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A condemned apartment building
A nanny



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 'Bad Things Happen' by Dave Weber SYNOPSIS - An old man and a young woman, seeking to exorcise their personal demons, cross paths in an abandoned building. Outside, a violent storm rages, but that tempest is nothing compared to the chaos within as two lives marked by pain move towards a final resolution.

#2 'Greyzoned' by Lisa Jade (Rogers) SYNOPSIS - Moral responsibility has split society into three regions. Sometimes these borders are breached.

#3 'The Devil's Allies' by Loey Werking Wells SYNOPSIS - Chained to a pillar in a condemned apartment building, a kidnapped mother, her preschool-aged son, and his nanny must break a dangerous alliance in order to survive.

#4 'Hear and There of Castaway Arms' by Phil Saltonstall SYNOPSIS - A two way story of light and dark, sound and silence, nanny and child, housed in a tenement apartment building that became a cathedral.

#5 'Blood Colder Than Water' by Joshua Guffey SYNOPSIS - On the night he becomes a man, Duncan has one chance to seize his freedom-- if he can live with the price he will pay.

#Honorable Mention 'A Young Heart' by Michael Barnett SYNOPSIS - A senior in high school stumbles upon a mystery when her application to college comes back incomplete.

#Honorable Mention 'Baby and the Beast' by Margaret Della Rocca SYNOPSIS - An embittered former Nanny lures another Nanny and her baby into a condemned apartment. A monkey and a chimp intimidate the hostages while the kidnapper attempts an extortion plan.

#Honorable Mention 'Shard' by David Levy SYNOPSIS - A girl wakes up in the basement of a condemned building with no apparent hopes of surviving. She battles panic, pain, and a nagging suspicion that she's not the only one in the basement.



           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
45 Anne Christa Norfolk VA US
45 Barnett Michael Portland OR US
45 carey-zuniga a. wicklow Wicklow IE
45 Cook William Arlington VA US
45 Della Rocca Margaret Golden Valley MN US
45 Denning-Martin Nancy Nashville TN US
45 Doyle Alejandra Chapel Hill NC US
45 Garber Amaris Ballwin MO US
45 Guffey Joshua Waynesville MO US
45 Hodgson Caroline Hebden Bridge West Yorkshire GB
45 Hogue Theresa Beaufort SC US
45 Jarvis Deb Pelham NH US
45 Langston Eva Silver Spring MD US
45 Levy David Redondo Beach CA US
45 Lipton Jacqueline Pepper Pike OH US
45 Mahoney Kristie Nashua NH US
45 Maughan Rachael Bondi NSW AU
45 McDaniel-Miccio Kris Denver CO US
45 McDonald Jackson Surfside FL US
45 McGlinchey Jacquelyn Swartz Creek MI US
45 Miller Michelle Nashville TN US
45 Minchillo Vinny Plano TX US
45 O'Connor Gerald Glencullen Dublin IE
45 Raybourn Laura West Chester PA US
45 Rogers Lisa Telford Shropshire GB
45 Rutherford Fred Chong Brooklyn NY US
45 saltonstall phil mill valley CA US
45 seyl courtney tacoma WA US
45 Slavens Leslie Sag Harbor NY US
45 Spano J'nae Rae Lemon Grove CA US
45 Thomas Jennifer Chicago IL US
45 Weber Dave San Diego CA US
45 Werber Cheryl Pittsburgh PA US
45 Werking Wells Loey Portland OR US
45 Wodtke Jennifer Vancouver BC CA







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