," "button," "trick," "fly."

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Round 3 Stories

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Round 2 Stories

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Round 1 Stories

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