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GUY RAZ, host:
There's a legend about one of America's greatest writers: Ernest Hemingway. He's in a bar, and someone wagers that Hemingway can write a complete story in just six words. A few minutes later, the author pens this short tale: For sale, baby shoes never worn.
Legend or not, it goes to show that a compelling story can be told in just a few moments. Now it's your turn.
Mr. JAMES WOOD (Literary Critic, The New Yorker): This is James Wood, literary critic at the New Yorker. I'm also your guide to the NPR series Three-Minute Fiction. This summer, lend us your imagination. Send in your original short stories, stories that can be read in three minutes or less. That's about 500 words. We'll pick our favorites to read on the air and post at npr.org.
RAZ: To submit your original work, go to npr.org/threeminutefiction. That's Three-Minute Fiction, all spelled out, no spaces.
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