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A carpenter



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 'Rubbish Tree' by Shauna M. Holyoak SYNOPSIS - Kalani enjoys being Bo’s apprentice, crafting wooden surfboards from the Hawaiian “rubbish tree,” but when her twin brother steals her mentor’s prize board, displayed proudly in his surfboard shop, she must decide where her loyalty lies.

#2 'The Same, But Different' by Susana Santos Martins SYNOPSIS - When Catarina’s former college roommate, who is suffering from locked-in syndrome after a massive stroke, asks her to end her life, Catarina confides her dilemma to a new romantic interest, Marcelo. After weeks of indecision, Catarina is furious when Marcelo takes matters into his own hands—but even more horrified to realize that she herself was only using her friend’s situation to gain Marcelo’s sympathy in a childish bid for romance.

#3 'Last night in Puebla' by a.m. ruiz SYNOPSIS - A solitary man has to choose between keeping a friendship and being true to his beliefs about the fate of his country. This decision will transform him.

#4 '5 Star Electric' by Timothy Ng SYNOPSIS - A young boy comes to grips with the lose of his mother.

#5 'Some Assembly Required' by Cameron Burnet SYNOPSIS - A young carpenter’s life is altered by a rare sleep disorder which causes him to dream while awake. His relationships are tested as he tries to adapt to his condition and figure out where he now fits in society.

#Honorable Mention 'Parallel Lines' by Frances Howard-Snyder SYNOPSIS - Torn between loyalty to her husband and loyalty to her son, Martha Peterson struggles to find her own way.

#Honorable Mention 'Shelley Farm' by Tracylee Cicero SYNOPSIS - The story of one man’s struggle to overcome his own history.

#Honorable Mention 'The Coffin' by Kelly-Lynne Reimer SYNOPSIS - An old carpenter must build the most difficult project of his life – his wife’s coffin.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
27 Ballard David Carmel IN US
27 Bangert Cynthia Chicago IL US
27 Burnet Cameron Footscray VIC AU
27 Cicero Tracylee Holly Springs NC US
27 Dahlhaus Jacky Inverurie Aberdeenshire GB
27 D'Alba Mary Stoneham MA US
27 Donaldson Melanie Oxford Oxfordshire GB
27 drevo ally santa barbara CA US
27 Eng Kira El paso TX US
27 Gonzales Jason Muskogee OK US
27 Guerrero-Randall Alexander Seattle WA US
27 Hartnett Julie Glenroy VIC AU
27 Holyoak Shauna Idaho Falls ID US
27 Howard-Snyder Frances Bellingham WA US
27 Jennings Katlyn Santa Fe NM US
27 Jukic Emma Brooklyn NSW AU
27 Lawrence Karen Washington DC US
27 Martins Susana New York NY US
27 McCauley Deryl Lomira WI US
27 McGlamery Raymond Austin TX US
27 Ng Timothy Brooklyn NY US
27 Pirott Laura El Cerrito CA US
27 Prax Marianne Valdez AK US
27 Proto Michael Atlanta GA US
27 Ralph Karen Guelph ON CA
27 Reimer Kelly-Lynne Winnipeg MB CA
27 Roberts Sarah Fort Collins CO US
27 ruiz am Sint Stevens Woluwe   BE
27 Shaw Steve Belfast City of Belfast GB
27 Smith Greg Avon OH US
27 Stephens Louisa Scranton PA US
27 Strathern Greg Vancouver BC CA
27 Ward David Graham Gateshead Tyne and Wear GB
27 washington Victoria Phoenix AZ US







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