Get your flash fiction read on NPR and win signed copies of Ann Patchett’s books (plus, a weekend writing prompt) - Writer's Digest

Get your flash fiction read on NPR and win signed copies of Ann Patchett’s books (plus, a weekend writing prompt)

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Calling all flash fiction fanatics and prompt aficionados: NPR has launched the fourth round of its Three-Minute Fiction contest. Author Ann Patchett (Bel Canto) will be handling the judging this time around, following All Things Considered book critic Alan Cheuse, who picked the top entry from among 3,000 others last month.

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The prompt this time? "Send us original works of fiction that include the words ‘plant,’ ‘button,’ ‘trick’ and ‘fly.' "

Click here for a shot at getting your work read on NPR and taking home two signed copies of Patchett’s books.


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