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A cult
A barista



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 School of Forgiveness' by Rose Hartley SYNOPSIS - In the sleepy town of Murray Flats, Trixie’s violent father is found dead under the floorboards of a neighbour’s house; days later, the cult-like School of Forgiveness appears. When the women of Murray Flats start leaving their no-good husbands to worship at the School of Forgiveness, Inspector Hannah Hobbs believes the Principal is protecting Trixie from suspicion over her father’s death.

#2 'The Detective, The Big Man' by Christian Nguyen SYNOPSIS - New to the small town, a detective contends with locals, a cult, and his own identity.

#3 'Has Bean' by Laura Bennett SYNOPSIS - A university professor begins to investigate multiple disappearances when one of her hardworking students fails to come to class. She suspects foul play, but the truth is far more sinister than she could ever have imagined…

#4 'Milk Run' by Cody Lambert SYNOPSIS - Two characters, who should by no means come in contact, find themselves hurtled towards each other by the same mysterious event. They find themselves accidentally and unwittingly solving the mysterious death of a deity.

#5 'Sorry For Your Loss' by Elizabeth Johnson SYNOPSIS - When a mob boss’s girlfriend goes missing, Paul Donahue traces her disappearance to a cult of nuns whose dealings may be even more sinister than he imagined.

#Honorable Mention 'Broken Gears' by Heather Valenti SYNOPSIS - A Barista stands up for herself, but finds the consequences for her actions far more outreaching than she thought. A story of murder, radicals, and friendship.

#Honorable Mention 'Maryanne's: Anthony's Story' by Mark Steinwachs SYNOPSIS - This story is about a young man who learned that even with modern technology, sometimes it’s the old ways that show us the truth. The answers are there; one just needs to know how to read the signs.

#Honorable Mention 'Purify Now' by Rachel Wright SYNOPSIS - When a regular customer drops a business card and then fails to turn up for two days, a coffee shop barista finds himself in over his head. The business card leads him to make strange discoveries, before life as he knows it is changed forever.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
50 Allison Lee Porter Ranch CA US
50 Arevalo Stephanie Norwalk CT US
50 Bennett Laura Southport Merseyside GB
50 Chambers David Cork Cork IE
50 Cranford Justin Atlanta GA US
50 Degran Vivienne Melbourne VIC AU
50 Dun Dave Coffs Harbour NSW AU
50 Feldman Michele Maspeth NY US
50 Ford Deidre Oak Ridge TN US
50 Goodrow Dana San Diego CA US
50 Goosen Charmaine Secunda   ZA
50 Harris Lizabeth Chicago IL US
50 Hartley Rose Forest Range SA AU
50 Hicks Edward Sidcup Kent GB
50 hughes graeme rhayader Powys GB
50 Johnson Elizabeth Charlotte NC US
50 Lahikainen Allison Wappingers Falls NY US
50 Lambert Cody Branchland WV US
50 Makant Jordan Hildebran NC US
50 Moore Shimon Colorado Springs CO US
50 Murray Maeve Pittsburgh PA US
50 Nguyen Christian Columbus OH US
50 Oviatt Josh ROCKVILLE MD US
50 Perlee Courtney Hoboken NJ US
50 Poole Jack Swords Dublin IE
50 Redwood Benjamin Harlow Essex GB
50 Russell Paul Netcong NJ US
50 Slade Jeffrey Salmon Cove NL CA
50 Steinwachs Mark nashville TN US
50 Suppakittpaisarn Pongsakorn Champaign IL US
50 Townsend Carol Glendale Heights IL US
50 Valenti Heather Navarre FL US
50 Warne Amanda Glenmore Park NSW AU
50 Weihofen Jason Montgomery IL US
50 Wright Rachel Nottingham Nottinghamshire GB







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