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Audience Choice Award (Winner of US $100)

Killing her had proven pointless. There, lurking below its cage of flesh and bone, the damn thing still beat for her; this beast, his heart. CREATED BY amanda sullivan

 

Judges Choice Award (Winner of US $100)

Even though the pond was frozen solid, Zack still saw the cracks in the ice and the face of his sister below the surface. CREATED BY George Kulz

 

Honorable Mentions

The bus departs for Portland, snow falling hard, temperature six degrees below zero. Last paycheck cashed and pen in hand. Goodbye, regret. CREATED BY Emily Smith

 

Madam, hush. In this town, ladies wear skirts below the knee and sweeten their tea with valium so no one has to listen to such screaming. CREATED BY Amber McDonald

 

"You looked below the sink?" "Yep" "On top of the cabinets?" "Sure did" "In the basement?" "hmm mm" "Then I have no idea where the baby is." CREATED BY Rebecca Brogan

 

Below a tattered sign that reads: FORECLOSED, Buddy still wags his tail, forever loyal to a master whoís never coming home. CREATED BY Brian Rish


Even now he submerges his head below bathwater, smothering his mothers vociferations, envisions a hero surfacing- instead of him. CREATED BY James Aaron Tecumseh Sinclair

 

 

Top 25 Stories in Final Round (word assignment:  below)

ďIím a wizard,Ē he cackled, from his room below our stairs. And maybe he was. But it turns out that the wizardís natural enemy is the Taser. CREATED BY Chris Bridges [Finals]


Despite being relatively petite and prime, it wasn't below 7 to murder 9. How? Cannibalism-according to 8, the sole witness (full immunity). CREATED BY Erik Ramos [Finals]


Killing her had proven pointless. There, lurking below its cage of flesh and bone, the damn thing still beat for her; this beast, his heart. CREATED BY amanda sullivan [Finals]


Alice felt the shoe salesman's touch below her ankle and fell instantly in love, unaware of the heartbroken mob sobbing at the window. CREATED BY Jeff Weitzel [Finals]


20 feet below sea level. The man swimming next to me started making faces and dancing. I almost laughed to death. He drowned. CREATED BY Christopher Wang [Finals]


After the lawsuit&Tedís terminal entanglement with Sassy Sasquatch, all Pretty Kitty employees were instructed: MOW BELOW BEFORE THE SHOW. CREATED BY Kristin Eaton [Finals]


Below the cellar stairs, it waited, hungered, sickly grinned as it sucked on its hairy tail in apprehension. Waiting for the children. CREATED BY Carl J Grasso [Finals]


When she grabbed hold of my you-know-what, shook it and giggled, ďGlad to meetcha, Mr. Peanut,Ē well, that was hitting below the belt. CREATED BY Ozzie Nogg [Finals]


"You looked below the sink?" "Yep" "On top of the cabinets?" "Sure did" "In the basement?" "hmm mm" "Then I have no idea where the baby is." CREATED BY Rebecca Brogan [Finals]


Waking with a panic, was she six feet below or dreaming? Her blanket reassured her. She stretched and hit the solid darkness above. CREATED BY Ray Cornish [Finals]


The toy car skidded to a stop below the couch. Through the plastic windshield, beady mouse eyes watched in horror as the cat easily followed CREATED BY Samuel Briggson [Finals]


The bus departs for Portland, snow falling hard, temperature six degrees below zero. Last paycheck cashed and pen in hand. Goodbye, regret. CREATED BY Emily Smith [Finals]


I can barely close my eyes to sleep. My entire bed shakes. All thanks to that horny lil monster who lives below my bed. Damn bunk beds. CREATED BY Stephanie English [Finals]


With the sun's rays warming her face, she sat in the river, below the rapids, letting the water massage her back like magic fingers. CREATED BY Tracy Whipple [Finals]


Just below my aching heart, your own tiny heart kept time - and the moment your lungs filled with air, I finally had a reason to breathe. CREATED BY Rebecca Ashcraft [Finals]


Madam, hush. In this town, ladies wear skirts below the knee and sweeten their tea with valium so no one has to listen to such screaming. CREATED BY Amber McDonald [Finals]


Below a tattered sign that reads: FORECLOSED, Buddy still wags his tail, forever loyal to a master whoís never coming home. CREATED BY Brian Rish [Finals]


Even though the pond was frozen solid, Zack still saw the cracks in the ice and the face of his sister below the surface. CREATED BY George Kulz [Finals]


Even now he submerges his head below bathwater, smothering his mothers vociferations, envisions a hero surfacing- instead of him. CREATED BY James Aaron Tecumseh Sinclair [Finals]


Youíll find that the leak is below the sink, she told the plumber. My husband is gone until 5. Iíll be in the shower if you need anything. CREATED BY Jennifer Ripley [Finals]


Deep below the frigid water, Jack finally finds his treasure - the sun sparkling like gold on waves too far to reach with an empty tank. CREATED BY Jocelyn Rish [Finals]


Babysitting the twins was a bad idea. Hardwood floors, the creep in the condo below mine, if the doorbell rings, I'll have to kill them. CREATED BY Lynne Robbins [Finals]


I wait below the bridge, checking my watch. At 8:03, my car plummets off the side. At least Iím punctual, I think, as I watch myself drown. CREATED BY Danielle Greengart [Finals]


When her father walked in, she tried to hide the bruise below her collar. When her father walked out, he didnít try to hide the gun. CREATED BY Jennifer Ludwick [Finals]


Despite being the fastest man alive, running into the wall exemplified his below average reflexes. His death pleased the second fastest man. CREATED BY Minhdzuy Khorami [Finals]
 

 

Click here to check out the the top 5 stories in each group from the 1st Round. 

 

▪ It is free to enter, but only one registration per person and you must be at least 18 years of age.

▪ The competition begins on Tuesday, December 8th, 2009 at 7PM EST.

▪ Registered writers are placed in 20 different groups.  Each group will receive a word (which can be a noun, verb or adverb) which must be included in their story.

▪ The stories are due on Tuesday, December 8th by 11:59PM EST and must be no longer than 140 characters with spaces.  Each writer may submit up to 3 stories.

▪ Judges choose the top 25 stories in each group and they will be posted here on Tuesday, December 15th, 2009.

▪ Online voting begins and the story in each group with the most audience votes automatically advances to the finals.  Judges choose an additional 4 stories in each group to advance to the finals.  Thus, 5 stories will advance from each group to the finals making for a total of 100 writers.

▪ The 100 writers in the finals all receive a new word (everyone in the finals receives the same word) on Tuesday, January 5th, 2010 at 7PM.  Each writer may submit up to 3 stories and they are due by 11:59PM EST on Tuesday, January 5th.

▪ The top 25 stories are posted here on Thursday, January 7th.  Winners are chosen by a panel of esteemed judges and an overall audience winner is also selected.

 

Registration is now closed.  There will be many more exciting writing competitions in the future, so make sure join our mailing list (bottom right) and follow us on facebook and twitter for competition updates/announcements.

 

Click here to check out winners from our last tweet me a story contest!

 

▪ The overall winner chosen by the judges receives US$100.

▪ Top overall winner determined by online voting receives US$100.

Exposure - The top writers will have the option of displaying their twitter page, blog or e-mail address next to their story here on the competition website and in our newsletters, which should get lots of clicks and new followers.

 

For more information on becoming a sponsor for this contest and/or providing prizes for the winning writers, please contact Charlie Weisman at charlie.weisman @ nycmidnight.com

 

The judges will be announced very soon.

 

Q.  Who owns the rights to the stories submitted?

A.  You, the writer.  NYC Midnight reserves the right to publish the story along with the writer's name on nycmidnight.com, but that's it.

 

Q.  Can I participate if I live outside the United States?

A.  Yes, you may participate from any country.

 

Q.  Can I participate if I am under 18 years of age?

A.  Yes, but you must have a parent or legal guardian send us an e-mail at nycmmm @ msn.com giving consent for you to participate in the "Tweet Me A Story" Contest on nycmidnight.com.

 

Q.  Can a writer have more than 1 story chosen to be in the top 25 in each round?

A.  Yes, writers may have all 3 stories chosen for the top 25 in their group.

 

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