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RAZ: Time is almost up. The clock is winding down. Tonight, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time, our short story writing contest, "Three-Minute Fiction," is officially closed. Now, if you're just getting onboard and you're a really quick writer, here's the challenge from this round's judge Danielle Evans.

DANIELLE EVANS: The challenge for this round is someone has to come to town and someone has to leave town.

RAZ: To submit your story, go to our website at npr.org/threeminutefiction, and that's all spelled out with no spaces. Now, we had a glitch on our website. It's fixed now. If you didn't get an email confirmation back from us, please do resubmit your story and get it in quickly because after 11:59 p.m. tonight Eastern Time...

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RAZ: ...time is up.

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