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A meditation retreat
A Nobel Prize winner



If your story is listed below in the top 5, congratulations on advancing to the 2nd Round kicking off at 11:59PM EDT this Thursday, March 17th!  Regardless if your story placed or not, everyone should be proud for rising to the challenge and creating an original story from scratch in just 8 days.  This was our largest field ever and there were many great stories that aren't recognized below.  Thank you to everyone for participating, we hope it was an inspiring experience!

#1 'Mindful Things' by Tara L. Davis SYNOPSIS - SYNOPSIS: A Nobel Prize winning neuroscientist discovers the critical key to erasing and creating memories. She must keep one step ahead of those who will kill to possess the knowledge, but who can you trust when everyone is watching?

#2 'Reunion' by Carey Head SYNOPSIS - A young runaway returns home to discover unusual changes in her difficult father and his clinic. Are the changes real, or part of her delusions?

#3 'Tea with Maria' by Mike Holyoak SYNOPSIS - When Carma starts a Meditation retreat at a local assisted living center, George Baxter is “volunteered” to participate. He claims to be a Soviet spy and thinks Carma and her meditation may be the key to unlocking his 34-year-old secret.

#4 'Ephemeral Keys' by Sarah Beaudette SYNOPSIS - A disillusioned NSA sleeper is distracted from her mission on the tropical island of Kho Pha Ngan by a strangely persistent companion. Their 24 hours together change both of their lives forever, and though they don’t know it at the time, the course of the world.

#5 'Purity' by William Kenyon SYNOPSIS - An ambitious West German political staffer aspires to more than his workaday job entitles him, agreeing to deliver a secret package to a Stasi operative in the German Alps. But has he overstepped his bounds to his detriment?

#Honorable Mention 'Agent Ordinary' by Bokerah Brumley SYNOPSIS - Even though Thomas Ordinary can’t figure out why the Agency pulled him out of retirement, the perks sure made him feel young again. But when he’s tasked with saving Pablo Morra, an aging Nobel Peace Prize winner, Thomas gets more than he bargained for.

#Honorable Mention 'Everything Is Broken' by Karima Bouchenafa SYNOPSIS - Jacob Mugisa, a former soldier, has won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work with ex-soldiers who have committed rape as a tool of warfare in an unnamed Central African country. Due to his newfound fame, Mugisa is about to embark on a global speaking tour to train others in his pioneering methods of reeducating these men, but his wife, Grace, disapproves—for reasons that only she, Mugisa, Maria (a woman Mugisa has fought to forget), and the government for whom Mugisa used to work, know. A week before he is to give his first talk at a university, Mugisa is overcome with almost crippling anxiety and doubt about his speaking tour. He attends a meditation retreat to relax and prepare for the tour. Instead, an unexpected encounter forces Mugisa to revisit and battle his own traumatic past. Unbeknownst to Mugisa, the government for which he used to serve, has arranged for the meditation retreat to cause his mental breakdown. Mugisa loses this battle, suffering a psychotic break as the weight of his memories proves unbearable.

#Honorable Mention 'From Darkness, Into Light' by Leo Meyer SYNOPSIS - The Clandestine Service uses agents as instruments to conduct its global initiatives, and Roland Altair is one of its most finely tuned. When he’s assigned what appears to be a straightforward mission, his training and years of field work will be tested as he’s faced with unwavering integrity.



           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
10 Andrusiak Ievgeniia Hamtramck MI US
10 Aquilina Carmelo Sydney NSW AU
10 Arezzo Jennifer Leesburg VA US
10 Beaudette Sarah Spokane WA US
10 Borle Margaret Sturgeon County AB CA
10 Bouchenafa Karima Philadelphia PA US
10 Boulay Zach Somerset MA US
10 Brumley Bokerah Cisco TX US
10 Brunnabend Matthew Allentown PA US
10 Byrne Anna Laerke Dublin Dublin IE
10 Chiodo Frank Garden City NY US
10 Dang Lisa Brooklyn NY US
10 Davis Tara Jefferson MA US
10 Dewing Sonja Albuquerque NM US
10 Genthner Tabitha York PA US
10 george aimee broadway VA US
10 Haas Tanya Carmel IN US
10 Head Carey Belmont NC US
10 Higgins Mike Brooklyn NY US
10 Hohman Almeida Karen Burbank CA US
10 Holyoak Mike Idaho Falls ID US
10 Kenyon William Chamblee GA US
10 Lander Michelle Van Nuys CA US
10 Majumdar Anne Avalon NSW AU
10 McCormick Diarra New Orleans LA US
10 Meyer Leo Carmel IN US
10 Millican John buford GA US
10 Noel Alex Verdun QC CA
10 Nosko Ray New Market MD US
10 Owano Hodson Cathryn Mundelein IL US
10 Petrowich Christine Hoffman Estates IL US
10 Richmond David Rancho Santa Margarita CA US
10 Simpson Ashley New Hope PA US
10 VanderLinden Nicole Iowa City IA US
10 Warkentin Tatiana Ittigen Switzerland CH






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