Just a reminder that the 5th round of NPR's excellent writing contest for listeners, Three Minute Fiction, is currently underway. This round is hosted by Michael Cunningham (author of A Home at the End of the World, Flesh and Blood, Specimen Days and, perhaps most famously, The Hours) who will serve as one of the judges and who will read the winning essay on air. As before, the rules are simple: writers must fabricate a story that can be read aloud in 3 minutes-- so 600 words or less-- and which must follow two other restrictions set by the host author. Cunningham, cleverly, has decided to choose choose the beginning and ending lines for the contest.
Each story must begin with the following line:
"Some people swore that the house was haunted."
And must end with this line:
"Nothing was ever the same again after that."
The deadline is this coming Sunday night, September 26th, at midnight. Complete rules for the contest can be found here.