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Romantic Comedy
A coffeehouse manager



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 'Gratitude' by Courtney Hollander SYNOPSIS - She starts a gratitude journal to help heal a broken heart.

#2 'BEN and GERI' by Lee Huntington SYNOPSIS - The manager of a café in Paris observes the historic meeting of Benjamin Franklin and Madame de Stael in 1786 amidst the rising currents of the French revolution. This is a fictionalized account purported to be a translation from the French.

#3 'Coffee Lovers' by Paulene Turner SYNOPSIS - An artist working in a coffee shop in New Orleans discovers that true beauty lies beneath the froth.

#4 'His and Hers' by Emma Eltringham SYNOPSIS - A romantic comedy exploring speed dating, and finding the one.

#5 'The Elixir of Parental Sanity' by Marie MacMillan SYNOPSIS - Behold, Indoor FunTown: where there is endless fun for children and boundless familial judgment for grownups. This morning’s brew offers a little more than just rocket fuel and rational thinking.

#Honorable Mention 'A Whole Latte Love' by Reyn Murphy SYNOPSIS - With her younger, smarter, prettier co-worker, Ori, around, Kel knows finding love isn't going to be easy.

#Honorable Mention 'The Demotion' by Natasha Le Petit SYNOPSIS - A high-ranking executive of a large coffee shop chain is demoted to manager of a struggling coffee shop.

#Honorable Mention 'Three Beans Too Many' by Serena Armstrong SYNOPSIS - Zoe Jenkins works as a forensic pathologist at Windy Pines Municipal Hospital and has given up on ever finding love. When a body is discovered at a local coffeehouse and she is inadvertently locked in with it and Marlon Britchley, the junior forensic technician, she realises that, despite the circumstances, love might be closer than she thought.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
19 Armstrong Serena Mittagong NSW AU
19 Barr Glenn Grand Haven MI US
19 Bellipanni Jason Mont Vernon NH US
19 Buhrman Sarah Cozad NE US
19 caprio heather Kokomo IN US
19 Clifton Anna Hook Hampshire GB
19 Cummings Tim Dandridge TN US
19 Cursio Michael Toronto ON CA
19 Elliott Samuel Sydney NSW AU
19 Eltringham Emma Norwich Norfolk GB
19 Ferrato Jessica Lakewood OH US
19 Harris Joshua Idalou TX US
19 Higgins Chris New Westminster BC CA
19 Higgs Raychel Glossop Greater Manchester GB
19 Hollander Courtney Santa Monica CA US
19 Huntington Lee Yellow Springs OH US
19 Jain Nishita Columbia MD US
19 Knabel Robin Bloomington IN US
19 Lademann Jacqueline Ringwood VIC AU
19 Le Petit Natasha Collaroy NSW AU
19 Lyons Cynthia Gasport NY US
19 MacMillan Marie PORTLAND OR US
19 McCormack Lisa Mt. Juliet TN US
19 murphy reyn Berkeley CA US
19 Rainer Todd Humble TX US
19 Randazzo Arriona Playa Del Rey CA US
19 Robinson iv George San diego CA US
19 Sullivan Janie Apache Junction AZ US
19 Sweeney Joseph Latham AZ US
19 Thaler Theresa Munich   DE
19 Turner Paulene Greenwich NSW AU
19 van der Hoeven Louise Langley Park Durham GB
19 Wagner Adam Alexandria VA US
19 Wolff Abby Kansas City MO US







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