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 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!
1ST ROUND RESULTS:
Click here to view the 1st Round Assignments and Results.
FINAL ROUND RESULTS:
Congratulations to the winners, there were some amazing stories in both rounds!
'After The Talk' by Tyler Hayden SYNOPSIS -
Allie sees the postcard perfect Redondo Beach, and her ex-boyfriend
differently after The Talk.
'Center of Vision' by
SYNOPSIS - Although it
was her husband whose sight was impaired, recent widow Althea is the
one with the blind spot.
'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.
'Archive' by Joanna Arnow SYNOPSIS
- A romance grows as a man tries to help his co-worker cope with her
'Produing Salt' by William Dock
SYNOPSIS - An elderly man and woman strike up an unconventional yet
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
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
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
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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