NPR Host Guy Raz Introduces Three-Minute Fiction Contest

By Jason Boog Comment

guyraz.jpgLast year NPR counted more than 10,000 entries in their Three-Minute Fiction contest. This year, GalleyCat got a sneak peek at the third installment of the writing contest.

Today’s guest on the Morning Media Menu was Guy Raz is the weekend host of NPR News’ signature newsmagazine show, All Things Considered. In addition to talking about his work on All Things Considered, Raz shared information about this year’s installment of the show’s popular writing challenge.

Press play on the embedded player below to listen. The show will be archived around the network as well.

To find out more about the contest, visit the Three-Minute Fiction contest post. When asked for advice about submissions, Raz spoke about the editorial vision of the previous year’s judge–the great New Yorker critic and novelist, James Wood.

Here’s some advice: “Wood was really looking for a moment. He liked stories that were enigmatic, the last winner for the last round sort of suggested an unsolved mystery. James was looking for a writer to suggest a world, rather than fill every moment, dot every ‘i’ and cross every ‘t.’ It doesn’t have to be a narrative with a beginning, a middle, and an end. It could be a moment–something that almost takes you to that place. Something that’s so evocative that you can’t escape from it.”