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A horoscope
A bird watcher



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 'Something Wicked' by Rivkah Raven Wood SYNOPSIS - Murder occurs in a small Welsh theater production of Macbeth. Everyone knows who did it, and no one is saying a word- justice of a kind is ultimately served.

#2 'Caw, Caw; Ha, Ha' by Jessica Clark SYNOPSIS - Anna’s brother, Matthew has an odd adolescent hobby of bird watching. He’s working on a science experiment with some crows, but some creepy clues lead Anna to believe there’s more at stake.

#3 'Horoscope Truths' by Daniel Myerson SYNOPSIS - A memory of summer days in the park, where an uncle’s lessons in trust and perception led to the discovery of unwanted knowledge.

#4 'Birds From Her Piano' by Tom Martin SYNOPSIS - An elderly man’s wife has gone missing. Everyone seems to know the truth, but no one’s talking.

#5 'Escape to San Sebastian' by Jessica Ramesch SYNOPSIS - A semi-retired tour guide, Ben immigrated to America when he was in his twenties. Now, fifty years later, something from the past is threatening to ruin his golden years.

#Honorable Mention 'Here's What Happened' by Nathaniel Edson SYNOPSIS - Two detectives investigate a gunfight at a nightclub that’s a front for the mob. A remarkable explanation seems to be the only one that makes sense.

#Honorable Mention 'INSPECTOR NERI AND THE CASE OF THE LYTTON WARBLER' by Andrew Dugas SYNOPSIS - When Allston Hayes, millionaire inventor of a lucrative algorithm for generating real-time horoscopes, is found shot in his own study, it looks like the perfect murder. Only Inspector Neri can be trusted to find — or rather, stumble upon — the truth, thanks to the dedication of dozens of bird watchers.

#Honorable Mention 'Magpie's Child' by Karen Vernon SYNOPSIS - An astrologer gives hope to an obsessive woman desperate to have a baby. But the hope comes with a warning.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
42 Baker Brian London ON CA
42 Blanchette Katie Belmont NH US
42 Castro Joshua Alhambra CA US
42 Clark Jessica Calgary AB CA
42 Clay Leigh Port St Lucie FL US
42 Cook Jennifer Castaic CA US
42 Cowan Angela Sidney BC CA
42 Cygan Allyson Minneapolis MN US
42 Deleon Tara Naperville IL US
42 Dugas Andrew San Francisco CA US
42 Edson Nathaniel Janesville WI US
42 Foley Kate Lebanon PA US
42 Foust Jonathan Shelby NC US
42 Fugle Steven Scottsville NY US
42 Holdridge Hank Westfield VT US
42 James Pi Brooklyn NY US
42 Lund Donald Broomfield CO US
42 MacBird Bonnie Los Angeles CA US
42 Martin Tom Belchertown MA US
42 McGlothin Brent Kempner TX US
42 Miller Jenna Fargo ND US
42 Myerson Daniel Chicago IL US
42 Osborne Victoria Leander TX US
42 Payne Ronda Maple Ridge BC CA
42 Pearce Jean Blacktown NSW AU
42 Ramesch Jessica Panama PANAMA PA
42 Rawson Scott Reedsburg WI US
42 Ritterspach Amanda Jenera OH US
42 Rodriguez Candida Camden NJ US
42 Scott Alexandra New Orleans LA US
42 Shepherd Lisa Minneapolis MN US
42 Tyler Thomas Columbus OH US
42 Vernon Karen KATOOMBA NSW AU
42 Viglianco Zach St. Albans WV US
42 wood rebecca Ashland OR US







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