Click here to learn more & register for
the Short Story Challenge 2011!
▪ Anyone may compete from anywhere in the world
▪ There are 2 rounds
▪ 1st Round (January 11-19, 2008) : Writers are placed randomly in heats. Each heat is assigned a genre and a subject (ex. comedy : competing lemonade stands or horror : a family reunion).
▪ Writers have 1 week to write an original short story (2,500 words max).
▪ Winners are chosen from the 1st Round to advance to the 2nd round and compete for thousands in cash and prizes.
▪ 2nd Round (March 14-15, 2008) : All of the writers receive the same genre and subject at midnight (EST time) and have just 24 hours to write an original short story.
▪ A panel of judges review the final round stories and winners are chosen!
Congratulations to all of the writers for rising to the challenge and for submitting such unique and inventive stories in both rounds of the competition this year!
1ST ROUND RESULTS:
Click here to view the 1st Round Assignments and Results.
FINAL ROUND RESULTS:
1st Place - 'Raising Awareness' by Adam Zang
SYNOPSIS - A little boy, believing that
his parents can see ghosts, searches for ways to see them as well.
Through a sales game that his father teaches him, the boy is finally
able to see the tragedy in his world.
2nd Place - 'Deliverance Ministry' by Russell Detty
SYNOPSIS - A wayward minister and a
young boy with a terrible power sell their services for profit.
3rd Place - 'The Accordion Player' by Victoria LaCorte
SYNOPSIS - A young girl returns to haunt
the child trafficker responsible for her death.
4th Place - 'The Best of a Situation' by Anne Sagel
SYNOPSIS - A teenage boy sells candy for
his high school fundraiser and bravely approaches the town
recluse—-an odd old man with an invisible dog.
5th Place - 'Humean Understanding' by Tom Jubert
SYNOPSIS - In 1748, David Hume’s
philosophy rendered the world a contradiction. In 2008, we began to
realise how, and why.
6th Place - 'A Haunting Revenge' by Joel Steverson
SYNOPSIS - If you could get even with
everyone who ever wronged you by haunting them, would it be worth
the price you’d have to pay?
7th Place - 'Booker Brush Business' by Kate Sullivan
SYNOPSIS - Even after his death, Kalil
Kalicki can't stop trying to meet his quota. Unfortunately, his
ghoulish rotting corpse scares the shit out of everyone he meets -
well, almost everyone.
8th Place - 'Like Clockwork' by Benjamin Gould
SYNOPSIS - A young man seeking a summer
of no responsibilities discovers that the great beyond may only be
as far away as the path to the front door.
9th Place - 'The Card' by E.D. Lindquist
SYNOPSIS - Death goes door to door these
days and a pale parade follows behind. Don't forget to use
10th Place - 'The Pocket Watch' by Tiffiny Whitney
SYNOPSIS - A traveling salesman finds
fortune in an old pocket watch, only to discover that some things
are better left alone.
Honorable Mention - 'Cold Call' by Candace Leigh Coulombe
SYNOPSIS - An optimistic cosmetics
saleslady pays a call on a spectral customer. Perhaps they each have
just what the other needs.
Honorable Mention - 'Dreams of the Damned' by Paige Varney
SYNOPSIS - A man moves into a boarding
house murderous knife salesman used to live. His dreams soon lead
him to fall under the murderer’s influence.
Honorable Mention - 'Lindsey Wagner's Saleswoman's Bible' by Christopher Hutt
SYNOPSIS - In the world of competitive
reality, every saleswoman needs her edge. Wendy Baker applies the
lessons of her favorite author on the subject to a property with a
Honorable Mention - 'Pygmalion's Antique Shop' by John Post
SYNOPSIS - Jeremy Simmons is a
collector, a purveyor of all things material. When he enters
Pygmalion’s Antique Shop, though, he begins to rethink his view of
materials as simply material.
Honorable Mention - 'The Fine Lint' by Jacob Mendelsohn
SYNOPSIS - A widow buys a vacuum cleaner
that may be possessed by the spirit of her dead husband. This is not
necessarily a good thing.
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