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A ghost town
A refugee



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 'Moth in a Glass Jar' by Matthew Erman SYNOPSIS - Maggie on a date with Dev, confronts her own inadequacies in the abandoned remnants of a derelict amphitheatre.

#2 'The Unagax Girl and the Boy who Salutes Light' by Maria Reeves SYNOPSIS - After her village is destroyed by war, Naligax must choose between duty and love. Based on actual events.

#3 'Love Blooms Again in Rincon RV Park' by Wynne Maggi SYNOPSIS - Newly retired, Linda talks her husband Jim into moving into an RV community near Tucson in the hopes that their marital passion will be rekindled in the desert. Instead they find their new home desolate and empty in the summer heat, until they rescue a Central American refugee, and find their love renewed by common purpose.

#4 'Companion' by Thomas Tennant SYNOPSIS - Sitara Korapatti finds refuge from a war torn Earth at abandoned Lunar Base 318, where she encounters a mysterious man and his robotic rover.

#5 'Circular Motion' by Kreg Kearley SYNOPSIS - A young woman has a second chance with the young man who saved her life.

#Honorable Mention 'Atlanta' by Matt Overstreet SYNOPSIS - In the wake of the burning of Atlanta during the Civil War, a young woman learns a lesson about life and lies from an unlikely source with whom she becomes quickly fascinated.

#Honorable Mention 'Flower of Damascus' by Paula Franken SYNOPSIS - Teenage lovers, torn apart by war, come together decades later in Damascus. Haunted by their pasts and facing an uncertain future, they grasp for what might have been.

#Honorable Mention 'I Took a Trip Across the Sea…' by Nick Hutchinson SYNOPSIS - After the town of Binda is leveled by war, a man goes back in search of the woman he has fallen for.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
53 Benbow Ted Santa Rosa CA US
53 Cioffi Rachel Kingston NY US
53 Cortes Juan Naperville IL US
53 Egan Nikki New York City NY US
53 Eisnaugle Jill Texas City TX US
53 Erman Matthew Columbus OH US
53 Fetters Lopez lori huber heights OH US
53 Franken Paula Lewisburg PA US
53 Fullwood Joyce Durham NC US
53 Gallen Angela St Leonards East Sussex GB
53 Gracey Olivia Huntsville AL US
53 Hutchinson Nick Minneapolis MN US
53 Isbell Audra Brooklyn NY US
53 Kearley Kreg Spring Valley CA US
53 Kelvin Irene Sydney NSW AU
53 Kliossis Kolin Atlanta GA US
53 Lalo Ekaterina Brooklyn NY US
53 Lary Banning Lexington KY US
53 Lipsius Inge-Vera Amsterdam   NL
53 Luke George London London GB
53 Lyon Deirdrea Port Aransas TX US
53 Maggi Wynne Berthoud CO US
53 McGregor Cara Victoria BC CA
53 McPeake Bethany Nottingham Essex GB
53 Melendez Raul Ventura CA US
53 Morgan Davd Antigonish NS CA
53 Murdock Daniel Fairdale WV US
53 Overstreet Matt Glendale CA US
53 Pinn Tamara Howell NJ US
53 Randall William Indianapolis IN US
53 Reeves Maria El Paso TX US
53 Richards Bryce Los Angeles CA US
53 Tennant Tom Bay Village OH US
53 Walters Michelle Fairmont WV US






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