NPR correspondent Guy Raz invites writers of all stripes to try their hand at "Three-Minute Fiction," a short story contest that gives listeners a chance to let loose their inner bard in 600 words or less.
There may be other parameters for the stories, like a suggested opening sentence or words that must be used, but these details are determined by the celebrity judge of each round. The judge for upcoming Round 6 is Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and the complete details of Round 6 will be revealed on this weekend's All Things Considered, heard Saturday and Sunday afternoons, January 8th & 9th, at 4 o'clock on KUAZ FM / AM.
In the interview below with Arizona Spotlight's Mark McLemore, you can hear Guy Raz tell the inspiring story behind Roosts, and the opportunities that the Three-Minute Fiction Contest opened up for its author.
THIS JUST IN: Three-Minute Fiction Judge Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has spoken -- her requirements for all Round 6 submissions are these: - At some point in the story, one character must tell a joke - One character must cry
Now, get those quill pens started and create your 3-Minute masterpiece!! Good luck!