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A doctor checkup
A truck driver



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 Clot' by Meredith Dodd SYNOPSIS - When a routine check-up reveals a blood clot in his leg, Howard’s doctor offers him an experimental medication. Through a series of disturbing dreams, Howard must watch what his lifestyle has done to both his body and his soul.

#2 'Product Management ' by Jared Lemus SYNOPSIS - A truck driver at a doctors appointment recounts all of the things he gets to transport to everyone of us.

#3 'Between the Sun and the Moon' by Kristin Vlasto SYNOPSIS - When a father leaves on another long-haul trip, a mother experiences the unique loneliness that comes from parenting a toddler.

#4 'In the Interest of Time' by Salena Casha SYNOPSIS - Although Mondays are most people’s least favorite day of the week, Carlton doesn’t mind them because she normally doesn’t show. But this Monday appears to be different because his visitor has arrived and she’s intent on staying far past her welcome.

#5 'Stitches' by Analisa Gomez SYNOPSIS - A clinic nurse, grown tired of daily uneventful work, administers stitches to an injured patient, a truck driver named Chilton. After the return checkup Chilton, who is discovered to moonlight as a murderer wanting someone with medical experience, kidnaps the nurse who adapts and evolves into more than just his hostage.

#Honorable Mention 'Backseat Driver' by Spencer R. Scott SYNOPSIS - Bloody, confused, and regretful a man finds himself in a shower. Upon remembering how he got there, he tries to flee the country, but he crashes his truck and the resulting trip to the doctor turns his whole world upside down.

#Honorable Mention 'Doctor's Orders' by Gladys Galay SYNOPSIS - A truck driver must submit to regular medical checkups by the company doctor. They disagree on the best course of action to address her recurring nightmares and sleeplessness but eventually, she comes round to his way of thinking.

#Honorable Mention 'Truckers' Rest' by Mary Huycke SYNOPSIS - Larry takes refuge from a blizzard in a trucker's diner. With the help of a pretty waitress and and old doctor, he finally gets some rest



           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
29 Alexandersson Carl Alvesta   SE
29 Ashley Sarah Omaha NE US
29 Beecham Cassie Dublin Dublin IE
29 Belardes Teresa West Hills CA US
29 Bernardi Manuela Rio de Janeiro RJ BR
29 Bradley Erin Victoria Marion IL US
29 Casha Salena Andover MA US
29 Coomber Kristin London London GB
29 Coy Heather Mechanicsville VA US
29 Dodd Meredith Kirkland WA US
29 Edwards Alexander North Rockhampton QLD AU
29 Galay Gladys Ottawa ON CA
29 Glennon Stephen Galway Galway IE
29 Gomez Analisa Rowland Heights CA US
29 Huycke Mary Yakima WA US
29 Knudsen Emilie Reston VA US
29 Lemus Jared Little Rock AR US
29 McNulty Paula New York NY US
29 Mercurio Nick Kensington MD US
29 MILLER TINA Philadelphia PA US
29 Mitchell Danielle Calgary AB CA
29 Nestorides Maria Nicosia   CY
29 Peralta Mirely Newark NJ US
29 Randolph Brigid Brooklyn NY US
29 Rice Lynne Santa Fe NM US
29 Roberts III Aubrey Berkley MI US
29 Scott Spencer Rancho Santa Fe CA US
29 sharda saroo oakville ON CA
29 Steinle Kendall Chicago IL US
29 Stewart Marie Farmville VA US
29 Vassallo Dante Haddon Heights NJ US
29 Vidrine Ana Kinder LA US
29 Vlasto Kristin Coffs Harbour NSW AU
29 von Hampeln Cora Stittsville ON CA
29 Zilm Kerstin Culver City CA US






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