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A contaminated body of water
A bike messenger



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 'Trajectories' by Laura Slauson SYNOPSIS - How can a high school teacher have hope for her students’ future in a world running out of clean water? As scientists explore outer space for water sources, she’s forced to make tough choices.

#2 'The Gospel of the Machair' by Robin K Hickson SYNOPSIS - A young woman arrives on a Scottish island seeking refuge from ecological disaster and the loss of her parents. She is orphaned and afraid, but learns that her prescient father has found a way to pass on a message that helps her to face a bleak future.

#3 'The Lucky Ones' by Andrew Green SYNOPSIS - A lunar courier drives an unusual visitor to a fateful meeting on the dark side of a rural basin.

#4 'The Electric Hum of Smoke' by Jamieson Wolf SYNOPSIS - The world has moved on. It is divided between those that have technology and those that don’t. One woman, Dianne, dreams of the past that she was never part of, where books were commonplace and humans lived natural lifespans. Dickenson, the man who runs the black market which specializes in giving people whatever they could wish for. When Dianne arrives at he black market, Dickenson wants to show her something that will change her life forever. Will she accept his gift?

#5 'SAMA: Super Automated Mechanical Acquisitioner' by Suzette Banick SYNOPSIS - The alien spaceship, Derminator, makes a pit stop on Earth to repair damages received when a crew member became hungry.

#Honorable Mention 'Her name is Sarah' by Rhiannon Carr SYNOPSIS - Franny’s understanding of her world is shaken when a new person comes into her life.

#Honorable Mention 'Messenger of the Tacopalypse' by Beret Olsen SYNOPSIS - Synopsis: When nefarious political machinations and an environmental calamity threaten to change life as she knows it, a bike messenger will have to intervene and save the world.

#Honorable Mention 'Splashdown' by Ross Newberry SYNOPSIS - A terraforming mishap on Mars has interesting political consequences.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
34 Banick Suzette Condon OR US
34 Bifaro Michael Rochester NY US
34 Billig Jennifer Harrisburg PA US
34 Carr Rhiannon London London GB
34 Cleveland Sara Kent OH US
34 Conroy Christine Gainesville GA US
34 cox sarah Enterprise AL US
34 Coy Charity Chillicothe OH US
34 Davidson Emily Chesapeake VA US
34 De Hoogh Sandra Fosterton NSW AU
34 Gilliam Gabrielle Gaithersburg MD US
34 Green Andrew Baltimore MD US
34 Hamilton Alyssa Newport Beach CA US
34 herring ben dunedin   NZ
34 Hickson Robin Edinburgh Midlothian GB
34 Jerzak Morgan Colorado Springs CO US
34 John Anita Penicuik Peeblesshire GB
34 Katz Christine Glenview IL US
34 Kinsey C.W. Manchester Greater Manchester GB
34 Newberry Ross Roswell GA US
34 Olsen Beret San Francisco CA US
34 Opsahl Ben Amsterdam   NL
34 Parham Lila Greenville SC US
34 Sands Oisin Worthing West Sussex GB
34 Shandro Caroline Arvada CO US
34 SLAUSON Laura Kelowna BC CA
34 Smith Paul Bend OR US
34 Snider Matthew Buckley MI US
34 Staples-Antol Jennifer Ypsilanti MI US
34 Thoerner Ashley Aiken SC US
34 Wakefield Lilian Lebanon OR US
34 Williams Jennifer Bakersfield CA US
34 Wiskirchen Julie Culver City CA US
34 Wolf Jamieson Ottawa ON CA
34 Woodall Beau Antioch TN US







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