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A flight
An Olympian



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 'Between the Lines' by Chris Marmo SYNOPSIS - In the final of the 400-metre track event, a Paralympic athlete realizes there is more than a sporting interest in her blade prosthetic, and finds herself in the race of her life.

#2 'Stick and Fry' by Nina Starling SYNOPSIS - In a future where global power has shifted, and space is being colonized, covert intelligence and espionage is thriving. One rookie agent, on a flight back to Earth, will discover there is more to her mission than meets the eye.

#3 'Code Name- The Hunter' by Jan Cooper SYNOPSIS - A Czechoslovakian Olympic sharpshooter is recruited by the CIA to spy for them. Someone in the Agency is a double agent. Who can it be?

#4 'The Trouble with Beautiful Women' by AJ Norris SYNOPSIS - A CIA agent flies home after a seemingly failed mission to Russia, but finds out his job is really about to begin.

#5 'At The Tavern's End' by William Fullwood SYNOPSIS - An aging Olympic swimmer revisits a place from his past where a decision he made four years ago has significant present-day consequences.

#Honorable Mention 'Never Say Die Another Day' by Jill Cochran SYNOPSIS - Drug Enforcement Officer Danny is finding out that being a spy is not as glamorous as he imagined as a child. When his cover is blown at 30,000 feet, Danny must attempt to channel his childhood hero, James Bond, in order to make a death-defying escape.

#Honorable Mention 'The Reaper' by Makrenna Rose Sterdan SYNOPSIS - As airline stewardess Serena interacts with all the passengers, she is, unknowingly, cataloguing which ones should die first.

#Honorable Mention 'The Wrong Flight' by Ariel Maggi-Byers SYNOPSIS - When synchronized swimmer Jeannie DuGrey’s flight is cancelled on her way to the Olympics, a governmental secret about her family comes out of the woodworks and she is drawn into a world she never really wanted to be a part of.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
13 Anderson Maggie Chicago IL US
13 Bisker Ana Baltimore MD US
13 Brennan Teresa Fall River MA US
13 Carter-Winward J.A. Ogden UT US
13 Cochran Jill Shelby OH US
13 Cooper Jan Canyon Country CA US
13 Dolan Meaghan Bronx NY US
13 Finley Eugene Hinesville GA US
13 Franklin Nancy Bear Valley Springs CA US
13 Fullwood William New York NY US
13 Green Camille Thomasville NC US
13 Hughes Franz Dallas TX US
13 Jay Bradley Edmonton AB CA
13 Kauppinen Jennifer Crystal MN US
13 Kinder Melanie Northville MI US
13 Kirkman Elspeth New york NY US
13 Krotz Bob Reseda CA US
13 Kurzer Robin Madison WI US
13 Leader Kate Worthing West Sussex GB
13 Maggi-Byers Ariel Berthoud CO US
13 Maloney Lisa Alexandria VA US
13 Marmo Chris Carlton VIC AU
13 Marschand Sara Glen Ellyn IL US
13 marshall allison newburyport MA US
13 Norris Alisa Bloomfield Hills MI US
13 Overby Timothy Chiang Mai Chiang Mai TH
13 paiz phillips jamie santa monica CA US
13 Simonsen Elizabeth dallas TX US
13 Smith Alfred Tipton KS US
13 Starling Nina South Brisbane QLD AU
13 Sterdan Makrenna Winnipeg MB CA
13 Wilson-Payne Amy Charles Town WV US
13 Wood Zac Falls Church VA US
13 Workman Jon Salem MA US
13 Young Tracy Marengo IA US







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