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Assuming a new identity
An unannounced houseguest



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 'The Downstairs Children' by Tiffany Hastie SYNOPSIS - After a social worker goes missing Larius is sent to pay an unannounced safety check on the six Hoolihan children, three of the children and their mother, Stephanie, were kept prisoner under the house for fifteen years while the other children were raised upstairs by their Grandfather who was also their father and jailer. What Larius doesn’t know is that Stephanie is continuing with the family tradition and wants him to join them, he tries to escape but he is captured and forced to become a part of the family.

#2 'Dance with Me' by Jonathan O'Brien SYNOPSIS - A man hosts a dinner party where none of his guests show up. Instead, his door is knocked on by an assailant—an assailant who may or may not be real, and who may or may not already be dead.

#3 'Hail Ragnar' by Christopher Hivner SYNOPSIS - A disgruntled FBI agent attempts to procure an ancient map that will lead him to a thousand year old treasure and a new life.

#4 'DEAD WEIGHTS' by DONNA BLOSS SYNOPSIS - “Get in the fucking van right now” Jeremy is a deadbeat criminal who has exiled himself to Belgium from Holland after doing a botched job. There he finds Louise working in a bar and he recognises her as one of his bosses whores, the one who screwed The Boss over big-time.

#5 'Chumming for Sharks' by Kimberly Davis SYNOPSIS - A young woman is doing casual day-work aboard a deep sea fishing boat owned by a retired Mafia boss. She finds herself in an awkward position when a hit man charters the boat.

#Honorable Mention 'Impasto' by Matthew Ellis Pritchard SYNOPSIS - A painter blends lucidity and lunacy into a surreal composition.

#Honorable Mention 'Reach for the Stars' by Alaina D'Altorio SYNOPSIS - A horrifying instance of misidentification leaves a young woman in great peril.

#Honorable Mention 'The Mask' by Alex Pearson SYNOPSIS - An exclusive Las Vegas party. The host is watchful and aloof as two young women arrive, well-prepared for revenge.



           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
14 Ballard Charlotte Pine Bluff AR US
14 Bates Samantha Colorado Springs CO US
14 BLOSS Donna Toulon   FR
14 Brandt Sean Burlington NC US
14 Colquitt Ali Warner Robins GA US
14 Croft Sarah St John's NL CA
14 D'Altorio Alaina Canfield OH US
14 Davis Kimberly Madisonville TX US
14 Desormeaux Shelley Toronto ON CA
14 Fischer-Thom Kathy Audubon MN US
14 Fitzgerald Colleen Alexandria NSW AU
14 fraser lynne allentown PA US
14 Goodey Frances Rochedale South QLD AU
14 Hanly Erin Barnsdall OK US
14 Hastie Tiffany Busselton WA AU
14 Hivner Christopher Dallastown PA US
14 Holloway Tomijo Galveston TX US
14 Kolesnik Samantha Downingtown PA US
14 Lombardi Cristina New York NY US
14 Mears Kyle Cary NC US
14 O'Brien Jonathan Graceville QLD AU
14 olarewaju omobola Hamilton ON CA
14 Pato Eric Tortora Brooklyn NY US
14 Pearson Alex Brooklyn NY US
14 Penticuff Angela Lees Summit MO US
14 Pritchard Matthew Carmichael CA US
14 Pyne John Salisbury MA US
14 Sellon Tyler Seattle WA US
14 Shasteen Stephanie Gilbert AZ US
14 Svrcek Andrew Wingdale NY US
14 Verity Bree WANNEROO WA AU
14 Victor Ullestad Denice Marysville WA US
14 Walsh Steph Burlington ON CA
14 Washington Cyndy Guelph ON CA
14 Watson Steven Tupelo MS US






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