Three-Minute Fiction Slam is a fast-paced literary competition that challenges writers to perform original pieces of fiction in three minutes or less in front of an audience and panel of judges. Hosted by John Herman in association with The New Hampshire Writers’ Project.
Here is what you can expect from a Three-Minute Fiction Slam contest:
– The host welcomes the audience and writers and offers a general overview of the evening.
– Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction pieces of no more than three minutes in length when read aloud.
– After each writer is done, judges give (very brief) verbal feedback and secretly record a numeric score out of five. One point overall will be deducted if an author goes over the allotted three minutes.
– The judges keep a private score for each piece. At the end of the night, the contestant with the highest score wins. In the event of a tie, the audience selects the winner through an “Applause-O-Meter” test as determined by the judges.
– Regional winners are invited to participate in the Three-Minute Fiction Slam state finals. If they cannot attend, then the runner-up will be sent.
Past winners have performed their works for the Business in the Arts Awards Ceremony, the Currier Museum, and on-air at NHPR. Among other prizes, the ultimate winner gets free entrance to The 603 Conference (the region’s largest literary conference) where they will read the winning work before an audience of publishers, editors, agents, and fellow writers