Today NPR announced the winner of its “Three Minute Fiction” — original fiction that can be read in three minutes or less.  Writers submitting to this contest had to use the same opening line and tell a story in no more than 600 words.

The winning story was  Rainy Wedding, written by Carrie MacKillop of Charlotte, Vermont, who wrote  about a mother who is caring for her deathly ill, 5-year-old son.  Warning: you will need tissues to get through this story.

MacKillop holds no MFA; she studied English at UCLA but was never admitted to the school’s creative writing program.  Aren’t we so glad she kept writing?! It’s a lesson for writers everywhere to keep returning to the screen or to the paper, despite the lack of recognition or tangible payoffs.



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