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Theme: One Hour
A lot can happen in an hour. Tobias Wolff’s famous short story “Bullet in the Brain” takes place over the span of a few minutes; the second half of the story, in fact, takes place over a fraction of a second. Great storytelling is about managing time within the story—the writer needs to choose when to slow time down, when to speed it up, and when to march along in step. Your piece must take place within the span of an hour, be it a poem, story, or essay.