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Crime Caper
A gardener



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 Virgin Expert' by Juli Kobayashi SYNOPSIS - Jade, a master art forger, executes a scam on a remote Scottish isle when she encounters an art connoisseur that may lead to her undoing.

#2 'Cruel Summer' by Nicole Leszczuk SYNOPSIS - A woman is doing her best in the aftermath of financial ruin, but the heat does her in.

#3 'Frozen Assets' by Julia Grieve SYNOPSIS - In an old English manor house, spiralling money problems force a group of old friends to resort to desperate measures to save their way of life.

#4 'A Whole Pot of Trouble' by Tyrel Viner SYNOPSIS - Friends, co-workers, and drug-dealers run into trouble when the money to go legit runs short of the goal. Now, itís one last crime to set them free.

#5 'The Sweet Smell of Bankruptcy' by Rachel Boyer SYNOPSIS - In 1957, Mt. Airy, Pennsylvania, James Scully loses his family's landscaping business, and a local flower show to a pretentious rival, Vivian Plover. Bankrupt and seeking vengeance, he and two colleagues attempt to settle the score by stealing her prize winning rose.

#Honorable Mention 'Ditched' by Karen Collier SYNOPSIS - When Red Russo comes up with a plan to save his winery from bankruptcy, he coerces his gardner, Guillermo, into helping. Things turn ugly when Red mistakes Guillermo's dog, Buster, for that of his neighbor.

#Honorable Mention 'Dropping Tumblers' by Angela Doll Carlson SYNOPSIS - After a job goes wrong, a safecracker tells his version of the story hoping that it might buy his freedom. How can clowns, Kenyans, and the croup help the cops find the real mastermind?

#Honorable Mention 'The Tulips' by Katie Huggins SYNOPSIS - The new gardener of The Oasis retirement village is incompetent at gardening but perhaps their skills lies with crime.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
41 Alongi Christina St. Paul MN US
41 Boyer Rachel Toms Brook VA US
41 Browne-Jamet Nicolle Lille   FR
41 Carlson Angela Doll Chicago IL US
41 Cattie Ray Lilburn GA US
41 Collier Karen Austin TX US
41 dimopoulos k. foula Rochester NY US
41 DuCharme Ruth winters CA US
41 Duffy Sim Kate Indianapolis IN US
41 Durusau Elizabeth Athens GA US
41 Ficaro Alissa Orange CT US
41 Gregg Sueanne Middlemount QLD AU
41 Grieve Julia Princes Risborough Buckinghamshire GB
41 Haggard Brewer Stacey Riverton KS US
41 Hall Stephanie St Neots Cambridgeshire GB
41 Huggins katie Wollongong NSW AU
41 Jefferies Stephen Creston IA US
41 Kobayashi Juli New York NY US
41 Leszczuk Nicole Bordentown NJ US
41 Lewellen MJ Pittsburgh PA US
41 Maydew Sari Godalming Surrey GB
41 McGuicken Darren Bangor Down GB
41 Monroy Jose Culver City CA US
41 Nelligan Mary-Anne Shady Side MD US
41 nwoye chidinma piscataway NJ US
41 Radford Lynn New Brighton PA US
41 Reesor Amy Louisville KY US
41 Richards Debbie Watervliet MI US
41 Saldin Shannon Anaheim CA US
41 Slansky R.H. Oakland CA US
41 Verhaagen Dave Charlotte NC US
41 Viner Tyrel Twentynine Palms CA US
41 vonKnorring Tamara Lapeer MI US
41 Werlich John Westlake Village CA US
41 Yang Rosemary Lansing MI US






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