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Historical Fiction
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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 'Universal Enryption' by Erin Wilson-Boget SYNOPSIS - In 1989, a young man seeks enlightenment while battling personal demons.

#2 'Radio Silence' by Shanan Winters SYNOPSIS - Petty Officer Cardiff realizes the ramifications of live-broadcasting an active war zone when orders are given before all the information is known.

#3 'An Indelicate Woman' by Jennifer van der Kwast SYNOPSIS - During the 1950s blacklist era, Hollywood actress Lena May Gardner mourns the incarceration of her suspected-Communist beau, Russell, screenwriter for the film An Indelicate Woman. But perhaps she is more responsible for his devotion to the Communist Party than anyone realizes.

#4 'The Boatman's Fee' by Calum Macfarlane SYNOPSIS - A French Resistance spy has been given instructions to halt a German attack that turn the tides for the Allies during the War. A cryptography department is responsible for all messages sent to the front lines…and it is Élise’s assignment to halt any further encryptions…

#5 'ALLEDI' by MARY SQUILLACE SYNOPSIS - Against the violence and oppression of the Jim Crow South, a secret relationship blossoms.

#Honorable Mention 'Taylor's Tavern Letters' by Hildie Block SYNOPSIS - A story in cypher-ed letters between Quaker college roommates on different sides of Northen Virginia’s No-Man’s-Man during the Civil War. Love and peace may conquer all, after all. 

#Honorable Mention 'The message' by chris brannick SYNOPSIS - London in the late 17th century is still recovering from freezing winters, plague and the Great Fire. A schizophrenic young woman struggles to come to terms with the demands of the people about her and the voices in her head.

#Honorable Mention 'Undone' by Jo Ellen Silberstein SYNOPSIS - Susan’s commitment to one relative, to keep a telegram from the First World War, drives away the only family member left, maybe forever. It takes a wise friend and an unimaginable tragedy to make her realize what she could lose.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
37 Adhiya Barbara Markham ON CA
37 Banks Emily Essex Junction VT US
37 Bharti Andre Toronto ON CA
37 Block Hildie Arlington VA US
37 brannick chris forest gate London GB
37 Gidley Apple Houston TX US
37 Grimes Kyle Sherman TX US
37 Kelsey Bryan Maryville TN US
37 Kent Christine Brookline MA US
37 Lewis Kimberly Abilene TX US
37 Lobb Jeffery Portland OR US
37 Macfarlane Calum Reading Berkshire GB
37 Martinez Fabiana Dallas TX US
37 McCarthy Jessica Dublin 3 Dublin IE
37 Moore Rebecca Elburn IL US
37 Morschel Robert Tonbridge Kent GB
37 Nadig Raghu Cambridge MA US
37 Price Allison Derby Derbyshire GB
37 Pultz Christopher North Massapequa NY US
37 Raymond Joan Bakersfield CA US
37 Reid Ernie Lehigh Acres FL US
37 Ryan Louise Auckland   NZ
37 Schultz Annaliese Somerville VIC AU
37 Silberstein Jo Ellen Sarasota FL US
37 speller stephen El Paso TX US
37 Squillace Mary Santa Monica CA US
37 Strong Leona Auburn KS US
37 Stuhl MONIKA Cetraro CS IT
37 Turner-Cohen Tash Greenwich NSW AU
37 van der Kwast Jennifer Amsterdam   NL
37 Watson Katy Venice CA US
37 Wentum Danielle Everett WA US
37 White Chris Glasgow Glasgow City GB
37 Wilson Boget Erin Lansing MI US
37 Winters Shanan Glendale AZ US







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