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Running out of gas
A hairstylist



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 'Intersections' by Lyn Worthen SYNOPSIS - Running out of gas should have spoiled Jace Donnelly’s entire day. But when Samantha “Sam” Greavy slid out of the garage’s service truck and into the trendy salon owner’s life, things suddenly became a great deal brighter.

#2 'The Standing Appointment' by Annesophia Richards SYNOPSIS - By sharing the stories of her previous client, a hairstylist is able to help mend a grieving husband’s broken heart and give them both a second chance at love.

#3 'Second Chances' by Tammy Mueller SYNOPSIS - Darla feels the fun part of her life is over, until she meets Barry when her car breaks down in the parking lot of her hair salon. His love for old cars extended to the older woman who drives it.

#4 'W.W.W.D.' by Andrew Moore SYNOPSIS - A man reflects on his past as he overcomes obstacles to make it to his wedding on time.

#5 'Igniting a Flame' by Elizabeth Neukirch SYNOPSIS - Liza sees her chance at culinary fame when Senator “Handsome Hank” Morris visits her restaurant, but then the unthinkable happens: she runs out of cooking gas. The Senator’s hairstylist comes up with an unlikely solution that saves the meal and wins Liza’s heart.

#Honorable Mention 'A Silver Lining ' by Richard Gatlin SYNOPSIS - In the turbulent civil rights era, a young woman’s car stalls in the town of Silver Hill.  It is there that the lines of color are blurred and begin to challenge everything she’s been taught.

#Honorable Mention 'Montana Mountain Blue' by Lauren Woods SYNOPSIS - Lonely Kate lives in self-imposed exile in the Montana mountains, interrupted only by the weekly arrival of Brody, who delivers gasoline for her generator. Her desire to pursue this new potential romance wars with her inability to let go of the past.

#Honorable Mention 'REFUEL' by Claire Phelps SYNOPSIS - A woman is able to reconnect to herself, allowing her to begin reconnecting with the world around her.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
49 Alexander Sandra Kingston ON CA
49 Brewster Chris Waverly NY US
49 Carton Christopher Cork Cork IE
49 Cottraux Suzanne Arlington TX US
49 Eaton Edward Boston MA US
49 florea michele phoenix AZ US
49 Gatlin Richard Mansfield TX US
49 Ghaffarzadeh Yashar Oakland CA US
49 Giannopoulou Ifigenia Brighton & Hove East Sussex GB
49 Hancock Angela Sparks NV US
49 Hicks Melissa Orpington Kent GB
49 Huizar Christina Austin TX US
49 Johnson Tara CAMBRIDGE ON CA
49 Jones Anna Witney Oxfordshire GB
49 Kalita Mriganka Dubai Dubai AE
49 Katana Laureen Elkins Park PA US
49 McDonald Charita Princeton NC US
49 Melville Hannah Montclair NJ US
49 Moore Andrew Vancouver BC CA
49 Moubray Ann Linden VA US
49 Mueller Tammy Bolingbrook IL US
49 Natusch Zenji Foxton   NZ
49 Neukirch Elizabeth Chicago IL US
49 Peacock Peggi Coquitlam BC CA
49 Phelps Claire Austin TX US
49 Pracht Holly Houston TX US
49 Richards Annesophia Wilmington NC US
49 Schroeder Chris San Francisco CA US
49 Stewart Samantha Williamston MI US
49 Stroud Brian MEMPHIS TN US
49 Tarrer Kendra Fresno CA US
49 Wachter Paul Grayslake IL US
49 Ward Natalie Willagee WA AU
49 Woods Lauren columbus MS US
49 Worthen Lyn Sandy UT US






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