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1ST ROUND HEAT ASSIGNMENTS

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THE 1ST ROUND AWARDS HAVE BEEN ANNOUNCED! - Go to individual heats listed above to see the complete list of awards.  Congratulations to all of the writers for rising to the challenge and good luck to the Finalists moving on to the Final Round of the competition!

 

FINAL ROUND:  24 talented writers recently took part in the final round, where they were challenged to write an original short story in just 24 hours based on the following assignment:  genre - DRAMA and subject - CHOCOLATE.  The winners are below:

 

1st Place

"Chocolat Amer (Bitter Chocolate)" by Jacqueline Brown (New York, NY) - Following the death of her father, a savvy African child bride finds herself trapped in the horror of the 21st century Cote d'Ivoire chocolate slave trade.

 

2nd Place

"Trick" by John Dowgin (Spotswood, NJ) - His parents' reaction to a frightening discovery in his Halloween candy forces a ten year-old boy to reevaluate his views of the world and his father.

 

3rd Place

"A Man of Cortés" by Pete Barry (Easton, PA) - A Spanish conquistador discovers the positive and negative effects of a native Mesoamerican chocolate drink.

 

4th Place

"Back Home in a Foreign Land" by David Malki ! (Los Angeles, CA) - A returning veteran attempts to readjust to civilian life while battling the demons of his memories.

 

5th Place

"Sorry" by Bruno Zalubil (New York, NY) - A homesick woman is finally unwilling to apologize for the sake of her abusive boyfriend when their five-year relationship reaches its nadir over a contraband box of chocolates.

 

6th Place

"The Fight of His Life" by Steven Smyth (Millbury, MA) - Drew Carroll is a man who knows loss-but it is only after his dog is stricken by chocolate poisoning that he is able to understand both loss and life.

 

Honorable Mention

"A Chocolate Star" by Todd Ciaciuch (Agoura Hills, CA)

"Alcohol, Chocolate, and Cigarettes" by Megan Marquart (West Chester, PA)

"Chocolate Walls" by Eric Marschall (Winston Salem, NC)

"Chocolate's Sunday" by Martin Lancaster (Frankfurt, Germany)

 

 

Heat

Last Name

First Name

City

State / Province

Country

6

Abbott

Jillian

Whitestone

NY

USA

8

Abell

Miles

Houston

TX

USA

13

ADAMS

HEIDI

GREENSBURG

IN

USA

2

Agosta

Carolyn Steele

Sherrill's Ford

NC

USA

8

Albertini-Bond

Sarah

Virginia Beach

VA

USA

2

Alfonso

Doris Rita

Grinnell

IA

USA

5

Ash

Greg

Aylesbury

Bucks

UK

10

Auset-Jones

Karen

Brooklyn

NY

USA

5

Barry

Pete

Easton

PA

USA

7

Baxter

Kimberly

Altamonte Springs

FL

usa

1

Beam

David A.

Brownwood

TX

USA

4

Bellipanni

Jason

Mont Vernon

NH

USA

3

Bennett

Xander

Robina

Queensland

Australia

13

Bernstein

Wyatt

New York

NY

USA

2

Bobier

Greg

waterloo

ONT

Canada

3

Bovee

Andrea

 

 

 

9

Boyter

Gavin

London

Greater London

UK

8

Bradley

Andrew

Dedham

MA

USA

10

Brennan

Blythe

Huron

OH

USA

10

Brennan

Thomas

New York

NY

USA

9

Brizec

Isabelle

Ealing

London

UK

9

Brown

Jacqueline

New York

NY

USA

8

Bryan

William

Denver

CO

USA

3

Bullard

Gary

Washington

DC

USA

3

Bulley

David

Turners Falls

MA

USA

14

Cagney

Lucy

NY

NY

USA

4

Cajigal

Calvin

Montgomery Village

MD

USA

6

Calabro

Frank

Staten Island

NY

USA

6

Campisi

Vincent

Hamilton

NJ

USA

12

Cantalupo

Ellen

Middletown

NJ

USA

12

Carr

Jonathan

Simi Valley

CA

USA

7

Carter-Jeffrey

Galen

Friendswood

TX

USA

3

Chadwick

Ken

Yonkers

NY

USA

13

Chase

Elizabeth

Pasadena

CA

USA

10

Ciaciuch

Todd

Agoura Hills

CA

USA

5

Connelly

Claire

Sydney

New South Wales

Australia

6

cook

pia

gainesville

FL

USA

5

Cook

Karen

Paradise Valley

AZ

USA

8

Cornwell

Stacey

Laurence Harbor

NJ

USA

14

Coxon

Caroline

Buxted

East Sussex

UK

10

Creque

Stuart

Moraga

CA

USA

1

Cuculich

Michael

Los Angeles

CA

USA

13

Curtis

Jessica

Sunnyside

NY

USA

10

Danford

Patrick

Philadelphia

PA

USA

7

D'Angelo

Ann

Indianapolis

IN

USA

11

Decker

Christopher

Rhinebeck

NY

USA

7

Dembkoski

David

Merrimack

NH

USA

11

DeSanta

Jessica

Ramsey

NJ

USA

14

DeVoe

Jessica

Capistrano Beach

CA

USA

5

Dhillon

Jesse

Brampton

ONT

Canada

5

Dodge

Andrew

 

 

 

6

Done

Heather

Las Vegas

NV

USA

14

Dowgin

John

Spotswood

NJ

USA

14

Doyle

Kristina Jessica

Santa Clarita

CA

USA

6

Dunwoody

David

Ogden

UT

USA

14

Edwards

Oliver

New York

NY

USA

6

Einarsson

Einar Gunnar

Clifton

NJ

USA

6

Elphinstone

Janna

New York

NY

USA

8

Elto

Olivia

Clifton

nj

USA

10

Essner

Elisa

St. Louis

MO

USA

11

Faught

Timber

Holiday

FL

USA

9

Felland-Syring

Rebecca

Minneapolis

MN

USA

6

Fischette

Stephanie

Brooklyn

NY

USA

4

Ford

Andrew

Cardiff

South Glamorgan

UK

5

Fowler

Ed

North Hollywood

CA

USA

3

Frazier

Jaleesa

Charleston

SC

USA

12

Garrett

Perry

Northridge

CA

USA

6

Gaskin

Lee

East Finchley

London

UK

3

Giles

Hannah

Leeds

West Yorkshire

UK

12

Gleckler

John

St. Louis

MO

USA

10

Godfrey

Nicole

Athens

GA

USA

14

Goldfarb

Ben

Amherst

MA

USA

10

Goldstein

Jason

Highlands Ranch

CO

USA

11

Gorham

Brien

Pennington

NJ

USA

6

Gough

Carl

London

London

UK

1

Grady

Jeana

Brighton

MA

usa

2

Graff

Anabel

New York

Ny

USA

2

Greene

Ron

Tomball

TX

USA

7

Greenhalgh

Suzanne

 

 

 

9

Gutierrez

Michael Phillip

Rosemead

CA

USA

12

Harris

William

Frederick

MD

USA

3

Haslewood

Nathan

Leeds

West Yorkshire

UK

2

Hayden

Brian

St. Paul

MN

USA

4

Heddle

Brendan

Bethpage

NY

USA

5

Henderson

Garrett

Sherman Oaks

CA

USA

1

Herman

Derek

Denver

CO

USA

1

hester

delisha

conyers

GA

USA

1

Hirsh

Andrew

New York

NY

USA

3

Hopkins

Brandon

Frederick

MD

USA

7

Howard

Anthony

Detroit

MI

USA

5

Jamberdino

Kristin

New York

NY

USA

2

Jantzen

Christopher

Clayton

CA

USA

8

Jarrett

Tanya

Murfresboro

TN

USA

7

Johnson

Hope

Minneapolis

MN

USA

12

JONES

MATTHEW

MONTREAL

QUEBEC

Canada

9

Kass

Michael

Los Angeles

CA

USA

11

Keel

Rich

Mishawaka

IN

USA

3

Kehoe

Travis

Yorktown

VA

USA

5

Kelley

Lee

Murray

UT

USA

11

Kelly

Danny

Glendora

CA

USA

4

Kelly

Aikia

Montgomery Village

MD

USA

13

Kennedy-Edwards

Brittany

Bonita Springs

FL

USA

14

Keyeski

Derek

Oak Creek

WI

USA

9

kickham

patric

wexford

wexford

Ireland

10

kinsella

clodagh

paris

paris

France

8

Kocak

Kristen

Brooklyn

NY

USA

7

Koepf

Ehren

South San Francisco

CA

USA

12

Kohler

Alan

Northport

MI

USA

11

koppelmann

rotem meir

london

UK

UK

9

Kotzer

Avi

Rego Park

NY

USA

12

La Coa

Manassa

Miami

FL

USA

9

Lancaster

Martin

Frankfurt

Hessen

Germany

4

Lankford

Elsa

Baltimore

MD

USA

4

Leigh

DiPillo

Ossining

NY

USA

13

Levas

Jason

Brooklyn

NY

USA

7

Levin

Jonathan

New York

NY

USA

8

Li

Pak

Jersey City

NJ

USA

14

Little

Doc

sparks

NV

USA

13

Lofton

Bill

San Francisco

CA

USA

2

Lueker-Tarango

Erika

Long Beach

CA

USA

6

Maddox

Billy

Pasadena

CA

USA

2

Maliga

Jared

Los Angeles

CA

USA

5

Malki !

David

Los Angeles

CA

USA

1

Malmqvist

Lars

Birkerød

N/A

Denmark

7

Marquart

Megan

West Chester

PA

USA

13

Marschall

Eric

Winston Salem

NC

USA

14

Mayberrywunsch

Linda

 

 

 

14

McCulloch

James

 

 

 

11

McGinn

Scott

Hingham

MA

USA

2

McKenzie

scott

Stockport

Cheshire

UK

2

Mendelsohn

Jacob

Brooklyn

NY

USA

1

Mendelson

Melissa

Monroe

NY

USA

4

Mills

Misty

New Boston

MI

USA

2

miranda

patterson

new york

NY

usa

9

Moledina

Rahim

UXBRIDGE

MIDDLESEX

UK

12

Moore

J. P.

Latham

NY

USA

9

Mortensen

Kellie

Woods Cross

UT

USA

13

Moses

Sarah

New York

NY

USA

2

Munsch

Guy

Bethesda

MD

USA

5

Musal

Jeffrey

Rhinebeck

NY

USA

10

Nelson

Sue

Wheathampstead

Herts

UK

3

Newell

Thomasin

Madison

WI

USA

5

O'Brien

Katherine

Santa Monica

CA

USA

9

Owens

Cindy

Wheat Ridge

CO

USA

8

Palmer

David

London

UK

UK

4

Pandolas

Marc Anthony

Palm Coast

FL

USA

7

Patrick

Janine

issaquah

wa

usa

9

perez

bonnie

orlando

FL

usa

6

Perez

David

Newbury Park

CA

USA

13

Pierucci

Edward

Kalamazoo

MI

USA

13

Porter

Joseph

Ballwin

MO

USA

8

Powilatis

Jill

West Simsbury

CT

USA

12

Randolph

Julie

Caldwell

NJ

USA

1

Rechtman

Joseph

Ossining

NY

USA

5

Regner

Anna

Oldenburg

Niedersachsen

Germany

1

Reiter

Daniel

Toronto

ONT

Canada

6

Richardson

Paul

Riverside

CA

USA

4

Riley

Patrick

Geneva

Geneva

Switzerland

3

Ripley

Jennifer

Sherman Oaks

CA

USA

4

Robbins

Rebecca

Los Angeles

CA

USA

10

Robinson

Shantay

Stone Mountain

GA

USA

13

Roddy

Ian

Orlando

FL

USA

13

Rodriguez

Ariel

New York

NY

USA

12

Rodriguez

Vanelis

San Juan

PR

Puerto Rico

9

Rowe

Christopher A.

Silver Spring

MD

USA

10

Rutherford

F. Chong

Brooklyn

NY

USA

7

Rye

Curt

Brooklyn

NY

USA

13

salvo

zandro

vancouver

BC

canada

1

schnatz

kurt

lindenhurst

NY

USA

12

Signer

Sheri

NY

NY

USA

11

Skjolsvik

Pamela

Bayfield

CO

USA

8

Smith

Cory

Medicine Hat

AB

Canada

1

Smith

James

Melvindale

MI

USA

5

Smith

La-Chanda

bronx

ny

usa

8

Smyth

Steven

Millbury

MA

USA

4

Somerville

Luke

Brooklyn

NY

USA

3

Sophia

Katherine

Saint Paul

MN

USA

13

Stahr

Ed

Orlando

FL

USA

1

Steier

Lydia

Stuttgart

Baden-Württenburg

Germany

1

Stevens

Elena

Baltimore

MD

USA

11

Stewart

Evelyn

Mobile

Alabama

USA

14

Stewart

Julie

COGOLIN

VAR

France

6

Stibbs

Patrick

Omaha

NE

USA

7

Sting

Jason

Los Angeles

CA

USA

11

sullivan

tom

new york

ny

usa

3

Suto

Josip

Guymon

OK

USA

11

Tambakeras

Nicholas

Tucson

AZ

USA

2

Targovnik

Andy

Syosset

NY

USA

14

thoth

s.k.

jamaica

NY

USA

4

Tito

Greg

Brooklyn

NY

USA

8

Tomjanovich

Melissa

Brooklyn

NY

USA

10

Torvik

Brett

Madison

Wi

USA

12

Trock

Kathleen

Ferdinand

ID

USA

2

Turon

Jason

Summit

NJ

USA

11

Tyler

Sam

Atlanta

GA

USA

7

Udoff

Barry

nyc

NY

usa

11

Vander Velde

Jaime

Wall

NJ

USA

4

Vaughn

Brent

Chandler

AZ

USA

4

Wall

Jason

Toronto

ONT

Canada

7

Wallace

Jess

Adelaide

SA

Australia

3

Walsh

Catalina

Miami

FL

USA

10

Warner

Sierra

Northport

ME

USA

12

Weber

Courtney

New York

NY

USA

1

White

Mindi

Los Angeles

CA

USA

12

wieliczko

Christopher

New York

NY

USA

9

xtian

espano

cavite

dasmarinas

Philippines

14

Yakovlev

Anton

Boston

MA

USA

8

Zablud

Joanne

Santa Monica

CA

USA

11

zalubil

Bruno

new york

ny

usa

 

 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 
   
   
   
       
   

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