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NPR's Three-Minute Fiction Contest

By Amanda Scherle Posted March 22, 2012 at 11:00 am

I’ve been pounding the idea of tapping into your creativity lately because I think it’s incredibly important. We’re not singular in 2012, or the Chapelboro area, for living in a time of economic and political upheaval, but the fact that many other times and places have shared our unease can be of little comfort in the face of our own reality. What does comfort and usher in change is creativity, and the common expression thereof. Budgets may be slashed, especially in the arts and music, and sometimes we personally have little control over those decisions; we can dig deeper in our own lives, though, and work a bit at freeing the creative person inside each of us.

Solidarity with other creative women seems particularly important right now, and I’m happy to say that I have many such supporters in my life. They’re always looking out for me, and putting me on to new ways in which to follow my creative dreams. This past winter, a dear friend put me onto an NPR contest to which I am now a loyal contributor and follower (and hopefully, one of these days, a winner – we’re following dreams here, remember). Even with my new work as a Farmers Market Manager pulling me in a brand new direction, I hold tight to my writing vocation. We’re none of us one thing or another, but a colorful collage of many things; sometimes, one color or another dominates, but it’s all there.

So, in the same spirit of creative solidarity, I’m sharing this contest with you, my creativity loving readers. Maybe you know someone (doesn’t have to be a woman, :-)) who needs a nudge towards writing, or maybe you’d like to try your hand at writing a 600 word story using the prompt provided by an established author. Either way, check out the details at: NPR’s Three-Minute Fiction Contest

This round closes at 11:59pm on March 25th. Spread the word, and put some coins in your karmic creativity bank. We’re all in this together; let’s keep it interesting!

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