The 1minuteconcept was inspired by One Minute Stories by the Hungarian author István
Örknéy (1912-1979). These absurd, satirical, immensely enjoyable stories were written, as the author describes, so that they can be read "while the soft-boiled egg is boiling or the number you are dialing answers."
During long train trips to and from Prague, the first contributors, Horizon Gitano and Hanno Frank took turns thinking up topics. After consider a topic intensely for a few minutes, furious scribbling would ensue. Stories were finished after about 20 or 30 minutes and read out loud to each other, often causing discomfort and fear in the other passengers in the car.
Despite the fact that each story produced was rather short (although, with time, the tendency was toward longer stories), a rather large body of writing was produced. Some of which has some mild literary merit. And it was a lot of fun.
Several rounds of 1minutestories have been completed. A new round may be starting soon. Participation is by invitation only.
Books that include stories written in the 1minutestory project: