White Birch Books and Jackson Women Writers welcomes you to the Three-Minute Fiction Slam Competition on Tuesday, February 28th at 7pm. The event will take place at White Birch Books in North Conway, New Hampshire. The 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 a panel of judges. All are welcome, as participants and audience alike are important to this event! This event is part of the New Hampshire Writers’ Project, a non-profit organization that supports New Hampshire writers and audiences for literature in the state.
How does the event work?
For those that are unfamiliar with the Three-Minute Fiction Slam, here’s what to generally expect in the event:
- Writers take turns presenting original flash fiction writing pieces. These pieces must be no more than three minutes in length when read aloud.
- Depending on the region’s rules, contestants may agree to being sprayed with a water pistol if their writing piece extends the timed three minutes. In other regions, a timer goes off to mark the three-minute time period.
- After each writer finishes reading their piece aloud, judges provide brief verbal feedback. At this time, judges also secretly record a numeric score (1-5) on the piece.
- If the writer extends the allotted three-minute period, one point from their overall score will be deducted.
- At the end of the night, the participant with the highest score wins the competition. If there is a tie, the audience selects the competition’s winner through an “Applause-O-Meter,” as observed 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 to the event.
- Regional winners will take part in a final showdown at the NH Institute of Art on Thursday, March 9, at 7pm.
Previous winners of the event have reached great successes. They 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 Writers’ Day 2017 (the region’s largest literary conference) where they will read their winning work before an audience of publishers, editors, agents, and fellow writers.
For more information, visit www.whitebirchbooks.com or call (603) 356-3200.