Three-Minute Fiction Round 9 Is Open A reminder from weekends on All Things Considered host Guy Raz that Round 9 of our Three-Minute Fiction, our writing contest where our listeners write an original short story, is now open. The story must be based on the following challenge from our judge Brad Meltzer: The story must revolve around a U.S. president, who can be fictional or real and that the short story has to be 600 words or less.

Three-Minute Fiction Round 9 Is Open

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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 for all the rules and where you'll find a link on how to submit your story. And good luck.


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