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A flood
A teenager in love



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 Last Boy in Aster' by Drew Gerken SYNOPSIS - The psychological journey of a boy willing to do anything to keep Kacee safe and all to himself.

#2 'The Flood of Memory' by David Abolafia SYNOPSIS - When a missing teen is found in a catatonic state, her “uncle” – a cop – works to uncover just what scared her into silence… and if it’s connected to another disappearance.

#3 'Drowning' by Natalie Romine SYNOPSIS - A young woman struggles to survive during a flash flood, crossing the city by rooftop and meditating on her singular, unconventional experience with love.

#4 'The Rise of Bee Creek' by David Bart SYNOPSIS - A Texas boy makes snap decisions while attempting to hold a promise of reaching his love. It’s the flood of the century though and things aren’t always as they seem.

#5 'What You Never Knew' by Michelle Kaseler SYNOPSIS - When a stranger who knew Sarah’s dead mother enters her life, she learns more than she ever wanted to know.

#Honorable Mention 'Bystander' by Michelle Chaison SYNOPSIS - Simone's world is ending at nineteen and she's going out with a flood of guilt.

#Honorable Mention 'Lacey' by Marina Orrson SYNOPSIS - Over the years, a young, teenage boy learns to love the dog he always begged for.

#Honorable Mention 'The Exchange' by Michelle Nugent SYNOPSIS - A girl whose boyfriend dies in a flood does the unthinkable to bring him back.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
20 Abolafia David Sarasota FL US
20 Atinsky Steven Fullerton CA US
20 Bart David Spicewood TX US
20 Breckenridge Hunter Kansas City MO US
20 Carlson Susannah Sunnyvale CA US
20 Chaison Michelle Bremerton WA US
20 Cuoco Shannon Grand Junction CO US
20 Day Donna Leeds West Yorkshire GB
20 Dimitrijević Nenad Beograd   RS
20 Fischer Emma London London GB
20 Foltz Stephanie New York NY US
20 Franz Curtis Raleigh NC US
20 Gladden Kristen Kingwood TX US
20 gomula stephen amsterdam NY US
20 Harper Megan Okeechobee FL US
20 James Carrie Forest Hills NY US
20 Kaseler Michelle Tucson AZ US
20 Linehan Amanda Frederick MD US
20 McCabe Ellen Bethesda MD US
20 Novak Deanna Greenwich CT US
20 Nugent Michelle Jamison PA US
20 Orrson Marina Shavertown PA US
20 Patten Robert Dallas TX US
20 Rhea Megan Ewing MO US
20 Richardson Jamie Anne Royse City TX US
20 Rivera Soyla Veronica Oakland CA US
20 Romine Natalie Mesa AZ US
20 Rutherford Tiana Anchorage AK US
20 Schaefer Heather El Paso TX US
20 Schultz Leslie Somerville MA US
20 shanklin elizabeth Minneapolis MN US
20 Shnay Alan Park Forest IL US
20 Sloan Willona Washington DC US
20 W Bill West Covina CA US







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