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Searching for a missing person
A tourist



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 'Postcards' by Lisa Gefrides SYNOPSIS - One’s fingerprint. Another’s blood. A ticking time bomb. The mail will never be the same.

#2 'Alone' by Namrata Verghese SYNOPSIS - An Indian-American woman, on her way to visit India with her child for the first time in years, faces her worst fear when she is separated from her daughter in the airport.

#3 'The Big Un-Easy' by Mona D Shroff SYNOPSIS - Twelve-year-old Carly has been kidnapped by a homicidal maniac who is looking for his long lost daughter. Unfortunately for Carly, when he finds her, he will reward her with torture.

#4 'The Short Straw' by Laurie Rose SYNOPSIS - As the first "tourist" in space, Charon finds herself faced with the challenge of keeping herself alive despite a crew member who is having a difficult time dealing with the death of a friend. After being threatened, she decides to take matters into her own hands.

#5 'White Water' by Leslie Muzingo SYNOPSIS - Get a rope; get an ax, and listen to the senile old lady who isn't so crazy after all. Those who've been through it know a hurricane is coming when the air feels tropical.

#Honorable Mention 'Einfalt's Devotion' by Andrew Salchert SYNOPSIS - Louis Einfalt’s daughter, Louisa, is abducted by an unknown, technologically skilled psychopath while the father and daughter are on holiday in a foreign city. Through a series of letters and texts from the kidnapper, Louis is tormented, tested and challenged to save Louisa by proving his devotion to her.

#Honorable Mention 'Escape' by Anna Wenner SYNOPSIS - Alice Ronan is running, but she can’t remember why. On the way she finds her family, her past, and most importantly — herself.

#Honorable Mention 'June's Gift to December' by Jesse Montrose SYNOPSIS - Two hotel detectives struggle to contain the chaos when a dangerous criminal disrupts their already unsteady changing of the guard.



           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
18 Chang Morgane New York NY US
18 Chhugani Monica Vancouver BC CA
18 Currie Jessica Brooklyn NY US
18 Curry Samantha Westminster MD US
18 Daliege III R. Warren Chaska MN US
18 Davies Gemma brooklyn NY US
18 Engert David Bangkok Bangkok, Thailand TH
18 Essery Justyne Winnipeg MB CA
18 Gefrides Lisa Houston TX US
18 Hart Meagan Baltimore MD US
18 Keefe Amanda St. Louis MO US
18 Kinikin Juliet Canyon Country CA US
18 Kowalczuk Anna Brooklyn NY US
18 Larson Hillary Madison WI US
18 Locke Kathleen Brooklyn NY US
18 McCloskey Larry North Royalton OH US
18 McNurney Patrick Yulee FL US
18 Miller-Simms Terri L. Oklahoma City OK US
18 montrose jesse Redwood city CA US
18 Musgrove Sarah Banbury Oxfordshire GB
18 Muzingo Leslie Mobile AL US
18 Neymoss Chantez Charlotte NC US
18 Orihuela William San Antonio TX US
18 Pavic Marinko Calgary AB CA
18 Pelletier Adina West Jefferson OH US
18 Piromsan Wichayapat Philadelphia PA US
18 Rose Laurie West Branch MI US
18 Salchert Andrew Avon CT US
18 Schlager Jonathan Allentown PA US
18 Shroff Mona Columbia MD US
18 Sütő Fanni Le Perreux sur Marne Ile-de-France FR
18 Swanson Susanne Renton WA US
18 Walter Jordan Chicago IL US
18 Wenner Anna Overland Park KS US







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