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Sci-Fi
A hand-drawn map
An ultramarathoner

 

 

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 'Land of the Long White Cloud' by Kendra Recht SYNOPSIS - In a far away future of toxic air and domed cities, a new breed of professional sports has come about: External Reality Games, a more exciting and dangerous adaptation of video games which are set in real landscapes and feature real athletes, or Avatars, who are played by Controllers. The Outside is a forbidden, deadly place where only Avatars may go, but one Avatar and her Controller think theyíve found a Utopia where the apocalypse hasnít yet touched.


#2 'Detour' by Benjamin WIntersteen SYNOPSIS - When you are in a hundred mile race, leaving the planned route never goes well. After stumbling into something way out of his league, one runner finds out the hard way how far off course you can get.


#3 'Acceptable Losses' by Jackie Morgon SYNOPSIS - How does someone escape when an entire planet is destroyed by war?


#4 'Hungry' by Sally Brockway SYNOPSIS - It's the future. Unhealthy food is illegal and overweight Kyle is in rehab.


#5 'Distance' by Nik Larcombe SYNOPSIS - It is the last leg of the 35th Peacetime Ultramarathon and famed athlete, Asazi, is placing all of his faith in a scrawled map which was left at his door. Natural skill, a talented support team and a nano-engineered skinsuit suggest that Asaziís career is set to skyrocketÖ except that someone has distinctly sinister ideas to the contrary.


#Honorable Mention 'An Eager Hand Extended' by Matthew Pritchard SYNOPSIS - After his girlfriend takes a relationship break in Thailand to find herself, Andrew finds solace in running and raising money for charity. When an Alien makes contact, Andrew must decide whether to swap the good life he has today for the promise of a better one tomorrow.


#Honorable Mention 'Blood Alley' by Gabriela Berrios SYNOPSIS - When Alecís father was still alive, being a superhero meant doing good in the world. These days, itís all about the glitz, glamour, and how many sneaker brands you can get to sponsor you.


#Honorable Mention 'THE SANDSTORM' by Jennifer Reed SYNOPSIS - A message runner who seeks shelter at a respite outpost is surprised to find the volunteer manning it is a woman. Any dalliance that briefly crosses his mind quickly evaporates when he inadvertently discovers the futility of his mission.
 

 

           Heat Last Name First Name City State / Province Country
7 Alexander Sabrina Hogansville GA US
7 Batz Nellie Steelton PA US
7 Becker Sara Madison WI US
7 Bennett Nicole Silverdale WA US
7 Berrios Gabriela Lakewood Ranch FL US
7 Brockway Sally Kingston Surrey GB
7 Burkhardt Grant Mcmurray PA US
7 Evans Ethan Kearney MO US
7 Gladden Jennifer Charlotte NC US
7 guillotin joe San Antonio TX US
7 Hancock Jennifer Cabot AR US
7 Hennigan Jack Baltimore MD US
7 Huber LaRene Stevenson WA US
7 King Matt Chicago IL US
7 Larcombe Nik Milton Keynes Buckinghamshire GB
7 Lynds Jen Littleton ME US
7 Millard Jennifer Nottingham MD US
7 Milton Sharaya Edmonton AB CA
7 Missinne Catherine Omaha NE US
7 Morgon Jackie Beaverton OR US
7 Neumann Monica Seattle WA US
7 O'Toole Kathleen Los Angeles CA US
7 Pollard Douglas Boston MA US
7 PRITCHARD Matthew London London GB
7 Rajaram Maitreyi Dayton NJ US
7 Recht Kendra Quincy MA US
7 Reed Jennifer New York NY US
7 Reyes Elyse Coral Springs FL US
7 Roberts Michelle Tallahassee FL US
7 Smith Cynthia Kentville NS CA
7 Spaven Alison York North Yorkshire GB
7 Stark Elizabeth Fort Stewart GA US
7 Tindle Jani Pittsburgh PA US
7 Vera Valerie Dallas TX US
7 Wintersteen Benjamin Chandler AZ US

 

 

 

 

 




 

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