And a quick reminder now for all aspiring authors out there. Round 9 of our Three-Minute Fiction Contest is now open. We're asking you to write an original story that can be read in about three minutes - so no longer than 600 words - based on the challenge by our judge this round, the novelist Brad Meltzer.

BRAD MELTZER: Your story must revolve around a U.S. President who can be fictional or real.

RAZ: So your story has to be about a U.S. president that can be fictional or real. You have until 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Sunday, September 23rd. That's next weekend. Once we get all the entries, we're going to start posting some standouts on our website and read excerpts from some of them. The winning story will be read in its entirety on this program. And this round, we're starting something new. The winner will have his or her story published in that famed literary magazine the Paris Review. And if you're not sure what to write, here's our judge Brad Meltzer with some advice.

MELTZER: Write what you love, and I promise you, it will show on the page.

RAZ: And to do that, go to npr.org/threeminutefiction for all the rules and where you'll find a link on how to submit your story. And good luck.


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