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  21

Fairy Tale
A birthmark
A psychic

 

 

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 Bargain' by Jennifer Rock SYNOPSIS - An old man agrees to raise a fay child he found in the woods. But will this odd creature bring good fortune or disaster?


#2 'The Lost Heir' by Jeffrey Sanger SYNOPSIS - In order to save her brother from a vengeful king, a psychic sets out to find the lost heir to the throne who can be recognized only by a royal birthmark.


#3 'Bear Face' by Joy Baglio SYNOPSIS - A young woman with a marring birthmark on her face fails to impress her fiance’s psychic sisters and is ultimately cast out into the woods, abandoned even by the man whom she thought loved her. Yet it is only through this ostensible failure that her true power emerges and she is able to make the ultimate self discovery.


#4 'The Girl Who Wears Her Heart on Her Neck' by Kevlin Henney SYNOPSIS - A bargain was struck, a deal was made, a binding verse was said. These bring together the girl who is lost and asleep, the woman whose gift and curse let her see the past and the woman whose hands cannot be read.


#5 'The Linnet Girl' by Natalie Hart SYNOPSIS - A witch gives a girl from a horrifying home a gift that is meant to protect her. It does, but is it also a curse?


#Honorable Mention 'Go Back and Get It' by Colleen Schmidt SYNOPSIS - A fraud psychic with a real talent and a mystic tattoo artist give one family a happily ever after.


#Honorable Mention 'Mother Match' by Shantel Silbernagel SYNOPSIS - A village prepares for the annual Matching Ceremony where Mother Match is in her 90th cycle as match maker. However, Mother Match foresees a match that will shake up tradition in the village; will she have the courage to let The Auras have their way or will Mother Match smudge the birthmarks and change the lives of four blissfully ignorant characters forever?


#Honorable Mention 'Tala's Story' by John Nixon SYNOPSIS - Couched as a fairy story, this tells the story of Tala, a child born with a birthmark whose mother, desperate to save her marriage, enlists the help of a seer – a psychic, but the seer is murdered, the mother and child turned out and the village cursed as a consequence. Tala grows up in ignorance of her origins but eventually returns to the village, she may perhaps raise the curse if she can find it in her heart to forgive the villagers.
 

 

 

           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
21 Asher Frank Washington DC US
21 Baglio Joy Florence MA US
21 Bell Tamyka Nathan QLD AU
21 Brown Kama Ballwin MO US
21 Buchanan Mindy Portland OR US
21 Daniels Brandon Findlay OH US
21 Dodds Genevieve Longmont CO US
21 Funk Jeremy Mount Vernon OH US
21 Gruden Jennifer Toronto ON CA
21 Hart Natalie Grand Rapids MI US
21 Henney Kevlin Bristol Bristol GB
21 Herft Alison Wellington   NZ
21 Higgins Matthew Houston TX US
21 Hunter Trish Indianapolis IN US
21 Jordan Stephanie Hammond LA US
21 Jorgensen Sarah Enid Glendale CA US
21 Kernander Adam Dover NH US
21 Kikuchi Andrea Saint John NB CA
21 Lennon Stephanie Brooklyn NY US
21 Loughry Daniel Northridge CA US
21 Marefka Michael Powell OH US
21 McGowan Dani marietta GA US
21 Meyerson Jeff Greensboro NC US
21 Nickless Darby Fernandina Beach FL US
21 Nixon John Göteborg   SE
21 Nolan Declan Dublin Dublin IE
21 O'Berski Matt Bonita Springs FL US
21 Rock Jennifer Scott LA US
21 Sanger Jeffrey Tempe AZ US
21 Schmidt Colleen Houston TX US
21 Silbernagel Shantel Vancouver WA US
21 Sokey Zoe South Pasadena CA US
21 Steffanus Alexander Las Vegas NV US
21 Weirup Zachary Austin TX US
21 young mary ann south burlington VT US

 

 

 

 

 




 

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