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Fairy Tale
Starting a rumor
An aspiring singer



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 'Song of the Wise Old Woman' by Jenny Fengler SYNOPSIS - The wise old woman who lives on the mountain receives a visitor with a mysterious and troublesome request, prompting her to spin the tragic tale of how the kingdom fell silent and the people lost their song.

#2 'Songbird's Lamentation' by Berti Walker SYNOPSIS - Calandra, a lovesick princess, decides to stop pining and take what she wants. But will the deal she strikes with the Slop Mire witch secure her happily ever after?

#3 'Beware the Princess, Beware the Song' by Dawn Raftery SYNOPSIS - Bastian, a soldier retired from war with a musical background, is enjoying his usual melancholic existence—drink in hand—when he encounters Nyx, a strange and beautiful princess with a lot of sisters. Nyx has aspirations beyond being a pretty ornament, and even better, a plan, but only if Bastian plays his part well and starts a little rumor.

#4 '100 Days since Our Children Left' by Icarus Graeme SYNOPSIS - Rumor becomes a magic spell that ruins the innocent and the guilty.

#5 'Little Bird' by Frank Neuschaefer SYNOPSIS - When a young girl at last shares her magical voice, she is abducted and imprisoned by the covetous men of the Powtow tribe.

#Honorable Mention 'Brother Cattail and the Chicken's Scratch' by Matt Byrum SYNOPSIS - Brother Cattail feels he needs some direction in his life, so when a friend gives him a guitar he goes to see the rooster on the farm who folks say can grant any desire for a price.

#Honorable Mention 'Sorrow Upon the Sea' by Kelly Fieger SYNOPSIS - Rumors swirl aboard the Kaletor, a ship anchored off the shores of a not so deserted island. The lone inhabitant of the island is a mysterious woman with many secrets, and the Captain is determined to unravel them. A brave, and potentially deadly, endeavor.

#Honorable Mention 'The Ascension of Baritone Prince Cedwig' by Bob Shar SYNOPSIS - Bonnie Prince Cedwig, aka Celibate Prince Cedwig awakes unhappily on the morning of his 31st birthday, to the sound of his ancient footman attempting to serenade him with the traditional birthday song and troubled by revelations garnered the night before from the malformed town crier/lady killing singing sensation) regarding the Prince’s birth. The town crier uses his considerable oratory skills during the Prince’s birthday celebration to hype the Prince as his immediate successor as singing sensation and the Prince gets a chance to discover his own sexuality.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
56 Barnett Kristina Portland OR US
56 Bostick Michael Indianapolis IN US
56 Brown Ruth-Ann North Conway NH US
56 Byrum Matt Dalton GA US
56 Chase Jennifer Beaverton OR US
56 Christine Tucker Bensalem PA US
56 Chukwujekwu Jennifer Sacramento CA US
56 Cook Emily Melbourne VIC AU
56 Davis Megan Carteret NJ US
56 De Vincentis MIchele Pequannock NJ US
56 Drowley Doug Lakewood WA US
56 Earnest Cathy Chicago IL US
56 Fengler Jenny Colorado Springs CO US
56 Fieger Kelly Bonnyville AB CA
56 Gardner Jacob Norwich Norfolk GB
56 Golden Ramona Bremerton WA US
56 Graeme Icarus Provo UT US
56 herring kyle dunedin   NZ
56 Imprixis Prodromos Shirley NY US
56 Ion Michaela San Diego CA US
56 Jarrett michelle South Lyon MI US
56 Muto Melissa Chicago IL US
56 Neuschaefer Frank Chicago IL US
56 Raftery Dawn Alsip IL US
56 reynolds harriet houston TX US
56 Ryan Claire London London GB
56 Schellenberg Arthur Brooklyn NY US
56 Shar Robert Winston-Salem NC US
56 Terziev Emil Toronto ON CA
56 Tinervin Kelli Grangeville ID US
56 Walker Berti Wellington FL US
56 Wheeler Kim Bridgnorth Shropshire GB
56 White Heather Plamondon AB CA
56 Willis Delynn Lubbock TX US
56 Zepper Kevin Moorhead MN US







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