OTM's Novel Challenge Finale

Friday, May 23, 2008


We asked and we received. 1,000+ entries later, we conclude our novel challenge with a reading of our favorite 12-word novels submitted by you.

Comments [2]

Wanda Dipple from IOWA CITY, IOWA

Since November the "Novel Challange" has been driving me crazy! Like some odd language in which I've become fluent -- I hear mini-novels all around me. Our popular media overflows with sub-compact stories fleshing out charater's lives in concise comments bandied about without further explanation. One sentence stories that give depth to a work's breadth.
Today's Example:
Henry Jones to his son, Indiana in "The Last Crusade" spoken as they sat 'at the cross roads':

"Unfortunately, she kept her illness from me: all I could do was mourn her."

Now, I had previously watched this movie MANY times...but today, after the 'On the Media' challenge...DING...
there it is: an entire story...in...one...sentence. Thanks for pointing out what I'd been over looking...I think.

May. 27 2008 11:23 PM
Julie Hatoff from San Clemente

This story went by so fast I had to listen again...and wanted to email to a friend and aspiring novelists. Repeatedly, I entered her edress, only to be repeatedly told that I needed to use but on "@," a lesson I of course didn't need. Why didn't the email work?

May. 25 2008 09:02 PM

Leave a Comment

Register for your own account so you can vote on comments, save your favorites, and more. Learn more.
Please stay on topic, be civil, and be brief.
Email addresses are never displayed, but they are required to confirm your comments. Names are displayed with all comments. We reserve the right to edit any comments posted on this site. Please read the Comment Guidelines before posting. By leaving a comment, you agree to New York Public Radio's Privacy Policy and Terms Of Use.