GUY RAZ, host:

Now, if you were listening closely to that story, you heard the Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt say this:

Mr. STEPHIN MERRITT (Lead Singer, Magnetic Fields): If you can't say it in three minutes, why say it at all?

RAZ: We couldn't have said it better ourselves, because back for round three is Three-Minute Fiction.

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RAZ: The next round of our Three-Minute Fiction contest kicks off tomorrow on this program. We've got a brand new judge - writer and ALL THINGS CONSIDERED book critic, Alan Cheuse - and of course, a new challenge. And we're proud to announce that we'll have help this round - talented young authors from the Iowa Writer's Workshop will be reading your stories and helping Alan pick out some favorites.

So, grab your pens or crack open your laptops; Three-Minute Fiction is coming back.

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RAZ: And for Saturday, that's ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Guy Raz. Thanks for listening and have a great night.

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