here to learn more & register
the Short Story Challenge 2011!
▪ Anyone may
compete from anywhere in the world
▪ There are 2 rounds
▪ 1st Round (January
16-24, 2009) : 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
13-14, 2009) : 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
FINAL ROUND RESULTS:
Congratulations to the winners,
especially Adam Zang, who has become the only writer to win more
than one NYC Midnight writing competition, and in back to back
#1 - 'Clockwise' by
Adam Zang SYNOPSIS - The
moving island he lives on is barely big enough to hold twelve
houses, but when a young man investigates the inner-workings of his
neighbors, he realizes that there is a darker mechanism at work
behind their methodical lives.
#2 - 'A Planned Community' by
SYNOPSIS - A moon settler becomes angry with his disruptive new
neighbors, who are several thousand miles away.
#3 - 'Notes on an Experiment' by
Erin Thomas SYNOPSIS -
Chloe’s getting older every single day, but Darin never seems to
change. Loneliness is a force of nature.
#4 - 'Freedom' by Bruno
Zalubil SYNOPSIS - When the electricity goes out, the
social structure of a small industrial city in central Europe
dissolves into a dystopian wasteland and the residents of an
apartment building are forced into a struggle for survival that
exposes their hidden personalities, challenges their political
ideologies and becomes a microcosm for the first battle in a new
international war for global power.
#5 - 'The End of Things' by
SYNOPSIS - Life-long enemies choose to sit out the end of the world
#6 - 'Jesus Boy' by Jan
Chapman SYNOPSIS - A boy finds magic in a parallel
universe. All he needs is a simple tone and some altered atoms to
find his way there.
#7 - 'Neighbors' by
Ashley Skabar SYNOPSIS - We hold on to our pasts the way
the moon holds its own shadow.
#8 - 'Horizon' by
Liz Hobbs SYNOPSIS - Are the descendants of Earth’s last
survivors really alone on their Waterstation? This is perhaps a
question that only the faithful can answer.
#9 - 'Walls Make for Short Space' by
SYNOPSIS - Three hunters of alien life forces are out on a
stake-out. When it comes to alien warfare, no weapon is wrong.
#10 - 'Android Casting Call' by
SYNOPSIS - When an intergalactic theatre impresario decides to make
an opera out of an iconic book, a battle for audiences, actors, and
resurrected composers begins.
Honorable Mention - 'AMITA' by Mercedes Segesvary
SYNOPSIS - When Zahira moves into her new apartment she tries
desperately to meet her new neighbors. But their illusive behavior
mixed with a mysterious penthouse occupant’s passion thrusts her
into a world of sound and image far beyond her human comprehension
but a necessary journey in her own evolution.
Honorable Mention - 'Good morning starshine, the Earth says
hello' by Fiona Mackie
SYNOPSIS - Amoral aliens arrive on Earth and, while trying to
maintain that they are good neighbours, feed on the minds of humans,
even the Scots!
Honorable Mention - 'Good Voids Make Good Neighbors' by
SYNOPSIS - One man learns the consequences of not keeping his
interplanetary space up to code.
Honorable Mention - 'Honey, I Ate The Neighbours' by Andrew Perry
SYNOPSIS - Being a zombie wasn’t so bad. It was the diet that got
Honorable Mention - 'Kristy Dreams of Evergreens' by
SYNOPSIS - In Fred and Arlene's world, poverty, ill-health, and
unemployment are things of the past, but more than anything,
daughter Kristy wants to see a living tree.
Honorable Mention - 'Max and Me' by
SYNOPSIS - Two thirds of the world has been flooded and natural
resources are getting scarce. As the authorities take drastic
measures to ensure the survival of mankind, an unlikely friendship
forms in an almost empty New York apartment building.
Honorable Mention - 'Moving Out' by
Josh Raisher SYNOPSIS
- A strange housemate moves in for a week.
Honorable Mention - 'Neighbors in Time' by
Jack Dais SYNOPSIS -
Fleeing a plague on Earth, two travelers are marooned on the same
ship, and in love. But they may never meet.
Honorable Mention - 'The Better and Purplish Neighbor' by
Zachary Mann SYNOPSIS -
When an email bomb goes off next door to his housing unit, Les finds
himself in danger of losing everything. A friendly neighbor saves
the day in more ways than one.
Honorable Mention - 'The Neighborhood Drink' by
Joe Osgood SYNOPSIS
- At a prison in the far corner of space, an unlikely friendship has
the universe on edge.
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