NPR does a very interesting writing contest called Three-Minute Fiction and we thought we'd try their latest one (the contest ended last week) for our prompt this week.
The premise of the contest is to write a piece of flash fiction - it should be no more than 600 words and should take no longer than 3 minutes to read aloud.
And the requirement for this particular one is a character MUST tell a joke and a character MUST cry. One character can do both.
We encourage you to read more about it here. The winner for this particular round hasn't been chosen yet, but they have posted some of their favorite submissions here if you want to get an idea of what other very talented writers have done with it.
We hope you will find this challenging but also fun.
For you non-fiction writers, you can follow the same rules - no more than 600 words, 3 minutes read aloud - and write about a time of laughter mixed with tears.