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Ice fishing
A coward



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 'Synthetic Solutions' by Marrie Stone SYNOPSIS - Global warming has stripped the planet of its resources, destroying most of the population and all the food supply, people now reliant on synthetic liquid nutrition for survival. Some seek brief respites of relief in simulated worlds, but relief comes with its own costs.

#2 'How to Survive Ice Fishing' by Timothy DeLizza SYNOPSIS - A couple that is working in ice fishing on a post-apocalyptic faraway planet, supplying much of the planetís food through using aging technology. They are visited by a young couple who wishes to continue the tradition.

#3 'Only Animals ' by Chelsea Sutton SYNOPSIS - A girl loses her father and is forced to cope in a society that does not allow feelings like grief, which are, dear listeners, such ugly things indeed.

#4 'Exile' by Leisl Egan SYNOPSIS - An old woman on a self-imposed exile is confronted by the results of her creation that destroyed mankind.

#5 'Lake Chikunga' by Cindy Cook DeRuyter SYNOPSIS - Faced with an unplanned pregnancy, Layla knows she needs to find a way to escape from her abusive husband. When she encounters extraterrestrial visitors on an ill-advised ice-fishing expedition, she finds an unexpected opportunity to do just that.

#Honorable Mention 'Closed Eyes' by Clay Space SYNOPSIS - A set of three stories (one from the past, one from the present, and one from the future) of a father and son ice fishing in the arctic. As the times change, so too does their relationship with nature.

#Honorable Mention 'Frozen Hope' by Amy Kappaz SYNOPSIS - When a frozen child washes up along the shoreline of their lakefront home, a brilliant researcher and his wife are confronted with difficult ethical and moral questions.

#Honorable Mention 'Louie's Demise' by Dana Anzalone SYNOPSIS - Daunted by unfortunate circumstances and tormented by a bully, Louie endures a life that is exceptionally challenging. His fear of the outside world consumes him, until one day he embarks on a journey that will change his life forever.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
38 Aaron Nathaniel Weston FL US
38 Allen J Patrick Wentzville MO US
38 Anzalone Dana Port Washington WI US
38 Bell Courtney Valley Village CA US
38 Boeckman Allyson Morrow OH US
38 Bouvy Ashley Pittsburgh PA US
38 Buchanan Lynne Greensboro NC US
38 Cham Zhi Yi Norwood SA AU
38 Chandratrey Anagha Pune Maharashtra IN
38 Chilvers Anna Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire GB
38 Clifford Archie Forncett St Peter Norfolk GB
38 Cook Randall David New York NY US
38 Cook DeRuyter Cindy Oakdale MN US
38 DeLizza Tim Washington DC US
38 Egan Leisl Melbourne, VIC VIC AU
38 Evans Josh Lakewood CO US
38 Harler Courtney Las Vegas NV US
38 Ingwersen Scott GLEN ALLEN VA US
38 Jonvallen Erica Stockholm   SE
38 Kappaz Amy Beverly Hills MI US
38 Khoo Kar Mun Bulleen VIC AU
38 Kumar Pricilla Elk Grove CA US
38 McCall Reenagh Galway Galway IE
38 Murdakes Melpomeni Burnsville MN US
38 Patient Leslie Oceanport NJ US
38 Peterson Denise Houston TX US
38 plant naomi Blessington Wicklow IE
38 Solberg Kris Cork Cork IE
38 Space Clay Albuquerque NM US
38 STOLFI JENNA Delray Beach FL US
38 Stone Marrie Laguna Beach CA US
38 Sutton Chelsea Studio City CA US
38 Them Paul Philadelphia PA US
38 Weiner Larry Westfield NJ US







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