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A surrogate mother



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 'Child of the Elk' by Tamarae Arisco SYNOPSIS - The queen’s handmaiden is selected to carry the king’s heir, but the pregnancy threatens to unearth her dangerous secret.

#2 'Sideways' by Amy Francisconi SYNOPSIS - A young girl suffering from anxiety struggles to cope in a world that feels hostile and alien. It’s only when she discovers her roots that she begins to understand why she feels a stranger in a strange land.

#3 'Ignorance' by Lauren O'Halleron SYNOPSIS - Sharon wakes up from a coma to find that she has been chosen to act as a surrogate mother to help repopulate the world that has been destroyed by a virus.

#4 'We Make the Flowers Bloom' by Brandi Megan Granett SYNOPSIS - This story is accounting a fairy mission to generate an emissary to the human world.

#5 'Captured' by Brenna Pool SYNOPSIS - A human girl overcomes realizes she has control in life while a pixie realizes she has none. One learns to control her fears, the other learns caution.

#Honorable Mention 'High Tide' by Laura Sidsworth SYNOPSIS - A storm forces a family to flee, making a difficult decision as to what the new family dynamics will be.

#Honorable Mention 'Sunrise Over Gondor, AZ' by Deanna Ross SYNOPSIS - A young janitor’s life is changed one fateful night when he falls into Middle Earth with the girl of his dreams.

#Honorable Mention 'Under the Surface' by Annie Grossinger SYNOPSIS - A man awaits the birth of his first child, hoping that it might tether his mythological wife to their home, while she grapples with understanding life on land.



           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
11 Arisco Tamarae Daly City CA US
11 Azhocar Allison Yucaipa CA US
11 Clawsie Meaghan Los Gatos CA US
11 Common Linda Montgomery NY US
11 Czerwinski Katherine Sugar Grove IL US
11 Driks Rommy Doylestown PA US
11 Francisconi Amy Wilmington DE US
11 Fried Katja Camarillo CA US
11 Granett Brandi Stockton NJ US
11 Grossinger Annie Chicago IL US
11 Hager Janice Orlando FL US
11 Hartman Sarah New York NY US
11 Heath Ben London London GB
11 Henderson Robert Englewood NJ US
11 Hillman Tiffany Conway AR US
11 hoben ryan Vanvouver BC CA
11 Kopcrak Gina Los Alamos CA US
11 McClellan Sam Monroe LA US
11 Musgrave Jim San Diego CA US
11 Ng Elizabeth Canterbury Kent GB
11 Nugent Kelly Canton GA US
11 O'Halleron Lauren Tallaght Dublin IE
11 Pool Brenna Tacoma WA US
11 Rice Laura Johnstown PA US
11 Ross Deanna Del Rey Oaks CA US
11 Sangineto Maria St-Leonard QC CA
11 Shelby Jennifer Hopewell Hill NB CA
11 Sidsworth Laura Fresno CA US
11 Smith Jason Berkeley CA US
11 Smith Morven Melbourne VIC AU
11 Space Michael Albuquerque NM US
11 Spanos Peter Forest Hills NY US
11 Van Alstyne Morgan Burlington VT US
11 Warren Karen Brough North Humberside GB
11 Willis Georgia Springfield QLD AU






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