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Romantic Comedy
Moving in together
A restaurant critic



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 'FoodFightFork' by Michelle Stephens SYNOPSIS - Hannah is in town for an interview that will breathe life into her floundering writing career, but what if the man she has come to interview, isnt the one she was expecting to meet?

#2 'Lexi's Country Kitchen' by Kirsten Doyle SYNOPSIS - Restaurant critic Zack faces a dilemma when he falls for a chef/restaurant owner who cooks the worst food hes ever tasted. Find out what happens as he asks his gay brother for advice, navigates an awkward first date, and ultimately helps the woman of his dreams find a solution to save her restaurant.

#3 'The Secret Ingredient' by Breene Murphy SYNOPSIS - A middle-aged woman decides to take control of her life and start a bakery. But when a prominent restaurant critic moves in above her store, she's challenged.

#4 'Critical Condition' by Christienne Jablonski SYNOPSIS - Emily moves in with her boyfriend, Raul, a food critic, and soon finds out that, in certain circumstances, he cant help but bring his work home with him.

#5 'Resort' by Dave McClain SYNOPSIS - An experienced restaurant reviewer's latest assignment gives him more than he bargained for - and less.

#Honorable Mention 'Jackhammers' by Laura Green SYNOPSIS - A young teacher, barely making it in Manhattan, is forced to find a roommate. Cohabitation with a widower cracks them both open and lays bare their ability to love.

#Honorable Mention 'Seems to be Fate' by Rachel Jones SYNOPSIS - Derrick has begun to feel trapped his girlfriend Susanne has just moved in, despite his better judgment, and hes become stymied in his career as an L.A. restaurant critic. But when he meets Nancy a waitress, and aspiring actress he finds new inspiration, and the hope that fate has something more in store.

#Honorable Mention 'Snow Angels' by Tatjana Mirkov-Popovicki SYNOPSIS - Fatima, a Syrian refugee girl in Canada, is moving into a tree-house with Alex, a Canadian boy whose mother owns the house where Fatima's family now lives.


           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
6 Akers Kendra Weskan KS US
6 Cavanaugh Leigh Toronto ON CA
6 Corlett Christopher Denver CO US
6 Doyle Kirsten Scarborough ON CA
6 Green Laura Austin TX US
6 Hammond Leigh-Ann Hartfordq CT US
6 Jablonski Christienne Colorado Springs CO US
6 Jones Rachel Oakland CA US
6 Jones Bann Janet Pensacola FL US
6 kalas tracy crystal lake IL US
6 Koushik Rashmi Seattle WA US
6 Kroner Kaitlyn Brooksville FL US
6 Langan John Philadelphia PA US
6 McBain Ian Toronto ON CA
6 McClain Dave Katy TX US
6 Meacham Aaron Indianapolis IN US
6 mendoza veronica BROOKLYN NY US
6 mirkov-popovicki Tatjana Port Moody BC CA
6 Murphy Breene Laguna Beach CA US
6 Oncale Cliff Thibodaux LA US
6 Patterson Rachel Eloise Coconut creek FL US
6 Pearson Lex Brooklyn NY US
6 Roberts Eleanor London London GB
6 Rodriguez Lynda FORT WORTH TX US
6 Sackville Roxanne Goulais River ON CA
6 Samurin Maria Toronto ON CA
6 Sanders Alice London London GB
6 Simeou Maria Wing Buckinghamshire GB
6 Sonntag Ruth London London GB
6 Stephens Michelle Fitzroy North VIC AU
6 TEEL PAUL mckinney TX US
6 Timms Monica Swindon Wiltshire GB
6 washburn alisha red wing MN US
6 Watson Dave Pittsburgh PA US
6 Wilkey Lacey Louisville KY US







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