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the Short Story Challenge 2011!


Anyone may compete from anywhere in the world

There are 2 rounds

1st Round (January 15-23, 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 8 days 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 12-13, 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!



Click here to view the 1st Round Assignments and Results.



Congratulations to the winners, there were some amazing stories in both rounds!


#1  'After The Talk' by Tyler Hayden   SYNOPSIS - Allie sees the postcard perfect Redondo Beach, and her ex-boyfriend differently after The Talk.

#2 'Center of Vision' by Avital Isaacs  SYNOPSIS - Although it was her husband whose sight was impaired, recent widow Althea is the one with the blind spot.

#3 'The Things We're All Too Young to Know' by Anders Fischer  SYNOPSIS - Malcolm is the Spirit of Good and Benjamin is the Spirit of Evil; and they are locked in combat for the final apocalyptic battle that will decide the fate of all reality. There’s just one problem: they used to date.

#4 'Archive' by Joanna Arnow  SYNOPSIS - A romance grows as a man tries to help his co-worker cope with her impending blindness.

#5 'Produing Salt' by William Dock  SYNOPSIS - An elderly man and woman strike up an unconventional yet sweet romance.

Honorable Mention - 'Anyone but You' by Jill Raftery  SYNOPSIS - A woman attempts to come to terms with her husband’s recent loss of sight as she remembers what it was that brought them together in the first place, while he struggles to discover what he has left to live for now.

Honorable Mention - ' 'Dark Was the Night' by Kate Britton  SYNOPSIS - “You may fall from the mountain, drown in the deep blue sea
You ain't did the right fallin', til you fall in love with me”
-Blind Willie McTell

Honorable Mention - ' 'DOUBLE TAKE' by Rebecca Ashcraft  SYNOPSIS - Every once in a while we're lucky enough to catch a glimpse of what really matters in life. The difficult part is knowing what to do when it shows up in person.

Honorable Mention - ' 'Funny Packages' by Carolyn Crowell SYNOPSIS - A woman finds her true love at her mother’s funeral and realizes love is blind.

Honorable Mention - ' 'On a Dark Moon' by Annika Wood  SYNOPSIS - In this romance with a sci-fi spin, a crew member sabotages a space ship, forcing the remaining two crew members to fly blind. As they hurl through space without any idea where they are heading, their love blossoms, until a crash on a strange moon threate

Honorable Mention - ' 'Persimmon and Vanilla' by Michael Kass  SYNOPSIS - Still getting used to using senses other than sight, a blind man is caught unawares by a scent on the subway. Bewitched and increasingly obsessed, he struggles to maintain his equilibrium until the scent's owner seeks him out.

Honorable Mention - ' 'Pudge' by Bruno Zalubil  SYNOPSIS - Two colleagues find that they share a passion for the Chicago White Sox, then perceive the deepening of their relationship in different ways.

Honorable Mention - ' 'Saving Face' by Darcy Stoltzfus SYNOPSIS - A sculptor archives his memories with the visions his hands mold.

Honorable Mention - ' 'The Reading Lesson' by Matt Spivey  SYNOPSIS - A young boy’s conversation with his grandmother reveals a lesson of true love when they both find comfort in the healing power of books.

Honorable Mention - ' 'ZATOICHI' by Geoffery Metz  SYNOPSIS - Synopsis: Maxwell, a blind, lonely masseur, falls for a married grocery store clerk after she becomes a regular client. Does he find love, too?



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